Meet the dedicated team of the Center for Workplace Mental Health.
Betsy Schwartz, M.S.W.
Director, Center for Workplace Mental Health
Betsy Schwartz drives the advancement of mental health by working with organizations and philanthropists to build or expand their capacity to grow evidence-based mental health services. Her exemplary career enables her to facilitate scaling an organizational infrastructure to bring initiatives and public policy into action and to expand their programs. This includes assessment of human and financial resources, design options and business models and culminates in optimal strategies. External strategy includes the exploration of partnerships, influencer support, and revenue sources.
Schwartz draws upon her years of mental health experience at the local, state, and national levels. As a leader in mental health public policy, she has a track record of designing and implementing legislative action. As CEO of a nonprofit organization, she has practical knowledge for mobilizing board members, empowering professional teams, and garnering private funding.
Schwartz has demonstrated the power of community engagement to solve complex problems. Noteworthy examples of this work resulted in the creation of the first ever mental health unit in the Houston Police Department and a multi-year stakeholder consensus building strategy that transformed the Houston juvenile justice system. Schwartz has a hands-on understanding of how to respond to mental health issues including crisis care, maternal mental health, public awareness initiatives.
On a national level, as Vice President of Public Education at the National Council for Wellbeing she led the expansion of Mental Health First Aid (MHFA). MHFA is a public education program taught throughout the USA and in 30 countries.
She is a Senior Fellow with the Harvard University Advanced Leadership Institute and a Senior Fellow of the American Leadership Forum and WK Kellogg Foundation National Leadership Alliance. Among her numerous awards, Schwartz received the Houston Psychological Association’s Public Citizen of the Year and the Houston Chronicle Women on the Move. Her volunteer work includes membership on multiple local and state boards of directors and President of the Board of the Houston Coalition for the Homeless. She has a Masters in Social Work Administration from the University of Houston and a Bachelor’s of Science from University of Denver.
Associate Director, Center for Workplace Mental Health
American Psychiatric Association Foundation
Emma Jellen is the Associate Director for the Center for Workplace Mental Health at the American Psychiatric Association Foundation where she develops innovative, high impact web-based educational content and resources for employers to advance workplace mental health. