About Dr. Heidi Lepper, Ph.D.

Dr. Lepper is a happiness trainer specializing in positive psychology. She can help you to handle stressful situations and relationships with greater skill and emotional consideration.She can help you to open yourself up to new ideas and ways of thinking, to make better choices in relationships and life, and to become more successful in all of your endeavors. She is not a licensed therapist, she does not engage in “counseling.”

Heidi S. Lepper, Ph.D. offers consulting and/or coaching to individuals as well as organizations in emotional skills building as well as psychological skills training. Helping individuals to recognize ineffectual thinking and emotional styles and building upon that recognition with a process of scientifically-based and clinically-based restructuring programs is the basis of this consultation.

Emotional Skills Training

A wide range of areas can be incorporated into emotional skills training, among those areas include:

  • Understanding human emotional and mood experience.
  • Understanding mood alteration and maintenance.
  • Recognition of the emotional expressions of others.
  • Alteration of the emotional expressions of oneself.
  • Overall improvement in emotional and interpersonal functioning.
  • Cognitive restructuring and psychological skills building.
  • Positive psychology and the restructuring of happiness and well-being.

Areas of Expertise:

MIRROR© program designed to facilitate emotional self-awareness, awareness of self-made facial expressions of emotion as well as a tool to alter negative moods and maintain positive moods.

Academic background:

Heidi Lepper received her Ph.D. in Social/Personality Psychology from the University of California, Riverside in 1996. Dr. Lepper’s scientific research has focused on psychological well-being and its relationship with physical health and happiness in the elderly. Her work is published in a wide range of empirical journals and books. Dr. Lepper currently teaches undergraduate courses in psychology at Drake University in Des Moines, IA.

Selected Publications:

  1. Lepper, H.S., DiMatteo, M.R., & Tinsley, B.J. (1994). Postpartum depression: How much do obstetric nurses and obstetricians know? Birth: Issues in Perinatal Care, 21(3), 149-154.
  2. Lepper, H.S., Martin, L.R., & DiMatteo, M.R. (1995). A model of nonverbal exchange in physician-patient expectations for patient involvement. Journal of Nonverbal Behavior, 19(4), 207-222.
  3. DiMatteo, M.R., Morton, S.C., Lepper, H.S., Damush, T.M., Carney, M.F., Pearson, M.L., & Kahn, K.L. (1996). Cesarean childbirth and psychosocial outcomes: A meta-analysis. Health Psychology, 15(4), 303-314.
  4. Lepper, H.S. (1998). Use of other-reports to validate subjective well-being measures. Social Indicators Research, 44, 367-379.
  5. Lyubomirsky, S. & Lepper, H. S. (1999). A measure of subjective happiness: Preliminary reliability and construct validation. Social Indicators Research, 46(2), 137-155.

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Emotional Skills Training

To be successful in life, you need to maintain a healthy set of emotional skills. Your self-esteem and ability to be an independent and self-determining individual depends on your capacity to be self-aware of your moods and emotional state. Your emotional skills come into play in your personal interactions with others as well as your ability to feel empathy and compassion. They enable you to withstand the stress and strain of daily life and quickly adapt to challenges with flexibility and creativity.

We learn emotional skills starting at an early age. Yet, not everyone develops the degree of emotional skills they will need in their lives. I offer individual training so you can learn new and more effective emotional skills that will serve to enhance your success in life.

Float Your Tougue

Whenever we are not actually asleep, talking, eating or drinking, our tongues are engaged in very fine movements that are essentially forming the words of our thoughts. And those thoughts are often times negative and self-defeating. The daily practice of not letting your tongue make those private words will help you learn the practice of more positive and hopeful thinking. With your lips closed, float your tongue in the middle of your mouth not letting it touch the top, bottom or sides…feels funny! Hold it for as long as you can many times a day. While going to sleep is a great time to try it!

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