Adjunct Assistant Professor

Heidi Horsley

Dr. Heidi Horsley is a grief expert and the Executive Director of Open to Hope, an international organization committed to providing hope and resources to grieving people. She co-hosts a weekly award-winning cable television show and podcast.

Dr. Horsley serves on the Advisory Boards for the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors of Military Loss (TAPS), the Elisabeth Kubler-Ross Foundation, and Peace of Mind Afghanistan.  She is the Founding Member for Tuesdays Children Survivors Tragedy Outreach Program (STOP), a coalition offering peer support to individuals impacted by acts of terrorism and military conflict. Dr. Horsley has a private practice in New York City and has co-authored eight books on grief and loss. She has appeared on ABC’s 20/20 and been quoted in numerous media venues. For ten years, Dr. Horsley served as a co-investigator for the FDNY-Columbia University Family Guidance Program, a longitudinal study providing ongoing intervention and follow-up to families of firefighters who were killed 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 School of Social Work.