WALTHAM, MA | February 4, 2014
EDC President Luther Luedtke has announced that Bradley Karlin, PhD, will join EDC as chief, mental health and aging, in its Health and Human Development division. The division focuses on improving mental, behavioral, physical, and social health across the continuum from health promotion to disease prevention, early intervention, treatment, and care.
Karlin has had national responsibility for developing, implementing, and evaluating mental health programs in evidence-based psychotherapy and psychogeriatrics in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) as part of the transformation of the VA mental health care system. With a strong interest in dissemination of evidence-based practices to community settings and in geriatric mental health care, he will lead initiatives to expand EDC’s health portfolio by addressing needs and disparities in the mental health services available to an aging population.
Karlin comes to EDC after nearly a decade as the national mental health director for Psychotherapy and Psychogeriatrics at the Veteran’s Health Administration in Washington, D.C. There, he oversaw the nation’s largest dissemination of evidence-based psychotherapies to address a range of mental and behavioral health problems, including posttraumatic stress disorder, depression, substance abuse, and insomnia. He also worked to expand and innovate geriatric mental health programs, including developing national initiatives to integrate mental health providers in all 130+ VA Home-Based Primary Care teams and VA nursing homes.
At EDC, Karlin will build a portfolio to promote mental health care and disseminate evidence-based practices through public and private health care systems. This work is seen as critical given the need to prepare for upcoming changes and increased demand for mental health services as a result of the Affordable Care Act.
Karlin received his MS and PhD in clinical psychology from Texas A&M University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in geropsychology at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System. He is an adjunct associate professor at Johns Hopkins University and a fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA). He has published extensively and co-authored several psychotherapy manuals. Karlin is the recipient of many national awards, including the Outstanding Administrator Award from the VA Section of the Division of Psychologists in Public Service of APA.
Karlin will be based at EDC’s New York City office.
Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC), is a global nonprofit organization that creates learning opportunities for people around the world, empowering them to pursue healthier, more productive lives. EDC manages 250 projects in 30 countries. EDC’s Health and Human Development division focuses on improving mental, behavioral, physical, and social health across the continuum from health promotion to disease prevention, early intervention, treatment, and care. Visit www.edc.org.