Mary Cesare-Murphy, Ph.D. served as the Executive Director of Behavioral Health Accreditation at the Joint Commission from 1990 until the beginning of June 2013. In this role she was the behavioral health product line leader responsible for tactical operations including product develop and strategic planning. Dr. Cesare-Murphy served as the Joint Commission liaison to national behavioral health professional and provider associations.
Throughout her career she has served on numerous national task forces and work groups including: The American College of Mental Health Administration policy white paper From Policy to Service: A Quality Vision for Behavioral Health; The National Suicide Prevention Resource Center steering committee; a reviewer for the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration Science and Service Awards honoring Opioid Treatment Programs and Office-Based Opioid Treatment Providers; and as an elected member of the American Psychological Association Task Force on Serious Mental Illness/Serious Emotional Disturbance.
Immediately prior to joining the Joint Commission, Dr. Cesare-Murphy was Associate Professor of Psychology at St. Xavier University and served as a Joint Commission surveyor for the Behavioral Healthcare program. She also provided consultation, technical assistance and staff training services in array of Behavioral Health settings including hospitals, community mental health centers, residential treatment centers for children and youth, and substance abuse treatment programs.
Dr. Cesare-Murphy is a licensed clinical psychologist and a member of the American Psychological Association and National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology and the American College of Mental Health Administration. She received her Ph.D. in psychology from Texas Tech University.