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Heather Halko, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Heather Halko is a postdoctoral fellow at Judge Baker’s Children Center within the Center for Effective Child Therapy and the Quality Care Initiative. Dr. Halko graduated summa cum laude from the University of Montana with her B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Human and Family Development. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with a Child, Adolescent, and Family emphasis from the University of Montana. She completed her doctoral internship at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center in Albuquerque, NM.

Dr. Halko has significant clinical experience treating a variety of mental health challenges, and has worked extensively with children, adolescents, families, and adults in a variety of settings, such as community- and school-based mental health clinics, therapeutic group homes, inpatient psychiatric hospitals, and other integrated behavioral health settings (e.g., specialty trauma clinic; inpatient pediatric rehabilitation unit; speech, language, and hearing clinic). She has training in evidence-based models such as Managing and Adapting Practices (MAP); Modular Approach to Treatment for Children with Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, or Conduct Problems (MATCH-ADTC); Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT); Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT); Attachment, Self-Regulation, and Competency (ARC); Motivational Interviewing (MI); and cognitive-behavior therapy (CBT) for depression and anxiety.

Dr. Halko’s program of research has focused on the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based practice (EBPs) for underserved youth in accessible service settings, particularly within rural schools. In her dissertation, Dr. Halko examined the dissemination and implementation of trauma-informed care within rural schools across the state of Montana. She also engages in research focused on the use of implementation measurement tools to inform the planning, execution, and evaluation of implementation endeavors. As part of Judge Baker’s Quality Care Initiative, Dr. Halko provides consultation and implementation support in MATCH-ADTC to community mental health agencies. Dr. Halko has presented her work at national conferences and is a member of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), Society for Implementation Research Collaborative (SIRC), and AcademyHealth.