Center for Behavioral Health Innovation (BHI)

Center For Research on Psychological Practice

The Center for Behavioral Health Innovation (BHI), formerly known as The Center for Research on Psychological Practice (CROPP), embodies Antioch University New England’s commitment to bridging the science and practice communities through community service. The Department of Clinical Psychology of Antioch University New England (AUNE) established the Center for Behavioral Health Innovation (BHI) to address emerging educational aspects of doctoral training in clinical psychology that are not regularly included within the usual professional psychology curriculum those relevant to applied clinical research and evaluation skills and the associated administrative, consultative, and policy-creation roles of doctoral level psychologists. BHI’s expertise involves engaging community partners healthcare, human service, and governmental organizations ; in learning about and improving their practices through knowledge translation, external facilitation, and evaluation services. Since its inception in 1996, BHI has partnered with community service agencies and caregivers throughout New England. The development of this kind of research center, particularly within the context of a doctoral program in clinical psychology, is, to the best of our knowledge, unique to AUNE.


Improve the practices and well being of communities and their citizens, through knowledge translation, external facilitation, and evaluation.


  • Work conjointly with practitioners, policymakers, researchers, communities, and citizens to solve problems and improve services, thereby enhancing lives.
  • Use knowledge translation, formative evaluation, and external facilitation to create health and human service learning systems, thereby improving the full range of mental and behavioral health, substance, and wellness services in community settings.
  • Prepare doctoral students in clinical psychology and other fields to face thorny, transdisciplinary challenges and change the world.

Core Values and Beliefs

  • We are committed to improving the health and well being of the recipients and providers of health and human services in underserved community settings.
  • We believe that health care systems are most effectively improved from the ground up  via action-oriented research that prioritizes the needs of the practice community, and that promotes systematic learning systems in behavioral healthcare environments.
  • We believe that successful practice-policy-research relationships are characterized by mutual engagement and trust, multidisciplinary collaboration, egalitarian power structures, and a co-learning orientation.

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