Heather Flynn, Ph.D.


Heather A. Flynn, Ph.D., is a Professor at the Florida State University (FSU), College of Medicine and Chair of the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Social Medicine. She is the Director of the FSU Center for Behavioral Health Integration.

Dr. Flynn received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Florida State University and completed a mental health and substance use fellowship at the University of Michigan Medical School in 1998. She served on the faculty at the UM Department of Psychiatry from 1998-2011, where she co-founded the UM Women and Infants Mental Health Program.

Dr. Flynn’s research is focused on improved identification, treatment, and outcomes for behavioral health disorders, with a particular focus on women and children. As a clinical psychologist, she has worked for over 25 years as a clinician, researcher, and trainer in the behavioral health field.

Her work is specifically aimed at developing and testing for behavioral health in medical and community settings. Dr. Flynn is also involved in statewide, national, and international work on improving behavioral health approaches and outcomes. She is the Co-Chair of the Florida Maternal Mental Health Collaborative and the Women & Mood Disorders Task Group Chair within the National Network of Depression Centers. She has worked with teams to develop international quality standards by implementing processes for practitioner and trainer/supervisor certifications in evidence-based behavioral health treatments, including Motivational Interviewing and Interpersonal Psychotherapy.

In 2018, Dr. Flynn was appointed to serve on the Florida Governors Mental Health Task Force. She also served as a member of the Florida Statewide Suicide Prevention Task Force, and in 2020 was appointed to the Florida Governors Opioid Task Force. Dr. Flynn is passionate about community-partnered, collaborative work to improve mental health and substance use for families in the US and worldwide.

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