Kathryn Cohan McNulty
PO Box 28
Pascoag, RI 02859
2107 Wilson Blvd., Suite 300
Arlington, VA 22201
Title: Director, Recovery Education and Support
Responsible for oversight, management, continuous evaluation and improvement of NAMI consumer education and support programs. Fully responsible for the full range of activities involved in creating, mounting, and monitoring large scale national implementation initiatives for each program, and supervising the degree and form of intersection between them as they advance. Responsible for creation of and continuous revisions to original written materials that comprise the NAMI Peer-to-Peer Recovery Education Course curriculum, including research, review, and incorporation of participant feedback; responsible for training of the original teaching “mentors” in every state and subsequent annual training of state trainers for the expansion of the program in each state. Oversight of national implementation of NAMI-Connection mutual support group model, and provision of assistance to state organizations, affiliates and support group sites in support group development, recruitment, and training. Responsible for revisions to training manual and other written materials used by individuals and sites for consumer support group implementation. Responsible for the development and implementation of Hearts & Minds, an educational videotape and accompanying workbook focused on cardiac health for people who live with mental illness.
1996 – 2001 Independent Consultant
Part time “work for hire” with the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, researching, synthesizing and writing a peer-based recovery curriculum, completed and launched for national dissemination in 2001. Founder: NAMI-RI Citizen, a state wide, consumer-friendly affiliate. Teacher: NAMI Family-to-Family Provider Education Pilot. Presenter: NAMI national (1997, 1998, 1999, 2000), regional (1998) and statewide (1996, 1997, 1998, 1999) conferences, National Mental Health Statistics Annual Conference (1997). NAMI Consumer Council Representative (1998, 1999, 2000). NAMI Consumer of the Year, 2000. Vice-president: Manic Depressive and Depressive Association of Rhode Island. Co-moderator and founder of email forum for NAMI consumer members: The KnowHow List for general support and information sharing. Created and maintained several sets of web pages for a variety of non-profit, mutual support and advocacy-based mental health groups.
1983 - 1996: Northern RI Community Mental Health Center
P.O. Box 1700, Woonsocket, RI 02895
Hired in 1983 as the Center's first full-time Independent Living Advocate; performed in a variety of clinical capacities with the Center's Psychosocial Rehabilitation, Casework, and Emergency teams for six years. Developed and expanded data collection capacity in Intake/Emergency department; native curiosity led to position in 1989 as MIS Assistant. Promoted to Administrative Assistant to Executive Director in 1990; assumed responsibility for directing the activities of Center's associated housing, employment, and transportation corporations in addition to assisting with overall Center management. Statewide budget constraints necessitated consolidation of administrative departments; in 1991 assumed responsibility for Center's MIS department in addition to Associated Corporations.
Initial Evaluation of the Peer-to-Peer Program, Psychiatric Services, 2009 with Lucksted, A., Brayboy, L., Forbes, C.
Consumer and Families as Partners in Implementing Evidence-Based Practice, Psychiatric Clinics of North America , 2003 with Birkel R., Hall L., Lane T., Miller J.
The Hard Questions, The NAMI Advocate, Newsletter of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, October/November 1998.
Transformation, http://www.connix.com/~narpa/transform.htm , the web version of National Association for Rights Protection and Advocacy's Rights Tenet newsletter, September 1999 with Sylvia Caras, Ph.D.
Effective and Timely Reporting Products for Recipients, MHSIP Update, publication of the Mental Health Statistical Improvement Program, February 1998.
The Consumer as Provider Initiative, Journal of the National Association of Mental Health Administration, Spring, 1992, with Christian Stephens, MS, FAMHA.
From Dualism to Integration: The Consolidation of Services for Persons With Dual Diagnoses, Psychosocial Rehabilitation Journal, October, 1991, with Barbara Inderlin, CISW.
Workplace Democracy: Effecting Social Change Through Management Practice, Resources - Newsletter of the Human Resource Association of the Northeast, Fall, 1991.
Lesley College, Cambridge MA, 1989