Pueblo Central Hall of Honor 2011 Inductee

Dr. David Shern (1969)

David received his BA, MA and Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Colorado in Boulder. He has held academic positions at the University of South Florida, State University of New York at Albany, New York University and the University of Colorado.

He currently serves as the president and CEO of Mental Health America. MHA is the country's oldest and largest nonprofit organization addressing all aspects of mental health and mental illness. With more than 30 years of distinguished service in mental health services research and system reform, David is one of the nation's leading mental health experts. During his career, he has helped reengineer mental health care systems in Colorado, New York and Florida as well as participating in several national reform and research demonstration efforts.

Prior to joining Mental Health America in 2006, he served as dean of the Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute at the University of South Florida.

David was the founding director of the National Center for the Study of Issues in Public Mental Health. In Colorado, he led the sponsored research program in the state mental health office and evaluation and needs assessment efforts in the Denver mental health system.

He has authored more than 100 publications including papers in Health Affairs, Psychiatric Services, Medical Care, Health Services Research, Behavioral Health Services Research and Administration and the American Journal of Public Health.

In 2000 Governor Jeb Bush appointed him to the Florida Commission on Mental Health and Substance Abuse. He was elected Chair of the Commission by his fellow Commissioners and spearheaded an effort to develop a new statewide focus on and governance model for behavioral health across all human service agencies and settings.

One of David's favorite places to eat when he comes to Pueblo is the Mill Stop. You can take the boy out of Pueblo – but you can't take Pueblo out of the boy!

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