Heather M. Butts, JD, MPH, MA


Heather Butts is the founder of L.E.A.R.N for Life Consulting, L.L.C.  Additionally, she is an adjunct professor at Columbia University School of Public Health and St. John’s University School of Law. Prior to this work. Ms. Butts served for over seven years  as a regulatory specialist at Columbia University’s Medical Center (CUMC) Institutional Review Board (IRB). She was involved in updating CUMC investigators and IRB members on regulatory changes, as well as training and education efforts of the Columbia University research community. She has authored several publications in the area of health ethics and regulations. Prior to her work at Columbia, Ms. Butts was a Senior Associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP in New York where she performed compliance risk assessments, outreach and education.  

Ms. Butts received her B.A. from Princeton University. She was a history major, concentrating in American Studies, African Studies and African-American Studies.  She received her J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law, her M.P.H from Harvard University School of Public Health and her M.A. in Education from Columbia University’s Teachers College. While at Teachers College, Ms. Butts specialized in college preparation for students and adolescent psychology and now provides college counseling consultation for students and their parents.

Ms. Butts has participated in several seminars and
conferences on public health and the law, healthcare
disparities, college preparation for the family and research ethics.