As a Psychiatrist, Clinical Professor of Health Law, Policy & Management, a businesswoman, a nationally regarded thought leader and member of both the 180 Board and 180 Clinical Advisory Board, Dr. Mary Jane England advises the leadership in the nuances of public health policy and mental health services. Dr. England is currently a Professor of Health Policy & Management at the Boston University School of Public Health.
Dr. England is a child psychiatrist trained in adult psychiatry at Boston University Hospital and at Mount Zion in San Francisco. She also received training in child psychiatry at Boston City Hospital. After that she worked in the neighborhoods of Boston. In the mid- 1970s, she was appointed Associate Commissioner of the Department of Mental Health in Massachusetts. After 5 years, she was appointed Commissioner of Social Services, a new state agency in Massachusetts for children and families.
Following her 10 years in state government, Dr. England joined the faculty at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, where she was Associate Dean and Director of the Mid-Career Master in Public Administration Program. From academia she went to the Prudential Insurance Company of America as National Vice-President of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, responsible for policy and program development for 25 million Americans.
In 1990 she was recruited to serve as president of the Washington Business Group. The Washington Business Group on Health is national nonprofit health policies group whose membership includes the nation’s largest employers, mostly from the private sector, such as International Business Machines, Chrysler, Ford Motor Company, Honeywell, and Pepsico. Some of the large public employers, such as the U.S. Postal Service and the California Public Employees Retirement System, are also members.
Dr. England is a past-president of the American Psychiatric Association (APA), the third woman to hold the position.
She has served as President of Regis College in Weston, Massachusetts from 2001 to 2011. From 1990 to 2001, she served as President of the Washington Business Group on Health. Prior to 1990, she served as Vice President of Prudential Insurance Co., Associate Dean at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, Commissioner of Social Services, and Associate Commissioner of Mental Health in Massachusetts. She also currently serves on the board of directors of NSF International and Healthways.