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Connie Hadley, PhD, lecturer in the Management and Organizations Department at Boston University’s Questrom School of Business, and Nicholas Zeppos, JD, chancellor emeritus and distinguished university professor of law and political science at Vanderbilt University, joined McLean Hospital’s Board of Trustees in July. Both Hadley and Zeppos cited their personal interests in mental health, professional backgrounds, and McLean’s reputation as an outstanding institution as reasons for their involvement.
Hadley said her interest in mental health developed through personal experience with members of her own family, as well as her work in academia.
“Unfortunately, I see firsthand the rising tide of mental health concerns in student populations, especially undergraduates, in my faculty role,” said Hadley. “As a board member, I hope to support McLean’s efforts to meet the needs of adolescents and young adults so that fewer of them experience serious mental health issues in the future.”
Previously, as a management consultant at McKinsey, Hadley worked with leadership teams at Fortune 500 companies to improve their strategy, operations, and talent management processes. Currently, as an organizational psychologist, she studies and teaches topics such as leadership, teamwork, and negotiations. Her most recent research demonstrates how teams can engage successfully, even while some or all members are remote. She has research underway about loneliness at work, which has been a growing problem during the pandemic.
“I hope that my understanding of these and other workplace topics can be useful to McLean as a board member,” Hadley said. “I admire the approach that McLean takes to mental health and the extraordinary effort everyone is putting in. I’m grateful for the chance to contribute directly.”
Nicholas Zeppos, JD, said his interest in science, research, and the “bench-to-bedside” discoveries and treatment that are part of McLean’s mission drew him to serve on the hospital’s board. He added that McLean’s “status as the top-ranked stand-alone psychiatric hospital in the U.S. and the way it prioritizes the treatment of mental health issues” were compelling.
Like Hadley, Zeppos witnessed people in his life struggle with mental health challenges and access to treatment—members of his own family, as well as Vanderbilt’s faculty, staff, students, and their families.
“It just was really stunning to me that so many people have encountered it in their lives,” he said.
Vanderbilt has invested hundreds of millions of dollars to become a leader in neuroscience research. Zeppos served as chancellor at the university from 2008-2019, where he helped lead GO THERE, a campus-wide campaign to foster a culture of openness, reflection, and dialogue about mental health at the university. During his tenure, he appointed a committee to review all campus mental health resources and identify any changes necessary to reduce stigma around these services.
Zeppos plans to bring his experience in those realms to his work on McLean’s board.
“I’ve learned that the difference you make is by empowering and supporting, in every way, the people who do the hard work that makes a difference in the lives of others: the collective of care providers, nurses, psychologists, and physicians. I feel very lucky to have this opportunity.”
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