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David L. Shern, Ph.D.

Interim President and CEO

With over 30 years of distinguished service in mental health services, research, and system reform, David L. Shern, Ph.D., is one of the nation’s leading mental health experts.

David currently serves as the interim President/CEO; he previously led the organization from 2006 to 2012. Prior to joining MHA, Dr. Shern served as dean of the Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute (FMHI) at the University of South Florida, one of the largest research and training institutes in behavioral health services in the United States.  He also founded and directed the National Center for the Study of Issues in Public Mental Health - a National Institute of Mental Health-funded services research center located in the New York State Office of Mental Heath (OMH). 

His work has spanned a variety of mental health services research topics including epidemiological studies of the need for community services; the effects of differing organizational, financing and service delivery strategies on continuity of care and client outcome and the use of alternative service delivery strategies such as peer counseling and self help on the outcomes of care.  He has authored more than 100 publications including papers in Health Affairs, Psychiatric Services, Medical Care, Health Services Research, Behavioral Health Services and Research and the American Journal of Public Health.

David is available to speak at conferences, events, hearings, and other forums on behalf of Mental Health America.  To get in touch with David, contact Michael King.

2000 N. Beauregard Street,
6th Floor Alexandria, VA 22311

Phone (703) 684.7722

Toll Free (800) 969.6642

Fax (703) 684.5968

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