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Aaron  Heller
Aaron S. Heller
Assistant Professor of Psychology, University of Miami

Aaron is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Miami. Previously, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Sackler Institute for Developmental Psychobiology with BJ Casey. He completed his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the Laboratory for Affective Neuroscience and the Waisman Lab for Brain Imaging and Behavior at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

With Center Founder Richard Davidson, Aaron used neuroimaging techniques and ecological momentary assessments to examine the temporal dynamics of positive affective neurocircuitry in mood disorders and in healthy populations.


Postdoctoral Fellow, Weill-Cornell Medical College; BJ Casey, PI (2013-2015)

Psychology Intern, Weill-Cornell Medical College/New York Presbyterian Hospital (2012-2013)

Graduate Student, Clinical Psychology, Laboratory for Affective Neuroscience, Waisman Center for Brain Imaging and Behavior, University of Wisconsin–Madison; Richard J. Davidson, PI (2006-2013)

Lab Manager and Research Assistant for Dynamic Memory Lab, Center for Neuroscience, University of California–Davis; Charan Ranganath, PI (2004-2006)

What does well-being mean to me?

"To me, well-being is living a life where, in general, you feel like you have a sense of purpose in life and connectedness to others. Life is never without challenges, but having this in my life acts as a foundation and beacon for the way forward."