Andrew Heck, Psy.D, ABPP, is an experienced presenter and clinician within the field of geriatric psychology. A licensed clinical psychologist in Virginia, USA, Dr Heck currently works as the Director of Clinical Services and the Research Director at Piedmont Geriatric Hospital in Burkeville, Virginia. Dr. Heck is board-certified in Geropsychology and in Clinical Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology, and he is a founding member of the American Board of Geropsychology’s Board of Directors. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Gerontology at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and holds Clinical faculty appointments in the Psychiatry, Pharmacy, and Psychology Departments at VCU as well.
He has published extensively in the academic journals on various topics related to neurocognitive disorders in the elderly, dementia, geriatric ethics, aggressive behaviours in the elderly and the recovery model in aged care. In addition to his work at Piedmont Geriatric Hospital, Dr. Heck provides consultation, training and clinical services to assisted living and nursing facilities, both Intermediate Care Facilities (ICF) and Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF). He has testified as an expert witness on geriatric-forensic issues and has provided assistance to legal professionals regarding capacity and competency issues. Dr. Heck also specializes in geropsychological assessment, differential diagnosis of dementia, behavioural treatment, severe mental illness in the elderly and the Recovery model in mental health.
He is a dynamic, entertaining and engaging speaker who uses clinical examples to facilitate the practical application of his methods. The enthusiastic and passionate speaker he is, he’s known for his ability to infuse humor and heart into his work with older individuals and those who provide their care.