Heather Gillis, PhD, MSSW

Director of Field Education & Clinical Assistant Professor

A professional headshot of Tulane University Faculty member, Heather Gillis


My name is Dr. Heather Gillis, and I am the Director of Field Education at the Tulane School of Social Work and the instructor for this course. I have been teaching at Tulane in various capacities as well as working in field education for almost 18 years. Prior to coming to Tulane, I worked for approximately 15 years primarily in inpatient mental health serving adults, adolescents, and children, and moved into administering a large inpatient and outpatient child and adolescent mental health program. I have continued to work in the area of mental health and maintain a small practice. My years of experience in social work give me an appreciation of all the different ways social workers can help people when they are the most vulnerable, whether it’s through direct practice or working for structural change on a policy level.

Working with students and assisting in their development as professional social workers through the internship and field courses is exciting and fulfilling and allows me to continue supporting the profession by educating future social workers. I continually draw on my professional experience as a social worker and supervisor to inform what I teach and to guide students.