Barbara Ryan, Ph.D., Chief Executive Offer of Mental Health Partners, (MHP), is a licensed clinical psychologist who received her Ph.D. from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She completed a year of post-doctoral work in Child Development and Child Psychopathology at the JFK Child Development Center at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. Dr. Ryan was Director of Child and Adolescent Services for Mental Health Partners from 1999 to 2004. She has been CEO of MHP since 2004, emphasizing strategic planning built on collaboration and partnership among human service agencies to integrate both services and planning for the benefit of people who are served.
Dr. Ryan is the current President of Colorado Behavioral Healthcare Council, beginning April 2011. In 2009, Governor Ritter appointed Dr. Ryan to the Board of Directors for the Center for Improving Value in Health Care (CIVHC). CIVHC brings together a diverse constituency of consumers, providers, payers, businesses and policy makers to work together to improve value across the entire health care system.