Heather McDaniel

Research Assistant Professor


  • Ph.D., University of South Carolina, 2018
  • M.A., University of South Carolina, 2015
  • B.A., Ohio University, 2010

Heather McDaniel, Ph.D., M.A., is an Assistant Professor of Education on the research faculty at the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia and a faculty affiliate of the Youth-Nex Center. She received her Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology with a concentration in Quantitative Psychology and her M.A. in School Psychology from the University of South Carolina.  

Her research interests are focused on promoting positive social, emotional, behavioral and academic outcomes for youth and families through the implementation of school mental health services and utilization of advanced quantitative methodologies in school-based research. In school mental health, her interests specifically focus on the implementation of evidence-based practices and the promotion of family involvement. Her methodological interests focus on improving measurement, analysis of longitudinal data and research design as applicable to promoting positive outcomes for youth in school. She has authored ten peer-reviewed papers, as well as book chapters, editorials and a national report. In addition, she has assisted with extramurally-funded randomized, controlled trials in the school setting and has secured intramural and extramural funding for her research.