Release Date: 09/09/2016

Justin Nash, PhD, director of behavioral health at Memorial Hospital, a Care New England hospital, was recently named president-elect of the Society for Health Psychology.

Dr. Nash, who is also a professor of family medicine and psychiatry and human behavior at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, will assume the role of president of the Society in 2017 for one year.

The Society for Health Psychology was established to advance contributions of the psychology discipline toward understanding health and illness through basic and clinical research, to promote education and services in the psychology of health and illness, and to inform the psychological community and the general public on the results of current research and service activities.

“This is a great honor for Dr. Nash and a reflection of the commitment he has to behavioral health education and research,” says Jeffrey Borkan, MD, MPH, medical director of family medicine at Memorial Hospital.

Dr. Nash - whose academic interests are evaluating behavioral health services in the context of patient-centered medical homes – sees patients at Memorial and also conducts research. Earlier this year, he was awarded a grant from the Care Transformation Collaborative of Rhode Island’s Integrated Behavioral Health Pilot Program to develop a population health approach to improving the behavioral and overall health of patients at Memorial’s Family Care Center.

With the grant, his research is implementing a population health approach of standardizing screening for depression, anxiety and substance abuse. In addition, he is creating a registry to understand how the patients access and use the behavioral health services available through the Family Care Center.

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