Renata M. Heilman, PhDrenataheilman

Lecturer
Babeș-Bolyai University, School of Psychology and Educational Sciences, Department of Psychology
37, Republicii Street, 400015, Cluj-Napoca, Romania.
renataheilman@psychology.ro

Research domains:
Economic Psychology
Cognitive Psychology

Research interests:
Behavioral economics and neuroeconomics: individual differences in decision-making
Emotion, emotion regulation and decision-making

Professional experience:
Since 2015 Lecturer, Department of Psychology, Babes-Bolyai University Cluj-Napoca
2012-2013 Leverhulme Visiting Fellowship for postdoctoral research at City University London
2012-2015 Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Babes-Bolyai University Cluj-Napoca
Since 2008 Teaching assistant, Department of Psychology, Babes-Bolyai University Cluj-Napoca, undergraduate level, for the Cognitive Psychology course.
2008-2012 Teaching assistant, Department of Psychology, Babes-Bolyai University Cluj-Napoca, undergraduate level, for the Genetics course
2006-2012 Teaching assistant, Department of Psychology, Babes-Bolyai University Cluj-Napoca, undergraduate level, for the Abnormal Developmental Psychology course.
2006-2012 Teaching assistant, Department of Psychology, Babes-Bolyai University Cluj-Napoca, undergraduate level, for the Neuroscience course.
2008-2011 Trainer in the Perspective DIE and Magister programs for the following courses: Particularities in the development of children and adolescents and Diagnosis and intervention in the atypical development of children and adolescents.
Since 2007 Teaching assistant, Department of Psychology, Babes-Bolyai University Cluj-Napoca, undergraduate level, for the General Psychology, Personality Psychology and Educational Psychology courses

Education
2011 Ph.D. in Psychology, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Thesis title: Individual differences in emotion and decision. Supervisor: Professor Mircea Miclea, Ph.D.

2008 Honours Master’s of Science in Clinical Psychology, Counseling and Psychotherapy, Department of Psychology, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca. Thesis title: Developmental and sex-related differences in preschoolers’ affective decision-making. Co-Supervisors: Associate Professor Oana Benga, Ph.D., Professor Mircea Miclea, Ph.D.

2006 Honours Bachelor of Science, Department of Psychology, Babes-Bolyai University. Thesis title: The effects of trait-anxiety, anxiety-neuroticism and sensation seeking on decision making in the ultimatum game and the Iowa gambling task. Supervisor: Professor Adrian Opre, Ph.D.

Professional training and development:
2015 Developing entrepreneurship skills – an efficient alternative to the adaptation to the labor market, POSDRU/92/3.1/S/62353, Cluj-Napoca
2014 A Beginner’s Guide to Irrational Behavior Online Course, Coursera and Duke University, USA
2012 EU Research Proposal Writing Workshop, London, UK
2009 Summer School in Psychological Economics and Economic Psychology, Monte Bondone, Italy
2007 International course in psychosomatic medicine, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
2006 Workshop Visual evoked potentials during cerebral ischemia and reperfusion in vivo, Bucharest, Romania
2006 Workshop in Experimental Economics, Bryn Mawr College, USA
2006 Training in Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (third level, module A), International Institute for the Advanced Studies in Psychotherapy and Applied Mental Health, Cluj-Napoca and Albert Ellis Institute, USA.
2006 Training in Cognitive Behavioral Treatment of the Patient with Complex and Difficult Problems, National Conference of Psychology, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
2006 Ethical aspects in psychotherapy, National Conference of Psychology, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
2006-2007 Supportive groups coordinator for patients with breast cancer at the I. Chiricuta Institute of Oncology, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
2005-2006 Supervised clinical stage at the I. Chiricuta Institute of Oncology, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
2005 12th International Summer School in Cognitive Science, New Bulgarian University, Sofia, Bulgaria
2005 Training in Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (second level), International Institute for the Advanced Studies in Psychotherapy and Applied Mental Health, Cluj-Napoca and Albert Ellis Institute, USA.
2004 Training in Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (first level), International Institute for the Advanced Studies in Psychotherapy and Applied Mental Health, Cluj-Napoca and Albert Ellis Institute, USA.
2004 Training in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy in Sexual Disorders, Department of Psychology and ASPR, Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

Professional affiliations
Society for Judgment and Decision Making (SJDM)
The Psychonomic Society
International Brain Research Organization (IBRO)
International Association for Research in Economic Psychology (IAREP)
Society for the Advancement of Behavioral Economics (SABE)
Cognitive Neuroscience Society (CNS)
National Neuroscience Society of Romania (SNN)
Association for Psychological Science (APS)
Stress and Anxiety Research Society (STAR)
Romanian Association for Cognitive Sciences (ASCR)

