Before her medical training Dr. Heisler worked for the United Nations Human Rights Commission and spent four years as a Program Officer at the Ford Foundation helping develop and strengthen human rights organizations and programs in Latin America and the Caribbean.
She has volunteered for PHR since medical school, when she participated in a human rights investigation in Turkey. Since then Dr. Heisler has helped analyze data and write reports for a number of PHR investigations.
She is a Professor of Internal Medicine and Health Behavior and Health Education at the University of Michigan medical school and research scientist at the Ann Arbor VA’s Center for Clinical Management Research. She is Co-Director of the University of Michigan’s Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Clinical Scholars Program, and Associate Director of the UM Medical School’s Global REACH program.
Dr. Heisler’s research focuses on developing and evaluating health system and behavioral interventions to enhance self-management support for patients with chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart failure, and she currently is leading several federally funded randomized controlled effectiveness studies examining different models. She has authored over 100 peer-reviewed studies in medical and public health journals.
Dr. Heisler joined the Board of PHR in 2010.