About the Foundation

Renewed by the NABH Board of Trustees in 2020, the NABH Education and Research Foundation exists today to promote education and research to improve the care and treatment of behavioral healthcare; further improve the quality of behavioral healthcare facilities; and advance the scientific understanding of the knowledge of human behavior.


The NABH Education & Research Foundation fields independent studies and partners with other organizations to identify and develop best practices and improve NABH members’ ability to support the country’s behavioral health needs.


The NABH Education & Research Foundation vision supports the NABH vision of a society that values and maximizes the potential of all its citizens by helping them achieve overall health. We believe healthy communities must recognize and respect behavioral health and allocate resources with fairness and equity as part of overall health.

If you would like to donate to support the NABH Education and Research Foundation’s mission, please mail a check to: NABH Foundation, 900 17th Street, NW, Suite 420, Washington, DC 20006. The NABH Education and Research Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Donations are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by applicable laws.

NABH Education and Research Foundation Board



Donald Parker


Hackensack Meridian Health Carrier Clinic
Belle Meade, NJ

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Vice President


Jim Shaheen

Chief Executive Officer

New Season/Colonial Management Group, LP, Maitland, FL



Mary C. Pawlikowski


Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital and Clinics
Nashville, TN

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Deni Carise, Ph.D.



Julia E. Richardson

Director of Advocacy and Senior Counsel

National Association for Behavioral Healthcare
Washington, DC

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Our mission is to carry on the legacy of promoting research and education within the behavioral healthcare community. It’s a mission we take great pride in leading.

— Donald Parker

We are here to serve the members of NABH, and those they serve, to help ensure a brighter future for the entire industry.

— Jim Shaheen

We provide the behavioral healthcare industry with valuable research necessary to better serve the needs of their patients.

— Mary C. Pawlikowski

Independent research is at the core of improving the care and treatment of mental illness as well as further improving the quality of behavioral healthcare overall. We look forward to helping advance our industry.

— Deni Carise

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More About the Foundation

After the Foundation was formed as a 501(c)(3) organization in 1979, it financed an alternative prospective payment study database of inpatient facilities and funded a research project on teens at risk. It also created a summer work program to give student nurses greater exposure to psychiatric nursing.

As it grew, the Foundation funded several outcome studies; developed a quality assurance manual for member hospitals; created an award in recognition for the early diagnosis and treatment of schizophrenia; and provided grants to other mental health-focused organizations.

Today’s Foundation looks to both field independent studies and partner with other organizations in order to improve members’ ability to support the behavioral healthcare needs of our country. What kind of data would be most helpful to you? Please let us know by sending a message to Foundation@nabh.org.