Personal Information

California School of Professional Psychology

Clinical Psychology

San Francisco Beach St Campus

Associate Professor

Associate Professor

Alliant International University San Francisco
One Beach Street, Suite 100
San Francisco CA 94133-1221

415-955-2134

Courses, Research Interests, Publications

Advanced Clinical Skills: Mindfulness and Acceptance-Based Therapies

Observation and Interviewing

Theory & Technique of Clinical Practice: Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

Therapist Expressive Behavior

Intercultural Awareness

Psy.D. Proposal Design

Charismatic communication; musical theatre and attitude change; mindfulness and improvisation; humor; constructivist therapies; transpersonal psychology; cognitive therapy; psychedelics

Heide, F. J. (2013). A lamp unto himself: Alan Watts and the illumination of spirit. PsycCRITIQUES, 58(1), Article 7.

Heide, F. J. (2013). "Easy to sense but hard to define": Charismatic nonverbal communication and the psychotherapist. Journal of Psychotherapy Integration, 23(3), 305-319.

Heide, F. J., Porter, N., & Saito, P. K. (2012). Do you hear the people sing?: Musical theatre and attitude change. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, 6(3), 224-230.

Birne-Stone, S., & Heide, F. J. (Fall/Winter, 2012). Media Watch Committee: The Theater Domain Subcommittee Report. The Amplifier: Society for Media Psychology and Technology, Division 46 (pp. 23-24). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Walloch, J. C., Cerezo, A., & Heide, F. (2012). Acceptance and commitment therapy to address eating disorder symptomatology. Journal of LGBT Issues in Counseling, 6(4), 257-273.

Heide, F. J. (2011). To fathom hell or soar angelic: Four psychedelic explorers who changed America. PsycCRITIQUES, 56(17), Article 3.

Heide, F.J. (2010). The agonistic metaphor in psychotherapy: Should clients battle their blues? Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, Training, 47(1), 68-82.

Werner, P.D., Swope, A.J., & Heide, F.J. (2009). Ethnicity, music experience, and depression. Journal of Music Therapy, 46 (4), 339-358.

Heide, F.J. (2007, January). Can charisma be learned, and why would I want to learn it? Invited address, Collaborative Council of the Redwood Empire, Santa Rosa, CA.

Heide, F.J. (2007). The fundamental things apply: Parallels between the structures of drama and psychotherapy. In S. Krippner, M. Bova, & L. Gray (Eds.), Healing Stories: The use of narrative in counselling and psychotherapy (pp. 285-311). Charlottesville, VA: Puente Publications.

Werner, P.D., Swope, A.J., & Heide, F.J. (2006). The Music Experience Questionnaire: Development and correlates. Journal of Psychology: Interdisciplinary and Applied, 140 (4), 329-345.

Heide, F.J. (2003). How sturdy is the empirical foundation of clinical relaxation? Contemporary Psychology: The APA Review of Books, 48, 74-75.

Heide, F.J., & Rosenbaum, F. (1988). Therapists' experiences using single versus combined theoretical models in psychotherapy. International Journal of Eclectic and Integrative Psychotherapy, 7, 41-46.

Heide, F.J. (1986). Psychophysiological responsiveness to auditory stimulation during Transcendental Meditation. Psychophysiology, 23, 71-75.

Heide, F.J., & Borkovec, T.D. (1984). Relaxation-induced anxiety: Mechanisms and theoretical implications. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 22, 1-12.

Heide, F.J., & Borkovec, T.D. (1983). Relaxation-induced anxiety: Paradoxical anxiety enhancement due to relaxation training. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 51, 171-182.

Heide, F.J., & Mahoney, M.J. (1980). Cognitive strategies for medical disorders. In J.M. Ferguson and C.B. Taylor (Eds.), Comprehensive Handbook of Behavioral Medicine (pp. 99-111). New York: Spectrum Publications.

Heide, F.J., Wadlington, W.L., & Lundy, R.M. (1980). Hypnotic responsivity as a predictor of outcome in meditation. International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, 28, 358-385.

Biduck, A., & Heide, F. J. (2013, April). Can therapy be funny? The role of humor in the therapeutic process. Poster presented at the Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor National Convention, San Diego, CA.

Heide, F. J., & Becker, L. B. (2013). Cracking open the moment: Fostering mindfulness though behavioural improvisation. Weeklong CE workshop presented at Door County Summer Institute, Medical College of Wisconsin, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, Egg Harbor, WI.

Heide, F. J. (2012, February). What the heart is hunting for: A psychological perspective. Keynote address, Door County Reads Project, Sturgeon Bay, WI.

