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Psychology Professor Walter Heimer Passes Away


Rita Langdon,Associate Provost for Communications, Public Relations & Marketing
Long Island University, LIU Post

Dr. Walter HeimerBrookville, N.Y. - Dr. Walter Heimer, professor in the LIU Post Department of Psychology and beloved teacher and colleague, passed away on Friday, May 3, 2013.  Dr. Heimer, who began his tenure at the university in September 1967, was a principal in the development of the doctoral program in clinical psychology, bridging the usual divide between experimental and clinical psychology. He published in the areas of perception, learning and cognition, while also holding a New York State Professional License in Psychology. 

Dr. Heimer served as president of the Psychoanalytic Practitioners of Long Island and the North Nassau Mental Health Center. He was associated with the Office of Naval Research and the Grumman Aerospace Corporation as a human factors psychologist, working on training, display and simulation problems. He was a member of the American Psychological Association’s Publication Manual Task Force during the development of its second and third editions, which resulted in more than 12 million circulation copies of the Publication Manual of the APA. These editions included “Guidelines for Non-Sexist Language in APA Journals,” which were published in June 1977. These early principles have been adopted in the field of psychology as well as most of the other social sciences. Today, the Manual is widely recognized as the editorial style guide used by many of the social and behavioral sciences.

Dr. Heimer’s listings include Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, Who’s Who in the East, and American Men and Women of Science: Social and Behavioral Sciences.

He earned a B.A. in history at Allegheny College, and an M.A. and a Ph.D. in psychology from the Graduate Faculty of the New School for Social Research.  In 2008, he was honored by Long Island University for 40 years of service.

Posted 05/08/2013

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