Dr. Heffner's work has been supported by multiple organizational, NIH and other federally funded grants. Her growing leadership in aging research has been recognized locally and nationally, including as a selected scholar for the Tideswell UCSF Emerging Leaders in Aging Program. She is currently the Principal Investigator and Program Director for the Healthy Aging Research Program, supported by the UR Clinical Translational Science Institute, School of Nursing, and Department of Psychiatry.
Professor - Department of Medicine, Geriatrics/Aging (SMD) - Joint
Professor - Department of Psychiatry, Behav/Psychosoc Med (SMD) - Joint
Post-doctoral Training & Residency
Postdoctoral Fellowship in Psychoneuroimmunology, The Ohio State University 2001 - 2003
PhD | University of Nevada, Reno. Social Psychology. 2001
BA | University at Buffalo, State University of New York. Psychology. 1994
UCSF Tideswell Emerging Leaders in Aging, Leadership Scholar in Research. 2017 - 2018
W. G. Stuber Research Fellowship Award. 2015 - 2016
Selected cohort member; Developing from Within. 2014
Excellence in Research Incentive Program Award. 2013
Citation Poster. 2009
Collier Research Award, First Place. 2009
Citation Poster. 2008
Renewal award, National Institutes of Health Loan Repayment Program, Clinical Research Program. 2008
Invitation and Honorarium for attendance. 2008
Funding recipient, National Institutes of Health Loan Repayment Program, Clinical Research Program. 2006
University International Council, International Travel Award. 2006
Faculty Development Award. 2005
Social Psychology Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program Competitive Travel Award. 2000
Graduate Student Association Annual Research Competition, Finalist. 2000
Graduate Student Association (GSA) Merit Scholarship. 1998
Across these areas, my goal is to identify behavioral interventions that can affect multiple domains of older adults' well-being, including mood and anxiety, cognitive function, pain, and risk for chronic aging-related diseases.
Lead Researcher: Kathi Heffner
People who are at least 50 years old, report being lonely and are caregivers of a family member with dementia are eligible for this study. Loneliness is a problem that many people face, but it is not well understood why some people are lonely and ...
Wang J, Cheng Z, Kim Y, Yu F, Heffner KL, Quinones MM, Li Y
Journal of pain and symptom management.. 2022 January 23 Epub 01/23/2022.
Pigeon WR, Crean HF, Cerulli C, Gallegos AM, Bishop TM, Heffner KL
Psychotherapy and psychosomatics.. 2021 July 15 :1-13. Epub 07/15/2021.
Heffner KL, Quiñones MM, Gallegos AM, Crean HF, Lin F, Suhr JA
Aging & mental health.. 2021 March 30 :1-9. Epub 03/30/2021.
Chen Q, Yang H, Rooks B, Anthony M, Zhang Z, Tadin D, Heffner KL, Lin FV
Human brain mapping.. 2020 June 8 Epub 06/08/2020.
Lin FV, Tao Y, Chen Q, Anthony M, Zhang Z, Tadin D, Heffner KL
NeuroImage.. 2020 June 213 :116730. Epub 03/09/2020.
Elliot AJ, Heffner KL, Mooney CJ, Moynihan JA, Chapman BP
Journal of aging and health.. 2018 July 30 (6):904-923. Epub 03/20/2017.
Gallegos AM, Crean HF, Pigeon WR, Heffner KL
Clinical psychology review.. 2017 December 58 :115-124. Epub 1900 01 01.
Lin F, Ren P, Wang X, Anthony M, Tadin D, Heffner KL
The Journal of physiology.. 2017 November 15595 (22):6969-6978. Epub 10/25/2017.
Ren P, Heffner KL, Jacobs A, Lin F
The American journal of geriatric psychiatry : official journal of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry.. 2017 November 25 (11):1225-1233. Epub 06/27/2017.
Lin F, Heffner KL, Ren P, Tadin D
Current Alzheimer research.. 2017 14 (7):784-789. Epub 1900 01 01.
Devereux PG, Heffner KL, Doane MJ, Gosser B, Nolan M
Journal of health psychology.. 2016 October 21 (10):2247-58. Epub 03/16/2015.
Lin F, Heffner KL, Ren P, Tivarus ME, Brasch J, Chen DG, Mapstone M, Porsteinsson AP, Tadin D
Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.. 2016 June 64 (6):1293-8. Epub 1900 01 01.
Heffner KL, Crean HF, Kemp JE
Psychological trauma : theory, research, practice and policy.. 2016 May 8 (3):365-74. Epub 01/11/2016.
Lin F, Ren P, Cotton K, Porsteinsson A, Mapstone M, Heffner KL
The American journal of geriatric psychiatry : official journal of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry.. 2016 May 24 (5):374-8. Epub 01/12/2016.
Pigeon WR, Heffner KL, Crean H, Gallegos AM, Walsh P, Seehuus M, Cerulli C
Contemporary clinical trials.. 2015 November 45 (Pt B):252-260. Epub 09/04/2015.
