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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.

Curriculum Vitae


University of Chicago Medical School – 2008-2009

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences
Pre-doctoral Internship

Wayne State University, Detroit, MI – 2009

Ph.D. Clinical Psychology
Minor areas of Specialization: Neuropsychology, Developmental

Wayne State University, Detroit, MI – 2006

M.A. Clinical Psychology

Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI – December 2002

B.A. in Psychology
Minor: Communication Arts & Sciences (Oral Rhetoric)



Hope College, Holland, MI
July 2023 – Current


Calvin University, Grand Rapids MI
August 2009 – July 2023

Psychology Intern

University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
July 2008 – June 2009

Research Assistant

PET Center, Children’s Hospital of Michigan
Supervisor: Dr. Michael Behen
September 2004-June 2008

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
September 2003 – May 2008


State of Michigan, Fully Licensed Psychologist #6301014193