Heidi Allespach, Ph.D.
Dr. Allespach is an Associate Professor of Clinical Family Medicine, Medicine and Surgery at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. In addition, she is the Director of Behavioral Medicine in the Family Medicine, Internal Medicine and General Surgery Residency and Fellowship Programs at UMMSM/Jackson Memorial Hospital.
Dr. Allespach has lectured extensively at national conferences on the use of cognitive-behavioral techniques for stress reduction, addictive behaviors and for decreasing depression, anxiety, and pain. She has also published several scientific papers on addiction and nonpharmacologic management of chronic pain, and has lectured both nationally and internationally on utilizing cognitive-behavioral, motivational interviewing and stages of change strategies to assist in healthy behavior change.
Over the course of her career, Dr. Allespach has received numerous awards, including the award for Outstanding Academic Achievement in Psychology from Florida International University (from which she graduated in 1991 with Honors). She attended California School of Professional Psychology in Los Angeles, earning a PhD in Clinical Psychology with an Emphasis in Health Psychology and then completed a post-doctoral residency in Behavioral Medicine at the Miami Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Jackson Memorial Hospital. Since that time, she has enjoyed a highly successful career in medical education teaching young doctors. While Dr. Allespach sees patients with a wide-variety of concerns, she specializes in using cognitive-behavioral strategies within a bio-psycho-social-spiritual model of care when working with adults who are struggling with depression and/or anxiety secondary to acute or chronic medical disorders and individuals who are experiencing distress related to grief/loss and addictive disorders.