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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 involves the use of transmedia in interventions related to depression and anxiety among Latinas in the context of motivation, resilience, intergenerational cultural expectations, and gender issues. She is internationally known for her expertise in qualitative research methodology (Grounded Theory and Interpretive Phenomenology). Dr. Heilemann has also focused on the way nurses are portrayed in film and television; she gave the June 2015 NINR Director’s Lecture entitled, “From the Silver Screen to the Web: Media Portrayals of Nursing.” Dr. Heilemann initiated and moderated symposiums in both 2011 and 2012 at UCLA focused on Media Representations of Nurses. She was the Guest Editor for a special volume of Nursing Outlook that featured articles drawing on the original work presented by media, film, and nursing scholars at the 2011 Symposium. Based on her three-fold area of expertise (media-based interventions, qualitative research, and mental health), Dr. Heilemann is actively refining a new model for nursing science that features transmedia portrayals of nurses as part of powerful and promising interventions with patients, the public, and nursing professionals. Clinical: Community-based mental health, community health nursing, and public health nursing.


N202, N10, N206, N205C


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


Albarran, C., Heilemann, M. V., & Koniak-Griffin (2014). Promotoras as facilitators of change: Latinas' perspectives after participating in a lifestyle behaviour intervention program. Journal of Advanced Nursing, Oct;70(10):2303-13. doi: 10.1111/jan.12383. Epub 2014 Mar 16.

Macdonald, M., Heilemann, M.V., Lang, A., Gregory, D., Gurnham,M., & Fillatre, T. (2014). Confirming Delivery: Understanding the Role of the Hospitalized Patient in Medication Administration Safety. Qualitative Health Research. PMID: 24598773

Canzon, F., Heilemann, M.V., Saiani, L., Mortari, L., & Ambrosi, E. (2013). Visible and invisible caring in nursing from the perspectives of patients and nurses in the gerontological context. Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences. doi: 10.1111/scs.1210

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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