Frederick Heide

Frederick Heide | Professor

  • California School of Professional Psychology

  • Clinical Psychology (PsyD)
  • San Francisco Beach St Campus

Research Interests

Charismatic communication; musical theater and attitude change; mindfulness; improvisation; humor; transpersonal psychology; cognitive-behavioral therapy; psychedelics; cannabis


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 journalPsycCRITIQUES(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.


  • Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Pennsylvania State University


  • Advanced Clinical Skills: Mindfulness and Acceptance-Based Therapies
  • Observation and Interviewing
  • Theory & Technique of Clinical Practice: Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
  • Therapist Expressive Behavior
  • Intercultural Awareness
  • Psy.D. Proposal Design


  • Named one of top three regional actors, Door Voice Magazine
  • Teacher of the Year, California School of Professional Psychology-Berkeley
  • Master Teacher Award, California School of Professional Psychology-Fresno
  • Outstanding Research Contribution Award, Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy
  • B.S., Summa cum laude, Analysis-Synthesis, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
  • Commencement Speaker, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, 2012
  • $10,000 Commission, Fred Alley New Works Fund, American Folklore Theatre, 2012
  • Wisconsin Governor's Award for Arts, Culture and Heritage for American Folklore Theatre (co-founded by Dr. Heide), 2012



Heide, F. J. (2013). A lamp unto himself: Alan Watts and the illumination of spirit. PsycCRITIQUES, 58(1), Article 7.


Heide, F. J. (2013). "Easy to sense but hard to define": Charismatic nonverbal communication and the psychotherapist. Journal of Psychotherapy Integration, 23(3), 305-319.


Walloch, J. C., Cerezo, A., & Heide, F. (2012). Acceptance and commitment therapy to address eating disorder symptomatology. Journal of LGBT Issues in Counseling, 6(4), 257-273.


Birne-Stone, S., & Heide, F. J. (Fall/Winter, 2012). Media Watch Committee: The Theater Domain Subcommittee Report. The Amplifier: Society for Media Psychology and Technology, Division 46 (pp. 23-24). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.


Heide, F. J., Porter, N., & Saito, P. K. (2012). Do you hear the people sing?: Musical theatre and attitude change. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, 6(3), 224-230.


Heide, F. J. (2011). To fathom hell or soar angelic: Four psychedelic explorers who changed America. PsycCRITIQUES, 56(17), Article 3.


Heide, F.J. (2010). The agonistic metaphor in psychotherapy: Should clients battle their blues? Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, Training, 47(1), 68-82.


Werner, P.D., Swope, A.J., & Heide, F.J. (2009). Ethnicity, music experience, and depression. Journal of Music Therapy, 46 (4), 339-358.


Heide, F.J. (2007). The fundamental things apply: Parallels between the structures of drama and psychotherapy. In S. Krippner, M. Bova, & L. Gray (Eds.), Healing Stories: The use of narrative in counselling and psychotherapy (pp. 285-311). Charlottesville, VA: Puente Publications.


Werner, P.D., Swope, A.J., & Heide, F.J. (2006). The Music Experience Questionnaire: Development and correlates. Journal of Psychology: Interdisciplinary and Applied, 140 (4), 329-345.


Heide, F.J. (2003). How sturdy is the empirical foundation of clinical relaxation? Contemporary Psychology: The APA Review of Books, 48, 74-75.


Heide, F.J., & Rosenbaum, F. (1988). Therapists' experiences using single versus combined theoretical models in psychotherapy. International Journal of Eclectic and Integrative Psychotherapy, 7, 41-46.


Heide, F.J. (1986). Psychophysiological responsiveness to auditory stimulation during Transcendental Meditation. Psychophysiology, 23, 71-75.


Heide, F.J., & Borkovec, T.D. (1984). Relaxation-induced anxiety: Mechanisms and theoretical implications. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 22, 1-12.


Heide, F.J., & Borkovec, T.D. (1983). Relaxation-induced anxiety: Paradoxical anxiety enhancement due to relaxation training. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 51, 171-182.


Heide, F.J., & Mahoney, M.J. (1980). Cognitive strategies for medical disorders. In J.M. Ferguson and C.B. Taylor (Eds.), Comprehensive Handbook of Behavioral Medicine (pp. 99-111). New York: Spectrum Publications.


Heide, F.J., Wadlington, W.L., & Lundy, R.M. (1980). Hypnotic responsivity as a predictor of outcome in meditation. International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, 28, 358-385.


Heide, F. J. (2017). To study the self is to forget the self. PsycCRITIQUES, 62(19), Article 1.


Taraban, O., Heide, F. J., Woolacott, M., & Chan, D. (2017). The effects of a mindful listening task on mind-wandering. Mindfulness, 8(2), 433-443.


Heide, F. J. (2016). Enlightenment illuminated. PsycCRITIQUES, 61(11), Article 1.


Heide, F. J. (2015). Soon you will be no one. PsycCRITIQUES, 60(29), Article 2.


Heide, F. J. (2014). High time for a change in drug policy. PsycCRITIQUES, 59(21), Article 3.

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