About The Author

Ira Heilveil, Ph.D.

I grew up around New York city, moving from the Bronx to Queens to Brooklyn, with a quick stopover in Framingham, Massachusetts when I was 10.

In high school I moved out to California, to Orange County of all places, experiencing quite a culture shock. After high school I entered the U.C. system, first going to Irvine and then graduating from Santa Cruz, with a major in psychology and a minor in writing.

In high school, I was editor of the school paper for a period of time, and in college I wrote for the school papers as well. An interest in poetry led to some publications in small literary journals. Then straight on to graduate school, first getting a master’s in psychology from Murray State University in KY and then finally a Ph.D. from CSPP in Los Angeles.

My original research interests focused on double bind theory and nonverbal behavior, although I have done work in the prediction of violence and autism as well. I worked as a psychologist for many years, both in private practice in Westwood and Glendale, and also serving in various clinics. In 1988 I started my own company, which eventually developed into Pacific Child and Family Associates.

Along the way I published two books, When Families Feud and Video in Mental Health Practice, as well as many research articles, presentations and poetry in small literary journals. 

Currently, I am asst. clinical professor of psychiatry at UCLA School of Medicine, and chairman emeritus and director of research at Pacific Child and Family Associates.


  1. #1 by Makayla Cairns on August 3, 2012 - 10:13 PM

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  2. #2 by angelina258 on August 6, 2012 - 10:53 AM

    Hi Dr. Heilveil. I read your article in this month’s issue of The Therapist and talked about it in my blog theautismonion.tumblr.com. Hope you’re able to check it out.

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