Dr. Heide has been on the core faculty of the California School of Professional Psychology since 1983, and has won awards for both Master Teacher and Teacher of the Year. Dr. Heide received the Outstanding Research Contribution Award from the Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy (AABT) for his oft-cited work on relaxation-induced anxiety and has published in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, Psychophysiology, Journal of Psychotherapy Integration, Behaviour Research and Therapy, Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts, Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, Training and elsewhere.
He's taught at the Medical College of Wisconsin's Door County Summer Institute since 1999 and served as associate editor of the APA journal PsycCRITIQUES (formerly Contemporary Psychology) from 2012 to 2017.
Dr. Heide is also co-founder, founding board president, board member, artistic advisor, playwright, and performer for Northern Sky Theater in Fish Creek, WI, described by the Chicago Tribune (2012) as "one of the most exceptional professional troupes in the country" and winner of the 2012 Wisconsin Governor's Award for Arts, Culture and Heritage. His recent publications explore the application of theater to psychological change, and recent research has examined spiritual benefits of cannabis. Among the 20 shows Dr. Heide has co-created are the hit sci-fi football musical Packer Fans From Outer Space and the metaphysical musical comedy Belgians in Heaven (both with Lee Becker and James Kaplan). These shows incorporate social learning principles to promote positive social behavior. Dr. Heide studied and co-created several shows with Paul Sills, founding director of Chicago's Second City Theatre, and teaches Mr. Sills' methods to augment mindfulness and expressive behavior for students at CSPP.