Northern Arizona University
Physical Therapy, Flagstaff Campus
Hendrik ‘Dirk’ de Heer is currently assistant professor
in the Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training. Originally from
the Netherlands, Dirk came to the U.S. in 2001, where he ran track and field
and cross country at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). Dr. de Heer has
since completed graduate training in industrial/organizational psychology
(University of Groningen, the Netherlands), health psychology (UTEP), public
health (University of Texas at Houston Health Science Center) and public health
genomics (National Institutes of Health). He received a postdoctoral fellowship
at the National Human Genome Research Institute Social and Behavioral Research
Branch, where he worked from 2009-2011.
His main area of research expertise includes community
based health promotion (physical activity) program implementation and
evaluation. He also works as a consultant with several community
organizations focused on prevention of diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Recently,
he has expanded his work to evaluation of large national datasets to
evaluate the effectiveness of physical therapists on health outcomes. Through
his research, he is currently an investigator or principal investigator on
external grants funded by the American Physical Therapy Association, the
Institute for Private Practice Physical Therapy, the National Cancer Institute
(NCI) and the John and Sophie Ottens Foundation. Rooted in a personal interest
in endurance sports (running, duathlon and triathlon), he is also the director
of the Alter-g research lab, which evaluates the ability to use
body-weight supported treadmill training for elite distance runners and
patients with neurological conditions.
Through funding from the Ottens foundation and NCI, he
has helped over 25 successful applications of Native American students to
national summer internships, including placements at the Harvard four
directions program, the National Institutes for Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney
Diseases/Office of Minority Health, the National Cancer Institute, the Fred
Hutchison Cancer Research Center among others.
Postdoctoral Fellowship, Public Health
Genomics, National Human Genome Research Institute, 2011
PhD, Health Psychology, University of
Texas at El Paso, 2009
Masters of Public Health (MPH),
University of Texas at Houston Health Science Center, 2009
BA, Psychology, University of Texas at
El Paso, 2004
Teaching area/ Courses Taught
Health and Wellness for Physical Therapy practice, Evidence
Based Practice, Pathophysiology
Recent Publications/ Professional Presentations
Scholar Profile: http://scholar.google.com/citations?user=71FSbX4AAAAJ&hl=en&oi=ao
- McNeill D, de Heer HD, Bounds R, Coast JR. Accuracy of unloading with
the Alter-g anti-gravity treadmill.
Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research (in press).
- Kline JR, Raab S, Coast JR, Bounds RG, McNeill DKP, de Heer
HD. A conversion table for running on a Lower Body Positive Pressure
treadmill. Journal of Strength and
Conditioning Research (in press).
- Shiloh S, de Heer HD, Peleg S, Hensley
Alford S, Skapinsky K, Roberts J, Hadley DW. The Impact of Multiplex Genetic
Testing on Disease Risk Perceptions. Clinical
Genetics. (in press). PMID:
- Persky S, de Heer HD, McBride C, Reid R. The
Role of Weight, Race, and Health Care Experiences in Care Use among Young Men
and Women. Obesity.
2014;22(4):1194-200. PMID: 24318861.
- Balcazar HG, Wise S, Hayden Redelfs A, Rosenthal EL, de Heer HD, Burgos
X, Duarte MO. Perceptions of Community Health Workers (CHWs/PS) in the Border
HEART CVD Study. International Journal of
Environ Res Public Health.2014;10;11(2), 1873-84. PMID: 24518646.
- Hovick SA,
Wilkinson AV, Ashida S, de Heer HD,
Koehly LM. The impact of personalized
risk feedback on Mexican Americans’ perceived risk for heart disease and
diabetes. Health Education
Research. 2014;29(2):222-34. PMID:24463396.
- de la Haye K, de Heer HD, Wilkinson A, Koehly L. Predictors of Parent-Child Relationships that
Support Physical Activity in Mexican American Families. Journal of Behavioral Medicine. 2014;37(2):234-44.PMID: 23203139.
