Heather C. Janisse

A photo of Heather Janisse


Psychology, Faculty Advisor for Psi Chi/Psychology Club

361B Science Complex


[email protected]


  • Ph.D., Wayne State University
  • MA, Wayne State University
  • BS, Eastern Michigan University

Interests and Expertise

Dr. Janisse's general research interests include understanding the impact of the educational context and parent-child relationship on development of social, cognitive and health outcomes of at-risk youth. She has a specific focus on reducing health disparities among at-risk, minority children and works with the Head Start preschool population.
Her current research focuses on pediatric obesity intervention work with Head Start families with the goal of improving parent-child interactions and physical health outcomes for children. Dr. Janisse teaches developmental psychology and child psychology and is involved in both undergraduate and graduate training.


  • PSY 101 General Psychology
  • PSY 205 Quantitative Methods in Psychology
  • PSY 321 Child Psychology
  • PSY 640 Developmental Psychology

Publications and Presentations

  • Taylor, S. E., Fredericks, E. M., Janisse, H. C., & Cousino, M. K. (2020). Systematic review of father involvement and child outcomes in pediatric chronic illness populations. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings, 27, 89–106.
  • Janisse, H.C. , Li, X., Bhavnagri, N., Esposito, C., & Stanton, B. (2018). A longitudinal study of the effect of computers on cognitive development of low-income, African American preschool children. Early Education and Development, 29(2), 229-244.
  • Harris, K., Huth-Bocks, A., Lauterbach, D. and Janisse, H. (2015). Trajectories of maternal depressive symptoms across the birth of a child: associations with toddler emotional development. Archives of Women's Mental Health. On-line first.
  • Janisse, H. C., Bhavnagri, N., Li, X., Butler, S. T., Stanton, B., and Johns, S. E. (2014). Impact of classroom computer availability on preschoolers' social interactions. National Head Start Association: Dialog, 17(3), 16–34.
  • Janisse, H.C. (2014). Research to Practice Summary: Classroom computers and social interaction among low-income preschool children. National Head Start Association: Dialog.
  • Shen, B., Lee, T., Janisse, H., Brogan, K., and Jen, C. (2012). African-American preschoolers' physical activity levels in Head Start. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 83(2):168–74.
  • Janisse, H. C., Cakan, N., Ellis, D., and Brogan, K. (2011). Dietary Vitamin D Intake among High-Risk Adolescents with Insulin Dependent Diabetes. Diabetes Educator, 37(2), 222–226.
  • Janisse, H. C., Naar-King, S., and Ellis, D. (2010). Parent's health literacy among high-risk adolescents with insulin dependent diabetes. Journal of Pediatric Psychology,35(4):436–440.
  • Ellis, D., Janisse, H. C., Naar-King, S., Kolmodin, K., and Cunningham, P. (2010). The effects of multisystemic therapy on family support for weight loss among obese African American adolescents: Findings from a randomized controlled trial. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, 31(6), 461–468.
  • Outlaw, A., Naar-King, S., Janisse, H. C., Parsons, J. T. (2010). Predictors of condom use in a multi-site study of high-risk youth living with HIV. AIDS Education and Prevention: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 22(1), 1–14.
  • Outlaw, A., Naar-King, S., Jeffrey T. Parsons, Ph.D., Green-Jones, M., Janisse, H., and Secord, E. (2010). Using motivational interviewing in HIV field outreach with young African American men who have sex with men: A randomized clinical trial. American Journal of Public Health, 100(Suppl 1), S146–151.
  • Tanney, M. R. Naar-King, S., Murphy, D. A., Parsons, J. T.D., and Janisse, H. C. (2010). Multiple risk behaviors in a multi-site sample of youth living with HIV (YLH). Journal of Adolescent Health, 46(1), 11–16.
  • Outlaw, A., Naar-King, S., Green-Jones, M., Wright, Condon, Sherry, and Janisse, H. C. (2010). Predictors of Optimal HIV Appointment Adherence in Minority Youth: A Prospective Study. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 35(9), 1011–1015.
  • Janisse, H. C., Barnett, D., and Nies, M. A. (2009). Perceived energy for parenting: A new conceptualization and scale. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 18, 312–322.
  • Barnett, D., Clements, M., Kaplan-Estrin, M., McCaskill, J. W., Hill Hunt, K., Butler, C. M., and Janisse, H. C. (2006). Maternal resolution of child diagnosis: Stability and relations with child attachment across the toddler to preschooler transition. Journal of Family Psychology, 20(1), 100–107.
  • Janisse, H. C., Nedd, D., Escamilla, S., and Nies, M. A. (2004). Physical activity, social support, and family structure as determinants of mood among European American and African American women. Women and Health, 39(1), 101–116.


Current advisor to EMU's Psi Chi Organization.

Parents for Healthy Kids (PHK) Project Lab
  • Office: 352 Science Complex, 734.487.1691
  • Overview: Research in the PHK lab focuses on the healthy development of at-risk, minority children and families. We are currently working on a federally funded (NIH/NIDDK), randomized clinical trial of an obesity intervention for Detroit, Head Start preschool children. Our emphasis is on engaging parents, motivating families, and improving physical and mental health outcomes for parents and children in need. The lab actively involves undergraduate and graduate students working collaboratively to advance science and improve children's lives.