Worldwide, mental healthcare is on many people’s minds. Everyone knows someone touched by a mental health issue, and an rash of violent events has caused many to ask how we can better care for those who are suffering internally. Professor Richard H. Beinecke has been right at the center of efforts to research and implement best practices for mental healthcare worldwide.

Beinecke has applied public and private sector work experience in healthcare administration in his nearly two decades at Sawyer Business School, where he chairs the Institute for Public Service and teaches undergraduate and graduate classes about U.S. and global health needs and policy.

“We have a great diversity of students in our master of public administration degree and undergraduate courses – local and American professionals in mid-career, students right out of undergraduate and a growing number of global students,” he says. “They work in a wide variety of fields including government, non-profit organizations, and healthcare.”

Before coming to Suffolk, Beinecke spent 15 years as the principal evaluator of the Massachusetts Behavioral Health Partnership – which manages mental health and substance use disorder services for more than 400,000 MassHealth Members across the Commonwealth. There, he published more than a dozen articles and gave many presentations on those studies. During this period he was also a primary evaluator of the Ryan White Title I HIV/AIDS programs in the Boston area.

His primary research focus is training mental health and healthcare leaders in developed and developing countries and determining how to best implement evidence-based practices. He also volunteers in local politics and serves on multiple boards for local organizations.

“In addition to supporting Suffolk’s mission of contributing to the community, this work brings valuable and current knowledge to the classroom,” he says.


Chair of The Institute for Public Service
Professor of Public and Health Administration
Phone: 617-573-8062
Fax: 617-227-4618
Office: Sawyer Building, Rm. 1060

Areas of Expertise

  • Mental health and substance abuse
  • Managed care assessment and outcomes measurementHIV/AIDS needs and service assessment
  • Disability policy and issues
  • Policy analysis
  • International behavior


DPA, George Washington University
MA, University of Chicago
BA, Williams College; ACSW