Prizes, scholarships, fellowships
2015 Business plan competition award for the course Developing entrepreneurship skills – an efficient alternative to the adaptation to the labor market, POSDRU/92/3.1/S/62353, Cluj-Napoca
2012-2013 Leverhulme Postdoctoral Fellowship at City University, London, UK
2011 The „Florian Ştefănescu-Goangă” Award for young doctors in Psychology
2007 IBRO Travel Fellowship for attending the IBRO World Congress of Neuroscience, Melbourne, Australia, July 12-17, 2007.
2006 The „Alexandru Rosca” Award, Institute of Socio-Humane Research, Romanian Academy, Cluj-Napoca, Romania.
2005 Stipend, New Bulgarian University, Sofia, Bulgaria (awarded on a competitive basis, for attending the 12th International Summer School in Cognitive Science).
2005 First Prize (section: Clinical Psychology), The 5th Psychology Student Conference, A. I. Cuza University, Iasi, Romania.
2004-2005 Undergraduate Student Research Fellowship, Babes- Bolyai University, Romania.
2004 Third Prize (section: Fundamental Medical Sciences), The Annual Conference of the Iuliu Hatieganu University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
2004 Special Prize, The 4th Psychology Student Conference, A. I. Cuza University, Iasi, Romania.
2004 First Prize (section: Neuroscience), The 4th Psychology Student Conference, A. I. Cuza University, Iasi, Romania.
2004 First Prize (section: Social Psychology), The Annual Conference of the Romanian Association of Students in Psychology, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Editor and Reviewer activity
Review Editor
Frontiers in Psychology, ISSN 1664-1078
Ad-hoc reviewer
Journal of Economic Psychology, Elsevier, ISSN: 0167-4870
PLOS ONE, PLOS, eISSN-1932-6203
NeuroImage, Elsevier, ISSN: 1053-8119
Cognition and Emotion, Taylor & Francis, ISSN 0269-9931
Emotion, APA, ISSN: 1528-3542
Cognition, Brain, Behavior: An Interdisciplinary Journal, ASCR, ISSN: 1224-8398

Research grants
2016-2017 GTC-31794-2016, Developing new connections between theory and practice: applications of economic psychology in resource allocation decisions in organizational settings, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj Napoca, Romania (principal investigator)
2015-2017 PN-II-RU-TE-2014-4-2111, Social networks and emotions: Implications for the rationality of entrepreneurship strategic decisions. PI: Dr. Oana Fodor (grant team member)
2011-2012 POSDRU/90/2.1/S/63100, Artistic training – the transition of the young artist towards employment (Vocational Counselor).
2008-2011 CNCSIS 2440/2008, Critical factors involved in computer-based psychotherapy of anxiety disorders. PI: Dr. Mircea Miclea (Research Assistant).
2008-2011 Ph.D. student fellowship, offered by National University Research Council of Romania.
2008-2008 CEEX, ANCS: A neurocognitive and developmental analysis of anxiety: Applications for diagnostics and therapy. PI: Dr. Mircea Miclea (Research Assistant).

Publications:
a) Books
R. M. Heilman (2014). Individual differences in emotion and decision-making. Implications for economic psychology [in Romanian]. Romanian Association for Cognitive Science Publishing House (ASCR), Cluj-Napoca, 194 pp.

b) Chapters
R. M. Heilman, A. C. Miu, & D. Houser (2016). Emotion regulation and economic decision making: A systematic review. În M. Reuter & C. Montag (Eds.): Neuroeconomics. Springer, Germany (pp 313-331).
R. M. Heilman, E., Kallay, & M. Miclea, (2011). Advances in computer-based psychotherapy of anxiety disorders. In M. Miclea & E. Kallay (Eds.). The computer-mediated therapy of anxiety. (pp. 46-67), Editura Asociaţiei de Ştiinţe Cognitive din România (ASCR), Cluj-Napoca

