She is the author of four published children’s books; one of which is an iParenting Award winner.
Numerous academic positions with the University of Washington, including as a:
- Research Scientist with the Department of Psychiatry (2014-2016);
- Research Scientist with the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute (2005-2013);
- Research Consultant and Postdoc with the Department of Psychology (2004-2008);
- Writer/Analyst with the School of Social Work, Social Development Research Group (1997-2000);
- Researcher with the Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center (1995-1997).
Education, Titles, and Degrees
- 2004-2006: Postdoctoral Award Recipient, University of Washington, Department of Psychology, Alcohol Studies with G. Alan Marlatt, PhD
- 1999: Ph.D., Educational Psychology, University of Washington, Seattle. Specializations: Research Methods & Statistics; Prediction & Prevention of Youth Risky Behavior; Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
- 1998: B.A., Psychology, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA
- 1992: M.A., Clinical Psychology, State University of New York at Brockport
- 1991: Research Internship, Western Psychiatric Institute & Clinic, Attention Deficit Disorder Program, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
First- and Second-Author Publications
Lonczak, H.S., Thomas, L.R., Donovan, D.M., Austin, L., Sigo, R. L.W., Lawrence, N., & the Suquamish Tribe (2013). Navigating the tide together: Early collaboration between tribal and academic partners in a CBPR study. Pimatisiwin: A Journal of Indigenous & Aboriginal Community Health, 11(3), 395-409. (link)
Lonczak, H.S., Fernandez, A., Austin, L., & Marlatt, G.A. (2007). Family Structure and substance use among American Indian youth. Family Systems & Health, 25(1), 10-22.
Lonczak, H.S., Neighbors, D., & Donovan, D.M. (2007). Predicting risky and angry driving as a function of gender. Accident, Analysis & Prevention, 39(3), 536-545. (link)
Lonczak, H.S, Clifasefi, S., Marlatt, G.A., & Blume, A. (2006). Religious coping and psychological functioning in a correctional population. Mental Health, Religion & Culture, 9(2), 171-192.
Lonczak, H.S., Abbott, R.D., Hawkins, J.D., & Catalano, R.F. (2002). Effects of the Seattle Social Development Project on Sexual Behavior, Pregnancy, Birth, and STD Outcomes by Age 21. Archives of Pediatric Medicine, 156(5), 438-47. (link)
Lonczak, H.S., Huang, B., Catalano, R.F., Hawkins, J.D., Hill, K.G., Abbott, R.D., & Ryan, J.A.M. (1999). The social predictors of adolescent alcohol misuse: A test of the Social Development Model. Journal of Studies in Alcohol, 62(2), 179-89. (link)
Collins, S.E., Lonczak, H.S., & Clifasefi, S.L. (2017). Seattle’s Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) Program: Effects on recidivism outcomes. Evaluation and Program Planning, 64, 49-56. (link)
Clifasefi, S.L., Lonczak, H.S., Collins, S.E. (2017). Seattle’s Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) Program: Within-subjects changes on housing, employment and income/benefits outcomes and associations with recidivism. Crime & Delinquency, 63, 429–445. (link)
Osilla, K. K., Lonczak, H. S., Mail, P. D., Larimer, M. E. & Marlatt, G. A. (2008). Regular tobacco use among American Indian and Alaska Native Adolescents: An examination of protective mechanisms. Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse, 6, 143-153.
Hawkins, J.D, Lonczak, H.S., Abbott, R.D., Kosterman, R., & Catalano, R.F. (2002). Overstating the behavioral effects of the Seattle Social Development Project. Archives of Pediatric Medicine, 156(11), 1155-1156.
Strakowski S., Lonczak H., Crist A., Mehta R., & Thienhaus O. (1995). The Effects of race on diagnosis and disposition from a psychiatric emergency service. The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 56, 1001-107.
Published Children’s Books:
Lonczak, H. (2007). Mookey the monkey gets over being teased. Wash, D.C.: Magination Press.
Lonczak, H. (2006). Henry’s ride. Seattle: Ivy Lane Press.
Lonczak, H. (2019). My friend Gideon. Seattle: IngramSpark.
Lonczak, H. (2019). Gus becomes a big brother: An adoption story. Seattle: IngramSpark. In Press.
A Personal Message From Heather
My goal is to inspire, entertain and even empower readers of all ages. If I am successful in teaching a reader about salient psychological or community issues; or in making a child giggle or feel more capable, then my work is done! I write about issues of social significance with the aim of making a meaningful difference to my readers and the larger community.