Andrew Heck, Psy.D., ABPP
Dr. Heck is a nationally renowned clinical geropsychologist, educator, trainer, and administrator. He holds dual board certification through the American Board of Professional Psychology in both Clinical Psychology (2005) and Geropsychology (2013; founding member). He spent 17 years as a clinician and administrator at Piedmont Geriatric Hospital in Virginia’s public mental health system, and has held clinical faculty appointments in the Departments of Gerontology, Psychiatry, Psychology and Pharmacy at Virginia Commonwealth University. He has briefed members of the U.S. Senate on Geropsychology Training Funding issues, and is past-President and current member of the Board of Directors for the Council of Professional Geropsychology Training Programs (CoPGTP), an international geropsychology training organization. He is a founding member of the American Board of Geropsychology, an organization that governs specialty certification for psychologists working with older adults, and currently serves on its board of directors. Dr. Heck has undertaken national speaking tours on geriatric mental health in both the United States and Australia. He is the co-editor of the textbook, Forensic Geropsychology: Practice Essentials (published through the American Psychological Association), which is the first text that comprehensively addresses the interface between geriatric psychology and the legal system. He was named Alumnus of the Year by the University of Indianapolis School of Psychology (2014) and was the recipient of the American Board of Professional Psychology’s annual Geropsychology award for services to the field. Dr. Heck’s particular areas of professional interest include clinical training and supervision, dementia evaluation, decision-making competency and capacity, behavioral treatment, and ethics in working with the elderly. In his spare time, Andrew enjoys playing sports with his son, singing and playing in a Richmond-based rock cover band and woodworking in his home workshop.
Courtney Petley, LCSW, C-ASWCM
Ms. Petley is a licensed clinical social worker and a certified Aging Life Care Manager™ with a focus on geriatric behavioral health. She has worked as a clinical social worker and an administrator in Virginia’s public sector mental health system, at a geriatric mental health facility, as well as in the community as a social worker and care manager. Ms. Petley has provided training for assisted living facility staff through the Department of Gerontology at VCU and the Virginia Department of Social Services. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and the Aging Life Care Association™. Areas of professional interest include clinical training and supervision, caregiver education and support, and quality of life issues for older adults. She is a long-time resident of the Richmond Metro area, and enjoys spending time with her husband and two dogs, cooking, and practicing yoga.
Lindsey Slaughter, Psy.D., ABPP
Dr. Slaughter is a licensed clinical psychologist who holds certification through the American Board of Professional Psychology in Geropsychology. She has worked in clinical and administrative capacities for more than a decade at a geriatric mental health facility in the public sector. She has also provided trainings and educational seminars through the Department of Gerontology at Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr. Slaughter’s areas of professional passion include decision-making/capacity assessment, personality disorders in older adulthood, forensic evaluation with older adults, and facilitating trainings on various topics related to aging. In her spare time, she chases after her son and daughter, hits the gym, enjoys family and friends, and loves good movies, books, and traveling.