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Naomi Ruth Cohen Institute announces new Executive Director

Kate Mahoney, M.S.W. to lead mental health institute housed at The Chicago School

(CHICAGO) (JANUARY 31, 2017) The Naomi Ruth Cohen Institute for Mental Health Education (NRCI) at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is pleased to announce the selection of Kate Mahoney, M.S.W., as its new executive director. NRCI, housed at The Chicago School, works to overcome the stigma of mental illness by offering mental health education, trainings, and presentations to the greater Chicago-land community and by supporting organizations engaged in mental illness research, education, self-help, anti-discrimination and advocacy.

A licensed clinical social worker with more than 30 years of experience in behavioral health, Mahoney comes to NRCI after having served as executive director of PEER Services, a non-profit behavioral health organization that provides community-based substance abuse prevention and treatment services to residents of the North Shore suburbs and Chicago’s north side.

“Kate Mahoney is the perfect choice for the role of executive director,” said Tiffany Masson, Psy.D., campus dean, Chicago Campus, The Chicago School. “She has spent her career being a vocal advocate for reducing the stigma that for too long has prevented individuals impacted by mental illness from accessing mental health services. She has been lauded for her numerous contributions to the fields of mental and behavioral health, and I’m excited to be working with her.”

“It is tragic to see how many individuals and families suffer in silence with untreated mental health needs because of the stigma that is much too prevalent in our culture,” Mahoney said.  “NRCI is committed to reducing this stigma and building support for people as they take the courageous steps of reaching out for help and working to be actively engaged in their communities.”

In 2013, Mahoney was awarded the prestigious national Nyswander/Dole Award for her leadership in addressing the opioid epidemic. She has received two awards from the Illinois Association for Behavioral Health, and was the 2010 recipient of the Mental Health America – North Shore Community Service Award. She completed her master’s in Social Work at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and earned her bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Women’s Studies from Northwestern University.

“I am inspired by the words of The Chicago School President Dr. Michele Nealon, when she stated ‘there is no health without mental health.’ This will be my mantra as I work to carry out the mission of NRCI,” said Mahoney.

About NRCI

The Naomi Ruth Cohen Institute for Mental Health Education’s goal is to overcome the stigma of mental illness. The Institute promotes educational programs and supports organizations engaged in mental illness research, education, self-help, anti-discrimination and advocacy. The institute annually plans, promotes and underwrites a Community Mental Health Conference. The Conference — open to professionals and members of the public — addresses critical mental health issues. This year’s conference, “Raising Resilient Children: Prioritizing Their Mental Health” will be held June 4, 2017. To learn more, visit

About The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Founded in 1979, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TCSPP) is a nonprofit, private university devoted exclusively to psychology, and related behavioral and health sciences. The Chicago School is an affiliate of TCS Education System, a nonprofit system of colleges advancing student success and community impact. The university serves nearly 4,300 students across campuses in Chicago; Southern California (Los Angeles and Irvine); and Washington, D.C., as well as through online programs. Our San Diego Campus will open in fall 2017.The Chicago School is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission, (WSCUC), and its Clinical Psychology Doctoral programs in Chicago and Washington, D.C. are accredited by the American Psychological Association. With more than 20 graduate degree programs, thousands of hours of real-world training, and a wealth of international opportunities, TCSPP is the leader in professional psychology education. To learn more, visit

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Pictured above: Kate Mahoney, M.S.W., executive director, NRCI.

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