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MarySue V. Heilemann, PhD, RN
Associate Professor

Location: 5-252 Factor Building
Phone: (310) 206-4735
Fax: (310) 206-3241
E-mail: mheilema@sonnet.ucla.edu

Faculty Research and Clinical Expertise

Research: Dr. Heilemann's research focuses on depression among Latinas in relation to strengths (mastery, resilience, and other protective factors), motivation, and readiness to change, in the context of intergenerational cultural expectations, gender issues, trauma, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Her expertise is qualitative methodology (Grounded Theory and Interpretive Phenomenology) but she also uses quantitative methods in research. Dr. Heilemann has initiated and moderated symposiums in both 2011 and 2012 at UCLA to focus on Media Representations of Nurses. She was the Guest Editor for a special volume of Nursing Outlook that featured articles drawing on the work presented by media, film, and nursing scholars at the 2011 Symposium.
Clinical: Community-based mental health, community health nursing, and public health nursing


N202, N10, N20 (W10), N205C (Sp11)


University of Wisconsin, Madison, BS, 1982, Nursing
University of California, San Francisco, MS, 1991, Nursing
University of California, San Francisco, PhD, 1996, Nursing
University of California, San Francisco Post Doc, 1998, Nursing


Heilemann, M. V. (2012). Media images and screen representations of nurses. Nursing Outlook, 60(5 Suppl):S1-3. doi: 10.1016/j.outlook.2012.04.003. Epub 2012 Jun 15. PMID: 22705165

Heilemann, M.V., Brown, T., & Deutchman, L. (2012). Making change from the inside out. Nursing Outlook, 60(5 Suppl):S47-54. doi: 10.1016/j.outlook.2012.06.017. PMID: 23036795

Hudson, A., Heilemann, M.V., & Rodriquez, M.(2012). Missed opportunities for universal HIV screening in primary care clinics. Journal of Clinical Medicine Research, 4(4), 242-50. Epub 2012 Jul 20.

Heilemann, M.V., Choudhury, S.M., Kury, F.S., Lee, K.A. (2012). Factors associated with sleep disturbance in women of Mexican descent. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 68 (10), 2256-2266, doi: 10.1111/j.1365- 2648.2011.05918.x. [Epub ahead of print, Jan 4]

Pieters, H.C., Heilemann, M.V., Maliski, S., Dornig, K., Mentes, J. (2012). Instrumental relating and treatment decision making among older women with early-stage breast cancer. Oncology Nursing Forum, 39, e10-9.

Heilemann, M.V., Pieters, H.C., Kehoe, P., & Yang, Q. (2011). Schema therapy, motivational interviewing, and collaborative-mapping as treatment for depression among low income, second generation Latinas. J Behav Ther Experimental Psychiatry, 42(4):473-80. Epub 2011 May 7.

Pieters, H. C., Heilemann, M. V., Grant, M., & Maly, R. C. (March, 2011). Older Women’s Reflections On Accessing Care Across Their Breast Cancer Trajectory: Navigating Beyond The Triple Barriers. Oncology Nursing Forum.

Copeland, D.A., & Heilemann, M.V. (2011). Choosing “The Best of the Hells”: How Mothers Perceive Limited Housing Options for Violent Mentally Ill Adult Children. Qualitative Health Research, 21(4):520-33. Epub 2010 Nov 1. PMID: 21041518

Pieters, H. C., & Heilemann, M. V. (2010). I Can’t Do It On My Own”: Motivation to Enter Therapy for Depression Among Low Income, Second Generation Latinas. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 31(4):279-87.

Rodriguez, M., Valentine, J., Ahmed, S.R., Eisenman, D., Sumner, L., Heilemann, M.V., & Liu, H. (2010). Intimate Partner Violence and Maternal Depression During the Perinatal Period. Violence Against Women,16(5):543-59

Copeland, D. A., & Heilemann, M.V. (2008). Getting to “The point”: The experience of mothers getting assistance for their violent, mentally ill, adult children. Nursing Research. May-June; 57(3): 136-43.

Rodriguez, M. A., Heilemann, M.V., Fielder, E., Ang, A., Nevarez, F., & Mangione, C. (2008). Intimate Partner Violence, Depression and PTSD among Pregnant Latina Women. Annals of Family Medicine, 6, 44-52.

Heilemann, M.V., Lee, K., & Kury, F.S. (2005). Strength Factors Among Women of Mexican descent. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 27, 949-965.

Heilemann, M.V., Kury, F.S., & Lee, K.A. (2005). Trauma and post traumatic stress disorder symptoms among low income women of Mexican descent. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease. 193, 665-672.

Heilemann, M. V. & Copeland, D. (2005). Sources of emotional help sought by low income women of Mexican descent. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 26, 185-204.

Wiley, D. J., Harper, D. M., Elashoff, D., Silverberg, M. J., Kaestle, C., Cook, R.L., Heilemann, M. V., & Johnson, L. (2005). How condom use, number of receptive anal intercourse partners, and history of external genital warts predict risk for external anal warts. International Journal of STD and AIDS. 16, 203-211.

Heilemann, M.V., Coffee-Love, M., & Frutos, L. (2004). Perceived reasons for depression among low income women of Mexican descent. Archives of Psychiatric Nursing.

Heilemann, M.V., Frutos, L., Lee, K.A., & Kury, F.S. (2004). Resources, risks, and protective factors in relation to depressive symptoms among pregnant and postpartum women of Mexican descent. Health Care for Women International, 25, 88-106.

Heilemann, M.V., Lee, K., & Kury, F.S. (2003). Psychometrics of the Spanish Translation of the Resilience Scale. Journal of Nursing Measurement, 11, 61-71.

Maliski, S., Heilemann, M.V., & McCorkle, R. (2002). From "death sentence" to "good cancer": Couples' transformation of a prostate cancer diagnosis. Nursing Research, 51, 391-397.

Heilemann, M.V., Lee, K., & Kury, F. (2002). Strengths and vulnerabilities of women of Mexican descent In relation to depressive symptoms. Nursing Research, 51, 175-182.

Maliski, S., Heilemann, M.V., & McCorkle, R. (2001). Mastery of postprostatectomy incontinence: His work, her work, our work. Oncology Nursing Forum, 28, 985-992.

Heilemann, M.V., Lee, K. A., Stinson, J., Koshar, J.H., & Goss, G. (2000). Acculturation and perinatal health outcomes among rural women of Mexican descent. Research in Nursing and Health, 23, 118-125.

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