c) Papers

i. ISI
P. L. Szasz, S. G. Hofmann, R. M. Heilman, & J. Curtiss, (2016). Effect of regulating anger and sadness on decision-making. Cognitive behaviour therapy, 45(6), 479-495.
R. M. Heilman, L. G. Crisan, D. Houser, M. Miclea, & A. C. Miu (2010). Emotion Regulation and Decision Making under Risk and Uncertainty. Emotion, 10, 257-65
R. Vulturar, L. G. Crisan, S. Pana, R. M. Heilman, B. Druga, N. Dragos, & A. C. Miu (2009) Genetic contributions to social learning of fear and economic decision making. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 4, 399-408
A. C. Miu, R. M. Heilman, & M. Miclea (2009). Reduced heart rate variability and vagal tone in anxiety: trait versus state, and the effects of autogenic training. Autonomic Neuroscience, 145, 99-103
R. M. Heilman, A. C. Miu, & O. Benga (2009). Developmental and sex-related differences in preschoolers’ affective decision-making. Child Neuropsychology, 15, 73-84
A. C. Miu, R. M. Heilman, & D. Houser (2008). Anxiety impairs decision-making: Psychophysiological evidence from an Iowa Gambling Task. Biological Psychology, 77, 353-358
A. C. Miu, R. M. Heilman, S. P. Pasca, C. A. Stefan, F. Spanu, R. Vasiu, A. I. Olteanu, & M. Miclea (2006). Behavioral effects of corpus callosum transection and environmental enrichment in adult rats. Behavioural Brain Research 172, 135-44
A. C. Miu, R. M. Heilman, A. Opre, & M. Miclea (2005). Emotion-induced retrograde amnesia and trait anxiety. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition 31, 1250-1257
A. C. Miu, A. I. Olteanu, I. Chis, & R. M. Heilman (2004). Have no fear, erythropoietin is here: Erythropoietin protects fear-conditioning performances after functional inactivation of the amygdala. Behavioural Brain Research 155, 223-229

ii. National peer-reviewed journals
R. M. Heilman & M. Miclea (2016). Risk seeking preferences: An investigation of framing effects across decisional domains. Cognition, Brain, Behavior: An Interdisciplinary Journal,20, 1-17
R. M. Heilman & M. Miclea (2015). The contributions of declarative knowledge and emotion regulation in the Iowa Gambling Task. Cognition, Brain, Behavior: An Interdisciplinary Journal,19, 35-53
R. M. Heilman, E. Kallay, & M. Miclea (2010). The role of computer-based psychotherapy in the treatment of anxiety disorders. Cognition, Brain, Behavior: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 14, 209-230
R. M. Heilman (2006). The impact of emotions and individual differences upon economic decision-making: A review of experimental literature. Cognition, Brain, Behavior: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 10, 439-459.
A. C. Miu, R. M. Heilman, R. A. Anton, C. Indrei, S. Braica, T. Krizsan, V. Tibre, A. I. Olteanu (2003). A physiological and personological account of sympathovagal balance in controlled anxiety and relaxation. Cognition, Brain, Behavior: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 7, 242-260.

iii. Book reviews
Mérö László (2007): (I)Logica raționalității: Teoria jocurilor și psihologia deciziilor umane, Editura RTS (320 pagini). Psihologia Resurselor Umane (2008), 6, 122-123.

