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Dr. Emily Helder

Researcher, Clinician, Professor

Hope College

Emily Helder is a Clinical Neuropsychologist and a Professor of Psychology at Hope College. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, with specializations in Neuropsychology and Development, from Wayne State University, and completed her clinical internship at the University of Chicago Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience. Her research focuses on the impact of early neglect, abuse, and other adverse childhood experiences as well as protective factors and interventions that can address these impacts. Her clinical work includes assessment and intervention for children and teens who are adopted or in foster care. She has published over 20 journal articles and book chapters and is the co-editor of the Routledge Handbook of Adoption (Routledge, 2020). Her interests also encompass mental health policy and she serves on the Kent County Community Mental Health Board.