Adjunct Assistant Professor

Heidi Horsley

Dr. Heidi Horsley, LCSW, 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 maintains a private practice in Manhattan, and co-hosts an award winning cable TV and syndicated talk radio show.

Dr. Horsley serves on The Compassionate Friends National Board of Directors, and on the Advisory Board for the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors of Military Loss (TAPS). She has appeared on ABC’s 20/20, and been quoted in the Metro World News, the Washington Post, Time, Newsday, and the New York Daily News, among other media outlets.  She offers presentations, workshops, and professional continuing education courses for healthcare professionals throughout the country. For ten years, Dr. Horsley served as a co-investigator of the FDNY-Columbia University Family Guidance Program, a study providing ongoing intervention and follow-up to families of firefighters who died on 9/11. She also conducted workshops for bereaved siblings as part of this program.

Dr. Horsley received clinical training at Manhattan Psychiatric Center, St. Luke’s/Roosevelt Hospital, and California Pacific Medical Center in the adult and child psychiatry departments.  Her clinical experience includes service in a university counseling center, a residential treatment center, a mental health clinic, a juvenile detention facility, and several school settings. Her research interests focus on grief and loss, and she wrote her doctoral dissertation on the sudden death of a sibling. She holds a doctorate in psychology from the University of San Francisco, a master’s degree in mental health counseling from Loyola University in New Orleans, and a master’s degree from the Columbia School of Social Work.