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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 focus in his years at Vinfen, including continuing strong financial performance, developing new program models for selected populations, increasing clinical capacity, improving the organization’s quality management system, increasing involvement in public advocacy, and developing an Innovation Program which has partnered with academic institutions and technology companies to develop new clinical and information technologies to support individuals with psychiatric conditions in self-management of their health. His current focus is on positioning Vinfen in the changing world of healthcare reform.

Dr. Bird has also served on numerous statewide policymaking and provider organizations. He currently serves on the boards of the Association of Behavioral Healthcare of Massachusetts (currently Treasurer), the Massachusetts Association of Mental Health, the Association of Developmental Disabilities Providers of Massachusetts (immediate past Chair), 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 active in applied research. His most research activities have included serving as principal investigator (PI) of a three year grant from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation to evaluate a new Community Behavioral Health Home model to integrate and improve health care for individuals with serious psychiatric disabilities. He is currently leading several projects evaluating newly developed remote patient monitoring and smartphone technologies designed to help individuals with serious mental illness manage their mental and physical health, including a three year evaluation project funded by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation of Massachusetts).