Bachelor summa cum laude, University of California, Berkeley, 1981; Doctor of Philosophy, Harvard University, 1987.
Intramural research fellow National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland, 1987-1989. Postdoctoral research fellow University California, Berkeley, 1989-1990. Public policy fellow American Psychological Association, Washington, 1990-1991.
American Association for the Advancement of Science congressional science fellow United States Senate Appropriations Committee, 1991-1992. Senior program officer National Academy of Sciences, since 1992.
Volunteer counselor Women's Refuge, Inc., Berkeley, 1990. Project coordinator District of Columbia Cares, Washington, since 1990. Member American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Psychological Association, American Psychological Society, Society for Psychological Study of Social Issue, Harvard Club of Washington (community service steering committee since 1990), Harvard Club (Maryland, schools committee since 1994), Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi (national finalist President's Commission White House Fellows 1995).
Married Alan Wohl Heldman, Junior, December 29, 1991.