2017 Conference Speaker

Dr. Heidi Horsley


Dr. Heidi Horsley, is Executive Director and Founder of the Open to Hope Foundation, www.opentohope.com, an internet based resource offering hope after loss. Heidi hosts a weekly award winning cable T.V. and internet radio show, and is an adjunct professor at Columbia University. She has a private practice and has co-authored eight books. Heidi serves on the National Board of Directors for The Compassionate Friends, and on the advisory board for the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors of Military Loss, the Children’s Brain Tumor Foundation, and the Elisabeth Kubler-Ross Foundation.

She is a licensed clinical psychologist and social worker, and wrote her doctoral dissertation on the sudden death of a sibling. For 10 years Heidi was on a 9/11 FDNY-Columbia University research team, working with families who had lost a firefighter in the World Trade Center. Heidi is a bereaved sibling, who dedicates her work to her brother Scott, and cousin Matthew, who died together in a car accident at 17 yrs. old.