She earned her Ph.D. from the Tulane School of Social Work in 2009, and her MSSW degree from the University of Tennessee. Since 1999, Dr. Gillis has focused her teaching efforts on field education, methods of practice, learning and research for practice. She was the Director of Field Education from 2009-2000. Prior to coming to Tulane, she worked primarily in inpatient mental health serving adults, adolescents, and children, and moved into administering a large inpatient and outpatient child and adolescent mental health program. Dr. Gillis is a licensed clinical social worker and a board-approved clinical supervisor who has worked in direct practice for more than 30 years.
Lewis, J.S. & Gillis, H.J. (2008). Reflections from the field: On the road to recovery. Traumatology, 14(4), 55-62.
Gillis, H., & Lewis, J. S. (2004). Addressing the issue of psychiatric disability in social work interns: The need for a problem-solving framework. Journal of Social Work Education, 40(3), 391-402
“You Never Know Where You’ll Find a Social Worker.” MS NASW Annual Conference, March 28, 2014.
Adolescent Development: Risk & Protective Factors for Juvenile Justice. Heather Gillis. Louisiana FINS Association, 2013 Annual Conference, May 9, 2013.
Increasing Your Longevity in the Social Work Profession. Heather Gillis. Continuing Education, Ochsner Hospital Care Management, May 2013 & People’s Health, May 2012
Trauma-Informed Supervision for Beginning Social Workers. Heather Gillis. Continuing Education, Tulane School of Social Work, June 25, 2011.