Community Health Programs (CHP) has named Mary A. Fierro, PhD, LICSW, as director of behavioral health for the countywide health care network. She divides her time between administrative duties and client appointments.
Fierro has most recently worked in private practice and as the clinical program manager for Medicaid members of the Fallon Health accountable care organization. Her work with Fallon focused on behavioral and medical health and social determinants of health initiatives.
She was also vice president of behavioral health services at the Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center in Worcester, a federally qualified health center similar to CHP. She also served as director of social and behavioral health and as deputy director of mental health and social services at the health center.
Earlier, she was program administrator for a child protective services center at Saint Peter’s University Hospital Center in New Jersey; she began her career as a licensed clinical social worker in private practice, school district and community center settings.
Fierro has worked as a faculty and adjunct faculty member at several colleges and universities, including University of Massachusetts Medical School and the Rutgers School of Social Work. She has been active in legislative issues impacting behavioral health care and has made many presentations on issues impacting mental health for people in under-served communities.
She has a doctorate in psychoeducational processes from Temple University; she earned her master’s degree in social work from Rutgers University. She attended Seton Hall University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology.
To make an appointment with a CHP behavioral health provider contact a CHP practice location.