- Rosenthal, E. Lee; Balcazar, H.G., de Heer, H.D., Wise, S., Flores
L., Aguirre, M. (2014) Critical reflections on the role of CBPR within an RCT
community health worker prevention intervention. Journal of Ambulatory Care Management, 37(3):241-9. PMID: 24887525.
- de Heer HD,
Salinas J, Lapeyrouse L, Heyman J, Morera OF, Balcazar HG. Bi-national
utilization and barriers to care among Mexican American border residents with
diabetes. Panamerican Journal of Public
Health, official journal of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). 2013;34(3), 147-154.PMID: 24233106.
- de Heer HD, Balcazar HG, Salinas JJ, Morera OF, Heyman J,
Lapeyrouse L, Zambrana R. Access to care and comorbidities along the
U.S.-Mexico border. Public Health Reports.
2013; 128(6). PMCID: PMC3804091.
- de Heer F, Morera OF,
Warren M, Chaudhari L, de Heer HD. At risk or
not: Comparing normative and
criterion-referenced Body Mass Index standards among Mexican American children.
Archivos de Latinoamericanos de Nutrición.
- Ayode D, McBride C, de Heer HD, Watanabe E, Schiller E, Gebreyesus T, Tora A, Tadele G,
Davey G. A Qualitative Study Exploring Barriers Related to Use of Footwear in
Rural Highland Ethiopia: Implications for Neglected Tropical Diseases Control. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases. 2013;25;7(4):e2199. PMID: 23638211.
- de Heer, H.D., Wilkinson,
A.V., Strong, L.L., Bondy, M.L. & Koehly, L. (2012). Sitting time and health
outcomes among Mexican origin adults: obesity as a mediator. BMC Public Health, 12, 896. PMID:
- Ayode Alembo D, McBride C, de
Heer HD, Tadele G, Watanabe E, Davey G. The Association of Beliefs About
Heredity with Preventive and Interpersonal Behaviors in Communities Affected by
Podoconiosis in Rural Ethiopia. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and
Hygiene. 2012;87(4):623-630. PMID:22826482.
- de Heer HD, Balcazar HG, Castro F, Schulz LO.
analysis of a randomized promotora de salud CVD-prevention trial among at-risk
Hispanic adults. Health Education and
Behavior. 2012;39(1), 77-86. PMID: 21680806.
- de Heer HD, Koehly L, Pederson R, Morera O. Everyone gets healthier: Effectiveness
and spillover of an after-school health promotion program for Hispanic
elementary school children. American
Journal of Public Health. 2011;101(10), 1907-1913. PMID: 21852659.
- de Heer HD, Balcazar HG, Cardenas V, Rosenthal EL, Schulz LO. Ethnic Pride and
Cardiovascular Health among Mexican American Adults along the U.S. – Mexico
Border. Hispanic Journal of Behavioral
Sciences, 2011;33(2):204-220. PMID: 2210060.
- Balcazar HG, de Heer H, Rosenthal EL, Aguirre M,
Flores L, Puentes FA, Cardenas VM, Duarte MO, Ortiz M, Schulz LO. A Promotores de Salud Intervention To Reduce CVD Risk Factors Among An At-Risk
Border Population of Hispanic/Mexican Origin Participants. Preventing Chronic Disease. 2010;7(2):1-10. PMID: 20158973.
- Balcazar HG,
Rosenthal EL, de Heer H, Aguirre M,
Flores L, Vasquez E, Duarte MO, Schulz LO. Use
of CBPR to showcase baseline results for building a cardiovascular risk profile
for Mexican Americans living in a U.S-Mexico border community. Education for Health.2009;22(3):1-10.
- Ganem P, de
Heer H, Morera OF. Does body
dissatisfaction predict mental health outcomes in a sample of predominantly
Hispanic college students? Personality and Individual Differences. 2009;46(4), 557-561.
- Kong PW, de Heer
H. Wearing an in-shoe pressure measuring system altered gait
characteristics during running. Gait and
Posture. 2009;29(1):143-145. PMID: 18621533.
- Kong PW, de Heer
H. Anthropometric, gait and strength characteristics of Kenyan distance
runners. Journal of Sport Science and
Medicine. 2008;7(4):499-504. PMCID: PMC3761913.