Dr. Heller is Professor and Head of DHD, UIC and Director of the University Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities in Illinois. Dr. Heller has authored over 150 publications, including two books (plus two in press) and four edited journal issues, and presented over 200 papers at conferences on Aging and I/DD. She serves on the boards of the Association of University Centers on Disability (AUCD), where she is president-elect, and the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disabilities (IASSID). Dr. Heller served on the boards of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD), and the European Course on Mental Retardation. Further, she was president of AAIDD’s Gerontology Division and was a delegate to the 2005 White House Conference on Aging.