A.J. Heritage, PhD

    A.J. Heritage, PhD

    A.J. helps kids and young adults ages 5 – 25, and their families, develop new skills and strategies to effectively deal with behavior problems, depression, anxiety, and adjusting to new situations like moving, going to a new school, or transitioning to college. A.J. also works with high-school and college athletes for a range of issues including performance anxiety, injury recovery, and performance improvement.

    A.J. also provides testing for children and adolescents from 6 years old through college, including the evaluation of cognitive and intellectual abilities (IQ), academic achievement testing and learning differences, and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). A.J. is also trained to administer the ADOS-2 assessment, which is the empirically-supported “gold standard” evaluation for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

    Experience:

    • Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Vanderbilt University
    • Predoctoral internship with the Vanderbilt-VA Internship Consortium in Professional Psychology
    • Postdoctoral fellowship focusing on therapy and assessment with children and adolescents
    • Vanderbilt Kennedy Center UCEDD Trainee in Developmental Disabilities
    • Internship rotation in Vanderbilt Athletics
    • Adjunct faculty at TSU & Lipscomb University

     

    Fun Fact

    A.J. played hockey in Canada for 3 years and holds both US and Canadian citizenship

    Life Goals

    Life Goals

    • To visit every National Park in the US
    • To climb every ‘14er’ in the state of Colorado (where he grew up)
    • To go fly fishing for King Salmon in Alaska

    Favorite Movie/TV Shows

    Favorite Movie/TV Shows

    • Parks & Recreation
    • The Office
    • Criminal Minds
    • Happy Gilmore

    Favorite Activities

    Favorite Activities

    • Playing & Watching Hockey
    • Rock Climbing
    • Camping, Hiking & fly fishing
    • Learning to play guitar