Heide, F. J. (2012, November). Behavioral improvisation training. Workshop presented for Fu Yau Project, Richmond Area Multi-Services, San Francisco, CA.

Heide, F. J., & Becker, L. B. (2012, July). Feeling groovy: Behavioral improvisation as a means to increase subjective vitality. Weeklong CE workshop presented at Door County Summer Institute, Medical College of Wisconsin, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, Egg Harbor, WI.

Lepore, J. D., Heide, F. J., & Bourg, E. (2012, April). The training of Buddhist teachers: Implications for mindfulness-based practitioners. Poster presented at the 92nd Annual Convention of the Western Psychological Association, San Francisco, CA.

Nelson, R., Heide, F. J., Wyatt, R., & Zelman, D. (2012, April). Innovative technologies in clinical practice: Current trends and future directions. Poster presented at the 92nd Annual Convention of the Western Psychological Association, San Francisco, CA.

Ramchandani, R., Heide, F. J., & Tori, C. D. (2012, April). Relationship of afterlife beliefs with death anxiety and death depression. Poster presented at the 92nd Annual Convention of the Western Psychological Association, San Francisco, CA.

Saito, P. K., Heide, F. J., & Tori, C. D. (2012, April). Interdisciplinary judgments of mental health professionals. Poster presented at the 92nd Annual Convention of the Western Psychological Association, San Francisco, CA.

Bunch, K., Heide, F. J., & Bourg, E. (2012, April). Psilocybin and spiritual experience. Poster presented at the 92nd Annual Convention of the Western Psychological Association, San Francisco, CA.

Heide, F. J. (2011, August). A little peace of my heart: The new science of self-acceptance. Invited 1-day workshop, The Clearing Adult Education Center, Ellison Bay, WI.

Heide, F. J., Porter, N., & Saito, P. J. (2011, November). It's showtime, folks: Social cognitive theory meets musical theatre. Poster presented at the 45th Annual Convention of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy (ABCT), Toronto, Canada.

Land, K. M., Heide, F. J., & Tulkin, S. (2011, November). Examining the role of experiential avoidance specific to posttrauma symptoms. Poster presented at the 45th Annual Convention of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy (ABCT), Toronto, Canada.

Heide, F. J. (2011, August). Riffing with "The rock star of religion": Lessons from Huston Smith. Invited colloquium, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Sister Bay, WI.

Heide, F. J., & Becker, L. B. (2011, August). "Yes, And": Behavioral improvisation as an acceptance-based approach. Weeklong CE workshop presented at Door County Summer Institute, Medical College of Wisconsin, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioval Medicine, Egg Harbor, WI.

Heide, F. J. (2011, January). The great way of Ya-Hey: The new acceptance-based therapies. Invited colloquium, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County, Ephraim, WI.

Heide, F. J., & Becker, L. B. (2010, July). The time is always now: Mindfulness, present-centeredness, and behavioral improvisation. Weeklong CE workshop presented at Door County Summer Institute, Medical College of Wisconsin, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, Egg Harbor, WI.

Bourg, E., Curtis-Boles, H., Heide, F. J., et al. (2009, May). Spirituality as a signature strength: Developing a positive psychology-based psychotherapy. Faculty/Student Spirituality Forum, Alliant International University, San Francisco.

Heide, F.J., & Becker, L. (2009, July). Expand yourself, expand your practice: Expressive behavior skills to enhance therapist credibility and client satisfaction. Weeklong CE workshop presented at Door County Summer Institute, Medical College of Wisconsin,Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, Egg Harbor, WI.

Discussant, Philippe Goldin (2009, February). Neural bases of emotion regulation during mindfulness-based stress reduction and CBT for social anxiety disorder. Presidential Lecture Series, Alliant International University, San Francisco.

Heide, F.J., & Becker, L. (2008, July). Why did the cognition cross the road? Toward the replicable use of humor in psychotherapy. Weeklong CE workshop presented at Door County Summer Institute, sponsored by Medical College of Wisconsin's Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, Egg Harbor, WI.

Heide, F. J. (2007, December). Cracking the charisma code. Invited presentation, Wisconsin Communications Council, Madison, WI.

Heide, F. J., & Becker, L.B. (2007, July). Humor restructuring and psychotherapy, or, People who see shrinks should have their head examined. Weeklong CE seminar, Door County Summer Institute, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, Medical College of Wisconsin, Egg Harbor, WI.

Heide, F.J. (2006, October). Collaborative professional trainers: How to bring impact and charismatic flair to your trainings. Pre-forum Institute, 7th Annual Networking and Educational Forum, International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, San Diego, CA.

