Antioch University New England’s Department of Clinical Psychology is pleased to announce our newly named Center for Behavioral Health Innovation (BHI), dedicated to design and improvement of behavioral health services in close partnership with community practitioners. BHI evolved from the Center for Research on Psychological Practice (CROPP), established in 1993 by our late colleague, Gene Pekarik, to explore the process and outcomes of psychotherapy as practiced in naturalistic settings. Under Jim Fauth’s leadership since 2002, the Center’s work has broadened from a focus on psychotherapy in naturalistic contexts, per se, to more programmatic interventions targeting specific community needs.
During this time, the Center has grown into a regional hub for program design, evaluation, and quality improvement, attracting over $2 million in external funding since 2006. All of this work shares a common value framework: beholden to local stakeholders, dedicated to the learning needs of practitioners, infused by the most current and relevant scholarship, and aiming for maximum impact on population-level health. The name change reflects this orientation to a broader array of behavioral health issues; practice stakeholders, settings, and interventions; and target populations. An area of emphasis, with the arrival of Sandy Blount, will be on the integration of behavioral health into primary care and other medical settings.