Lin F, Heffner K, Mapstone M, Chen DG, Porsteisson A
The American journal of geriatric psychiatry : official journal of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry.. 2014 November 22 (11):1210-21. Epub 07/23/2013.
Heffner KL, Kiecolt-Glaser JK, Glaser R, Malarkey WB, Marshall GD
Annals of allergy, asthma & immunology : official publication of the American College of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology.. 2014 July 113 (1):13-8. Epub 04/13/2014.
Lin F, Roiland R, Heffner K, Johnson M, Chen DG, Mapstone M
Journal of psychosomatic research.. 2014 June 76 (6):458-64. Epub 04/16/2014.
Lin F, Suhr J, Diebold S, Heffner KL
Psychoneuroendocrinology.. 2014 April 42 :118-23. Epub 01/22/2014.
Annals of behavioral medicine : a publication of the Society of Behavioral Medicine.. 2013 August 46 (1):7-8. Epub 1900 01 01.
Poleshuck EL, Talbot NL, Moynihan JA, Chapman BP, Heffner KL
Pain medicine : the official journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine.. 2013 May 14 (5):686-91. Epub 04/22/2013.
Heffner KL, Devereux PG, Ng HM, Borchardt AR, Quigley KS
Experimental aging research.. 2013 39 (2):162-78. Epub 1900 01 01.
Heffner KL, Ng HM, Suhr JA, France CR, Marshall GD, Pigeon WR, Moynihan JA
The American journal of geriatric psychiatry : official journal of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry.. 2012 September 20 (9):744-52. Epub 1900 01 01.
Heffner KL, Waring ME, Roberts MB, Eaton CB, Gramling R
Social science & medicine.. 2011 May 72 (9):1482-8. Epub 03/30/2011.
Rethorst CD, Moynihan J, Lyness JM, Heffner KL, Chapman BP
Psychosomatic medicine.. 2011 April 73 (3):265-9. Epub 03/01/2011.
Immunology and allergy clinics of North America.. 2011 February 31 (1):95-108. Epub 1900 01 01.
Heffner KL, France CR, Trost Z, Ng HM, Pigeon WR
The Clinical journal of pain.. 2011 January 27 (1):35-41. Epub 1900 01 01.
Pigeon WR, Heffner K, Duberstein P, Fiscella K, Moynihan J, Chapman BP
Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine : JABFM.. 2011 24 (2):161-8. Epub 1900 01 01.
Suhr JA, Patterson SM, Austin AW, Heffner KL
The journal of nutrition, health & aging.. 2010 December 14 (10):840-3. Epub 1900 01 01.
Gramling R, Heffner KL, Klein WM, Zajac LE, Roberts M, Eaton CB
BioPsychoSocial medicine.. 2010 September 214 (1):11. Epub 09/21/2010.
Kiecolt-Glaser JK, Heffner KL, Glaser R, Malarkey WB, Porter K, Atkinson C, Laskowski B, Lemeshow S, Marshall GD
Psychoneuroendocrinology.. 2009 June 34 (5):670-80. Epub 01/15/2009.
Heffner KL, Loving TJ, Kiecolt-Glaser JK, Himawan LK, Glaser R, Malarkey WB
Journal of behavioral medicine.. 2006 August 29 (4):317-25. Epub 06/20/2006.
Heffner KL, Kiecolt-Glaser JK, Loving TJ, Glaser R, Malarkey WB
Journal of behavioral medicine.. 2004 June 27 (3):233-54. Epub 1900 01 01.
Heffner KL, Loving TJ, Robles TF, Kiecolt-Glaser JK
Brain, behavior, and immunity.. 2003 February 17 Suppl 1 :S109-11. Epub 1900 01 01.
Heffner KL, Ginsburg GP, Hartley TR
International journal of psychophysiology : official journal of the International Organization of Psychophysiology.. 2002 May 44 (2):165-75. Epub 1900 01 01.
Kiecolt-Glaser JK, Robles TF, Heffner KL, Loving TJ, Glaser R
Annals of oncology : official journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology. 2002 13 Suppl 4 :165-9. Epub 1900 01 01.
Handbook of Psychoneuroimmunology (2014)
Chapter: Stress and immune function in humans: A life-course perspective
Authors: Moynihan, J. A.; Heffner, K. L.; Caserta, M.; O'Connor, T.
Publisher: Oxford: John Wiley & Sons 2014
The Encyclopedia of Positive Psychology (2009)
Authors: Heffner, K. L.
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell 2009
The Encyclopedia of Human Relationships (2009)
Chapter: Isolation: Health effects
Authors: Heffner, K. L.
Publisher: Sage 2009
Cambridge Handbook of Personal Relationships (2006)
Chapter: Physiology and interpersonal relationships
Authors: Loving, T. J.; Heffner, K. L.; Kiecolt-Glaser, J. K.
Publisher: Cambridge University Press 2006