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Bruce L. Bird, PhD

Bruce L. Bird received his Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Houston in 1975.  He then spent four years at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, initially as a postdoctoral fellow in Pediatrics, then as staff and Assistant Professor in Neurology.  Dr. Bird’s work at Johns Hopkins included clinical services and research in behavioral medicine and directing federally funded research grants in behavioral neurology.

Over his professional history, he has served in senior administrative roles for organizations including Catholic Charities of his native New Orleans in 1980’s, a national for-profit neurorehabilitation company in the late 1980’s, and the Kennedy Krieger Institute at Johns Hopkins in the early 1990’s. Prior to joining Vinfen in 2003, he served for eight years as the Chief Executive Officer of North Suffolk Mental Health, a large community behavioral healthcare center with strong affiliations with the Massachusetts General Hospital. After seven years of service as Vinfen’s Chief Operating Officer, Dr. Bird was promoted to the position of Chief Executive Officer in January 2009 and President in 2010.

Dr. Bird lists several areas of achievement in his years at Vinfen, including consistent strong financial performance, developing new program models for selected populations, increasing clinical adoption of evidence-based practices, improving the organization’s quality management systems, and increasing involvement in public advocacy. Since 2010, Vinfen has grown in revenue from just under $100M to FY 2020 revenue of about $195M, with services to about 10,000 individuals in over 450 locations in Eastern Massachusetts and Connecticut.

Dr. Bird notes a major focus has been development and growth of an Innovation Center which has supported two major initiatives. Vinfen launched and has grown integrated medical and behavioral care coordination services for over 1800 Vinfen clients, forged partnerships with 6 other community organizations serving a total of over 4000 clients and contracted with 14 accountable care organizations and a prominent Massachusetts One Care program. The Innovation Center has also collaborated with colleagues at Dartmouth and Harvard to conduct 15 evaluations of new mobile and web-based technologies supporting individuals with psychiatric conditions in self-management of their health.

Dr. Bird has also served on numerous statewide policymaking and provider organizations. He has served on the boards of the Association of Behavioral Healthcare of Massachusetts (currently vice chair), the Massachusetts Association of Mental Health, the Association of Developmental Disabilities Providers of Massachusetts (past Chair 2015-16), the Providers Council, and on several Massachusetts policy and planning committees, including currently serving on the Governor’s Providers and Consumers Advisory Council.

Dr. Bird is a licensed Psychologist and has served as a member of the associate faculty of the Psychiatry Department of the Harvard Medical School and the affiliate staff of the Massachusetts General Hospital. He has produced numerous articles and presentations and is currently directly involved in the research and evaluation projects evaluating the impact of technologies on self-management in Vinfen’s core populations.