Dr. Heather Ormiston, PhD, NCSP, HSPP

Clinical Assistant Professor,  Indiana University Bloomington
Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology
School Psychology Program



Heather E. Ormiston, PhD, NCSP, HSPP is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the School Psychology program at Indiana University Bloomington. She is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist and clinically licensed psychologist endorsed as a Health Service Provider in Psychology in the state of Indiana. Her prior experiences have included working as a building-level school psychologist in an urban district in Aurora, Colorado, serving as statewide trainer for PBIS Indiana, a project aimed at establishing a statewide network of culturally-responsive positive behavior interventions and supports (CR-PBIS), and working as a Behavior Specialist for a local school corporation coordinating the district’s self-contained program for students with emotional and behavioral challenges.


Her current research focuses on trauma-informed multi-tiered systems of supports (TI-MTSS). She is the co-investigator of a Mental Health Professional Demonstration grant from the U.S. Department of Education examining the impact of trauma-informed multi-tiered systems of supports on student academic, behavioral, and socioemotional outcomes. The grant also works to address the shortage of school-based mental health professionals by providing high-quality training to graduate students in school psychology in the area of trauma-informed practice. Additional research projects include a collaboration between the Riley School Program at the Riley Hospital for Children and examining teacher and school psychologist knowledge, attitudes, and practices related to trauma-informed practices.