Nia Heard-Garris

Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar, Clinical Lecturer, Department of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases, University of Michigan Medical School, University of Michigan

Dr. Heard-Garris is a primary care pediatrician, health services researcher, and a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at the University of Michigan. She received her B.S. in Biology at Spelman College and her medical degree from Howard University of College of Medicine and she completed her clinical training at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC in Pediatrics and Primary Care.

Dr. Heard-Garris’s research interests include adverse childhood experiences (ACEs); racism; racial socialization; social unrest; and resilience. Through her research at the University of Michigan, she wants to help pediatricians and parents understand their role in building resilience in children and in the communities that support children, so they are able to overcome their adverse circumstances and thrive.

Dr. Heard-Garris hopes to improve the health of the future generations of leaders by not only caring for them, but by also improving healthcare inequalities. Dr. Heard-Garris is a wife and proud mother of a very active young son.


  • –present
    Clinical Professor, University of Michigan, University of Michigan