The Author

 Headshot for Dani

I forgot to delete my wrinkles in PhotoShop.

I am the maternal grandson of Private Ralph Heller. I am a licensed clinical psychologist, a nonprofit consultant, author, actor and public speaker. And never boast about myself.

I wrote, Big Kids: A Parent’s Guide to Weight Control for Children (New Harbinger) and produced an award winning video on children’s weight control, Total Teen Fitness with Dr. A. I have published academic articles on various psychological subjects including a co-authorship of a chapter in a Harvard sponsored book on aging (Evidence-Based Behavioral Health Practice for Older Adults—Springer) and a highly regarded book on human services titled Culturally Adaptive Practices:  Cultural Competency for Human Service Providers (VdS Publishing). 

I also consulted to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in writing reviews of the research merits of treatment and therapy evidence based practices (EBPs) in psychiatry and clinical psychology.

(A good way to destroy your writing style is to write too many academic papers.

Don’t use passive voice unless absolutely necessary!!)

IMG_0698My late dog Laika. A rescued Rhodesian Ridgeback, she always laid in my office when I wrote.

She liked to lay in the garden as well.

I really miss her.

A feature film screenplay based on the book is complete. See The Screenplay page.

I have also written a script outline for a documentary version of Private Heller and the Bantam Boys.  

I have appeared on radio and television shows, and in television commercials and industrial movies as a professional actor. I am a member of the American Psychological Association and the Screen Actors Guild.

I am an avid weightlifter, runner, backpacker, mountain biker and devotee of nonfiction. I even do my own plumbing and yard work.

As a confirmed desert rat, I live with my wife of over 23 years, Linda, near Phoenix, Arizona. (It’s a dry heat.)

I’m available for speaking engagements, book clubs or discussion groups.  We could even use Skype for far-off locations!

Contact me at:

Follow me on Twitter: @DrGregoryArcher


The havelinas or peccaries that live in my backyard.

They tend to be ornery and are one of the most dangerous animals in the American southwest deserts.