Heather M. Joseph, DO

  • Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Dr. Joseph is a child and adolescent psychiatrist and physician-investigator. She is an attending physician on the Behavioral Health Consultation and Liaison Service at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. Her research interest is in the detection of early signals of inattention in neonates, infants,and toddlers at familial risk for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Additionally, she aims to identify protective and resilience factors that may serve as points of early intervention to reduce the development of ADHD and associated impairments. Further combining her clinical and research interests, Dr. Joseph is developing a line of work to examining environmental predictors and neurodevelopmental outcomes for neonates and infants with congenital heart disease, a population at increased risk of ADHD and developmental delays, who develop delirium during their hospital admission.

Professional and Scientific Society Memberships

  • American Psychiatry Association (APA), 2007-2018 
  • American Osteopathic Association (AOA), 2007-2013 
  • American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP), 2010-Present 
  • PA Psychiatric Society, 2011-Present
  • American Medical Association (AMA), 2013 
  • Pittsburgh Regional Organization of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (PROCAP), 2013-Present
  • Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine (APM), 2015-2018 
  • American Professional Society on ADHD and Related Disorders (APSARD), 2017-Present 
  • Society for Research in Child Development, 2019-Present

Education & Training

  • BS, Biology & Psychology, The Ohio State University, 2007
  • DO, Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine, 2011
  • Residency in General Psychiatry, UPMC Western Psychiatric Institute & Clinic, 2011-2014
  • Fellowship in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, UPMC Western Psychiatric Institute & Clinic, 2014-2016
  • Clinical Research Certificate Program, University of Pittsburgh Institute for Clinical Research Education, 2015-2018
  • NIMH T32 Postdoctoral Research Scholar, University of Pittsburgh, 2016-2019

Selected Publications

Pedersen, S.L., Kennedy, T.M., Joseph, H.M., Molina, B.S.G. (Under Review). An Examination of fluctuation in ADHD symptoms throughout the day and across school and non-school days.  

Joseph, H. M., McKone, K. M. P., Molina, B.S.G., Shaw, D. S. (Under Review). Early Temperamental Risk Factors for ADHD-Related Behaviors in Childhood.  

Molina, B.S.G., Kipp, H.L., Joseph, H.M., Engster, S.A., Harty, S., Dawkins, M., Lindstrom, R.A., Bauer, D.A., Bangalore, S. (2019). Stimulant diversion risk among college students treated for ADHD: PCP prevention training. Academic Pediatrics.  

Joseph, H. M., Farmer, C., Kipp, H., Kolko, D., Aman, M., McGinley, M., Arnold, L.E., Gadow, K., Findling, R., Molina, B.S.G. (2019). Attendance and engagement in parent training predict child behavioral outcomes in children pharmacologically treated for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and severe aggression. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology.  

Wang, F., Joseph, H. M., Gnagy, E. M., Pelham, W. E., Pedersen, S., Molina, B. S. G. (2019) Role of ADHD in the Co-occurrence between Heavy Alcohol Use and Depression Trajectories in Adulthood. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research. 

Joseph, H. M., Kennedy, T. M., Gnagy, E., Pelham, W., Perlman, S., Molina, B.G.S. (2019). Fathers with Childhood ADHD, Parenting, and their Young Children's Behavior: Offspring of the Pittsburgh ADHD Longitudinal Study (PALS). Child Psychiatry and Human Development.  

Gopalan, P., Glance, J., Valpey, R., Joseph, H. M., & Shenai, N. (2018). Development of a Women’s Mental Health Curriculum and Evolution to a Women’s Mental Health Area of Concentration in a Psychiatry Residency Program. Archives of Women’s Mental Health.  

Joseph, H. M., Emery, R. L., Bogen, D. L., & Levine, M. D. (2017). The Influence of Smoking on Breast feeding Among Women Who Quit Smoking During Pregnancy. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 19(5), 652-655. 

Molina, B. S., Gnagy, E. M., Joseph, H. M., & Pelham, W. E. (2016). Antisocial Alcoholism in Parents of Adolescents and Young Adults With Childhood ADHD. Journal of Attention Disorders, 1087054716680074.  

Full Publication List via NIH PubMed »

Research Grants

K23 MH121585, Early signal of inattention in neonates and infant at familial risk for ADHD, 2020-2024, NIMH

Junior Investigator Award, Early signal of inattention in toddlers at familial risk for ADHD, 2018-2020, AACAP and other industry supporters, $60,000