Papers presented at national and international conferences:
a) International conferences
R. M. Heilman & P. Kusev (2016). Retrospective frequency judgments for emotional stimuli: the effect of the pattern of events within the sequence. Cognitive and neural mechanisms of human memory international conference, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
R. M. Heilman & O. Fodor (2014). Stress and pro-social behavior: An experimental investigation of the effects of stress on interpersonal trust. 35th Stress and Anxiety Research Society Conference, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
O. Fodor & R. M. Heilman (2014). Cooperation under stress – an experimental investigation. 35th Stress and Anxiety Research Society Conference, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
R. M. Heilman, P. Kusev & P. van Schaik (2013). Emotions and preferences: risky choices and retrospective frequency judgments. Society for Judgment and Decision-Making Conference, Toronto, Canada
R. M. Heilman & P. Kusev (2013). Immediate Emotional States as Predictors of Risk Preferences. The Psychonomic Society Annual Meeting, Toronto, Canada
R. M. Heilman, A. C. Miu, & D. Houser (2012). The effects of emotional arousal and emotion regulation strategies in social decision-making. Attention and executive functioning in high-trait anxiety. Implications for cognitive and academic performance, Exploratory Workshop, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
R. M. Heilman, A. C. Miu, & D. Houser (2012). Emotion Regulation Modulates Inequity Aversion in an Ultimatum Game. The American Economic Association Conference, Chicago, USA
R. M. Heilman, E. Kallay, A. C. Miu, M. Miclea (2011). Cognitive coping strategies in the prediction of subjective well-being and anxiety and depression related symptoms. 32nd Stress and Anxiety Research Society Conference, Muenster, Germany
R. M. Heilman, A. C. Miu, M. Miclea (2011). Individual Differences in Emotion Regulation and Framing Effects. 12th European Congress of Psychology, Istanbul Turkey
R. M. Heilman, M. Miclea, & A. C. Miu (2010). Individual differences in cognitive emotion regulation and well-being. 24th European Health Psychology Conference, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
R. M. Heilman, L. Crisan, D. Houser, M. Miclea, & A. C. Miu (2009). A critical role of emotion regulation in risk taking. ESE Conferences in Behavioral Economics, Rotterdam, Holland
R. M. Heilman, L. G. Crisan, M. Miclea, & A. C Miu (2009). Emotion regulation and decision: The detrimental effects of expressive suppression on risky decision-making. IAREP-SABE Joint Conference “Behavioral Economics and Economic Psychology: Theory and Policy”, Halifax, Canada
A. C. Miu, L. G. Crisan, S. Pana, R. M. Heilman, R. Vulturar (2009). Genetic influences on social learning of fear and decision-making. 30th Stress and Anxiety Research Society Conference, Budapesta, Hungary
R. M. Heilman, A. C. Miu, & O. Benga (2008). Developmental changes in affective decision-making: The effects of age and sex in 3 and 4-year old children. XXIX International Congress of Psychology, Berlin, Germany
R. M. Heilman, L. Crisan, A. C. Miu, M. Miclea (2008). Emotional suppression is associated with altered decision-making under uncertainty and risk. 29th Stress and Anxiety Research Society Conference, London, UK.
R. M. Heilman, S.E. Pana, R.D. Szekely, A. C. Miu, & O. Benga (2008). Decision-making under uncertainty, declarative learning, and emotional development in 3 and 4-year old children. 6th FENS Forum of European Neuroscience, Geneva, Switzerland.
R. M. Heilman, A.C. Miu, M. Miclea (2008). Anxiety and fairness in experimental bargaining. Stress and Cognition. Recent Approaches, Cluj-Napoca, România
R. M. Heilman, L. Crisan, A. C. Miu, & M. Miclea (2008). Emotion regulation and decision-making under uncertainty and risk: Implications for substance abuse. Days of Molecular Medicine, Stockholm, Sweden
A. C. Miu, J. Avram, A. Amagdei, R. Baltes, & R. M. Heilman (2007). Trait Anxiety and Lateralized Emotional Interference: Correlation with Corpus Callosum Morphology and Electroencephalographic Coherence. Cognitive Neuroscience Society Annual Meeting, New York, USA.
R. M. Heilman, A. C. Miu, A. Opre, & D. Houser (2006). The thrills of decision-making: trait anxiety, neuroticism and sensation seeking in ultimatum game and Iowa gambling task. Proceedings of IAREP-SABE Conference, Behavioural Economics & Economic Psychology, Paris, France
R. M. Heilman (2005). Emotion-induced retrograde amnesia and trait anxiety. Proceedings of the Students Symposium, 12th International Summer School in Cognitive Sciences, New Bulgarian University, Sofia, Bulgaria.
A. C. Miu, A. I. Olteanu, I. Chis, & R. M. Heilman (2004). Erythropoietin protects fear conditioning performances against functional inactivation of the amygdala in rats. Proceedings of the 4th Forum of European Neuroscience, Lisbon, Portugal.
R. M. Heilman, C. Indrei, R. A. Anton, T. Krizsan, S. Braica, C. I. Stancu, S. Ioja, D. Turturica, R. I. Medrea, A. C. Miu, V. Țibre, & A. I. Olteanu (2003). Sympathovagal balance in the nonlinear control of heart rate variability in controlled anxiety. Proceedings of the International Symposium on Developmental Cognitive Neurosciences, Cluj-Napoca, România.
b) National conferences
R. M. Heilman, M. Miclea, & A. C. Miu (2010). Strategiile de reglare emoțională și impactul lor asupra preferinței pentru căutarea riscului. Conferința Națională de Psihologie, Iași, Romanaia
R. M. Heilman (2009). Impactul reglării emoționale și al anxietății asupra corectitudinii în decizia economică. Conferința Națională de Psihologie Industrială și Organizațională “Al. Roșca”, Cluj Napoca, Romania
R. M. Heilman, S. Pana, R. Szekely, A. C. Miu, O. Benga. (2008). Decizia în condiții de risc la copii de 3 și 4 ani. Conferința Națională de Psihologie, Timișoara, România
R. M. Heilman, L. Crisan, A. C. Miu, & M. Miclea (2008). Supresia emoțională se asociază cu alterarea performanțelor decizionale în condiții de risc. Conferința Națională de Psihologie, Timișoara, România
R. M. Heilman, A. C. Miu, A. Opre, C. Amihaiesi, & D. Houser (2006). Anxietatea ca trăsătură în luarea deciziei. Conferința Națională de Psihologie, Cluj-Napoca, România.

Citations:
342 citations in ISI journals (h-index: 7)

Other professional activities
2016 Organizing the International Conference “Cognitive and Neural Mechanisms of Human Memory”, 17th-20th of May, 2016, Cluj-Napoca, Romania (organizing team member).
2015 Organizing the Human Action Control. From Basics to Dynamics Summer School, 23rd-30th of September, 2015, Cluj-Napoca, Romania (organizing team member). The event was fully financed by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) with the amount of 12.610Euro.
2014 Organizing the Implicit Cognition Summer School, 24th-30th of July, 2014, Cluj-Napoca, Romania (organizing team member)