Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology Elects New Chairman of the Board
November 2, 2005
WEST ROXBURY, MA – Lifetime Newton resident, Peter Berenson, has been elected Chairman of the Board of Trustees at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology (MSPP). Berenson, an active board member at MSPP for more than three years, is president of CPAsset Management, Inc., an investment advisory firm, and a partner at Forman, Itzkowitz, Berenson & LaGreca, P.C., a CPA and business consulting firm.
“I am delighted that Peter agreed to accept this role, and excited for the school to have such a dedicated steward and forward thinker as its Chair” says Dr. Nicholas Covino, MSPP president. “As we continue to broaden the school’s ability to train psychologists to use their skills in arenas beyond the traditional therapeutic environment, the school will need to use its resources in creative ways. Peter’s business expertise and his keen sense of care and social responsibility will be critical leadership qualities for our next stage of growth at MSPP.” he says.
Berenson has already been instrumental in developing network of community support for MSPP by introducing community leaders to its work and mission. As a Trustee member, Peter has also developed programs for Institutional Advancement, including a major gifts program, and revised Board Governance policies in keeping with current public and governmental concerns about the ethical and open operations of both for-profit and non-profit organizations.
“I am honored to be chosen for this role at a time when MSPP is taking bold steps to convert mental illness into mental health for those who have no other access to these services,” says Berenson, referring to initiatives such as MSPP’s new Latino Mental Health Program. This program will train psychologists to care for Latinos, one of the largest and most underserved segments of the United States population. Another example, the new School Psychology program will address a national shortage in mental health providers for children. “I want to be part of making all this work,” he says.
Berenson also wants to help the school attract a more diverse student body and board membership, as well as to continue to diversify the school’s community training and educational curricula.
Berenson holds a bachelor of science in accounting and economics from Northeastern University in Boston and lives in Newton with his wife, Marsha, and daughter, Marissa.