Heide, F.J. (2006, May). Spirituality and science: Reconciling the Great Divorce. Invited colloquium, Psychology and Spirituality Group, Alliant International University, San Francisco, CA.

Heide, F.J., & Becker, L.B. (2006, July). How many psychotherapists does it take to change a light bulb?: Humor, spontaneity, and psychotherapy. Weeklong CE seminar, Door County Summer Institute, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, Medical College of Wisconsin, Egg Harbor, WI.

Heide, F.J., & Becker, L.B. (2005, July). Beyond the blank screen: Expertness, expressiveness, and therapeutic impact. Weeklong CE seminar, Door County Summer Institute, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, Medical College of Wisconsin, Egg Harbor, WI.

Heide, F.J., & Becker, L.B. (2004, August). Enhancing personal presence in a psychiatric context. Weeklong CE seminar, Door County Summer Institute, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, Medical College of Wisconsin, Egg Harbor, WI.

Heide, F.J., & Becker, L.B. (2004, February). Charismatic communication and psychiatry. Daylong workshop for psychiatry residents, Medical College of Wisconsin, Elkhart Lake, WI.

Heide, F.J., & Becker, L.B. (2003, July). Dramatic scene creation for psychotherapists. Weeklong CE workshop, Door County Summer Institute, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, Medical College of Wisconsin, Egg Harbor, WI.

Heide, F.J. (2002, July). Get real: Science and spirituality in the 21st Century. Weeklong adult education seminar, Bjorklunden Center, Lawrence University, Baileys Harbor, WI.

Heide, F.J. & Becker, L.B. (2001, July). "I am large, I contain multitudes": Improvisational role-play as a tool for self-development. Weeklong CE seminar, Door County Summer Institute, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, Medical College of Wisconsin, Egg Harbor, WI.

Heide, F.J. (1999, October). A farewell to arms: The agonistic metaphor in psychotherapy. Grand Rounds, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI.

Heide, F.J. (1997, January). The further reaches of cognitive therapy. Invited two-day workshop, Psychologists' Council of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia.

Heide, F.J. (1997, September). Resistance is futile: The metaphor of battle in psychotherapy. Invited presentation, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Green Bay, WI.

Heide, F.J., & Greenleaf, E. (1996, April). War is swell: What the metaphor of psychological militarism reveals about psychotherapy integration. Symposium at the 12th Annual Convention for the Society for Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration, Berkeley, CA.

Academic History and Background

Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Pennsylvania State University, 1981

Named one of top three regional actors, Door Voice Magazine, 2005

Teacher of the Year, California School of Professional Psychology-Berkeley, 1985-1986

Master Teacher Award, California School of Professional Psychology-Fresno, 1984-1985

Outstanding Research Contribution Award, Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy, 1980

B.S., Summa cum laude, Analysis-Synthesis, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, 1974

Commencement Speaker, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, 2012

$10,000 Commission, Fred Alley New Works Fund, American Folklore Theatre, 2012

Wisconsin Governor's Award for Arts, Culture and Heritage for American Folklore Theatre (co-founded by Dr. Heide), 2012

Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy (Member)

Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy - San Francisco Bay Area (Past President)

American Psychological Association (Member)

Professional Practice and Community Service

Writing and performing in professional musical theatre, 2001

Continuing education seminars/lectures on charismatic communication, 2001

Associate Editor, PsycCRITIQUES (formerly APA Review of Books)

Bio and Links

Dr. Heide has been on the core faculty of the California School of Professional Psychology since 1983, and has won awards for both Master Teacher and Teacher of the Year. He’s taught at the Medical College of Wisconsin’s Door County Summer Institute since 1999. Dr. Heide is also co-founder, founding board president, board member, artistic advisor, playwright, and performer for American Folklore Theatre (AFT) in Fish Creek, WI, described by the Chicago Tribune (2012) as “one of the most exceptional professional troupes in the country” and winner of the 2012 Wisconsin Governor’s Award for Arts, Culture and Heritage. His recent publications explore the application of theatre to psychological change. Among the 20 shows Dr. Heide has co-created are the sci-fi football musical “Packer Fans From Outer Space” and the metaphysical musical comedy “Belgians in Heaven” (both with Lee Becker and James Kaplan). These shows incorporate social learning principles to promote positive social behavior. Dr. Heide studied and co-created several shows with Paul Sills, founding director of Chicago's Second City Theatre, and teaches Mr. Sills’ methods to augment mindfulness and expressive behavior for students at CSPP.