Northern Arizona University
Physical Therapy, Flagstaff Campus
Dr. de Heer’s background includes training in health psychology, public
health and genomics. His work has primarily focused on community-based physical
activity interventions and prevention of cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
He is interested in applying new developments and innovative approaches to
health problems, particularly among underserved populations.
Current research projects (as
- Metabolic and biomechanical impact of body
weight supported running and walking on the Alter-g anti-gravity treadmill (funded by the Arizona Technology and
Research Initiative Fund)
of summer activity among minority students in Flagstaff, AZ (funded by the NAU Faculty Grants Program).
NIH summer internships for Native American students (funded by the John and Sophie Ottens Foundation and the Partnership for
Native American Cancer Prevention)
- Cancer prevention among Native American cancer
survivors pilot project (partially funded
by the Partnership for Native American Cancer Prevention, NIH U54CA143925, NCI)
2009-2011 Post Doctoral
Fellowship in Public Health Genomics. National Human Genome Research Institute,
Social and Behavioral Research Branch, Bethesda, MD.
2005-2009 PhD Health
Psychology, University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, TX.
2007-2009 MPH University of
Texas at Houston Health Science Center School of Public Health, El Paso
satellite campus, El Paso, TX.
Universiteit Groningen, M.S. Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Groningen,
Selected recent publications:
la Haye, K., de Heer, H.D., Wilkinson, A. & Koehly, L.
of Parent-Child Relationships that Support Physical Activity in Mexican
American Families. Journal of Behavioral Medicine. (Epub online December 1st
2012). PMID: 23203139.
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, H.D., Tadele, G., Watanabe,
E., & Davey, G. (2012). 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, 87(4):623-630.PMID:22826482.
de Heer, H.D., Chaudhari, L.S.
& Morera, O.F. (2012). Everyone gets
healthier: Impact and spillover of an after-school physical activity and
health education program along the U.S.-Mexico border (Chapter 14): In: Wall
Medrano, A. (Eds.). Health and nutrition in elementary schools (Volume III) (in
Spanish). Universidad Autonómica Ciudad Juarez.
de Heer, H.D., Balcazar, H.G., Castro, F. & Schulz,
L.O. (2012). A path analysis of a randomized
promotora de salud CVD-prevention trial among at-risk Hispanic adults. Health Education and Behavior, 39(1), 77-86. PMID: 21680806.
de Heer, H.D.,
Koehly, L. & Pederson, R., Morera, O. (2011). Everyone
Effectiveness and spillover of an after-school health promotion program for
Hispanic elementary school children. American
Journal of Public Health, 101(10), 1907-1913. PMID: 21852659.
de Heer, H.D., Balcazar, H.G., Cardenas, V., Rosenthal,
E.L.& Schulz, L.O. (2011). Ethnic Pride and
Cardiovascular Health among Mexican American Adults along the U.S. – Mexico
Border. Hispanic Journal of Behavioral
Sciences, 33(2), 204-220. PMID: 2210060
Balcazar, H.G., de Heer, H., Rosenthal, E.L., Aguirre, M.,
Flores, L., Puentes, F.A., Cardenas, V.M., Duarte, M.O., Ortiz, M. &
Schulz, L.O. (2010). A Promotores de Salud Intervention To Reduce CVD Risk Factors Among An At-Risk
Border Population of Hispanic/Mexican Origin Participants. Preventing Chronic Disease, 7(2),1-10. PMID: 20158973
Balcazar, H.G., Rosenthal, E.L., de Heer, H., Aguirre, M., Flores, L., Vasquez, E., Duarte, M.O.
& Schulz, L.O. (2009). 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, 22 (3), 1-10.
Kong, P.W. & de Heer, H. (2009). Wearing
an in-shoe pressure measuring system altered gait characteristics during
running. Gait and Posture,29 (1), 143-145. PMID: 18621533.
Kong, P.W. & de Heer, H. (2008). Anthropometric,
gait and strength characteristics of Kenyan distance runners. Journal of Sport Science and Medicine, 7(4),