Adjunct Assistant Professor

Heidi Horsley

Dr. Heidi Horsley, is a grief expert and the Executive Director and Co-Founder of Open to Hope, an international organization committed to providing hope and resources to grieving people. She co-hosts an award winning cable TV show and radio show. She splits her time between NYC and Arizona, and teaches classes both online and residentially.

Dr. Horsley serves on The Compassionate Friends National Board of Directors, and on the Advisory Boards for the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors of Loss, the Elisabeth Kubler-Ross Foundation, and the Childrens Brain Tumor Foundation. She has appeared on ABC’s 20/20, and been quoted in the Washington Post, Time Magazine, Newsday, and the New York Daily News. For ten years, Dr. Horsley served as a co-investigator for the FDNY-Columbia University Family Guidance Program, a study providing ongoing intervention and follow-up to families of firefighters who died on 9/11.

Dr. Horsley received clinical training at Manhattan Psychiatric Center, St. Luke’s/Roosevelt Hospital, and California Pacific Medical Center. Her research interests focus on grief and loss, and she wrote her doctoral dissertation on the sudden death of a sibling. She holds a PsyD in psychology from the University of San Francisco, an MS in mental health counseling from Loyola University in New Orleans, and an MSW from the Columbia University School of Social Work.