Wayne C. Piersel Ph.D. began his career at Heartspring in 1999, and his influence and leadership in Heartspring’s clinical approach can be seen throughout the campus. In 2016, Dr. Wayne joined the Executive Leadership Team as Heartspring’s Director of Clinical Services, which includes the Heartspring School, Pediatric Services, CARE and ABA programs.
Dr. Wayne provides leadership and clinical oversight to all Heartspring programs, as the organization builds a comprehensive treatment model that meets the needs of all the families who look to Heartspring for support. He built a psychology program at Heartspring that not only supports the children here, but also gives them the opportunity for success once they return home. Dr. Wayne has hired motivated individuals who have the passion to back up their expertise and experience in their respective fields. He instituted the psychology on-call schedule to ensure students get the help they need, no matter what time of the day or night they need it. He’s also increased the collaborative aspect of problem solving. When something needs to be changed, there are teams of people from a variety of different backgrounds giving input and finding the best solution.
Before coming to Heartspring, Dr. Wayne worked at the University of Nebraska as a consultant and Associate Professor of Educational Psychology. He trained graduate students in the doctoral program to work with children with special needs. While he was working in Nebraska, he was part of a number of statewide changes. He was involved in rewriting the state law regarding the licensure of psychologists. Dr. Wayne was also on a special task force that dealt with looking at ways to better implement special education services to children in Nebraska.
Dr. Wayne’s career and education has taken him across the country. He has a Bachelor of Arts Cum Laude in Psychology from the University of Colorado, a Master of Science in Psychology from New Mexico Highlands University and his doctorate from the University of Arizona. Dr. Wayne is also a retired member of the U.S. Army Reserve where he served for 33 years. His wife is also a psychologist at a local school district. They have four children and six grandchildren. In his free time he likes to cheer on the University of Nebraska and read science fiction books.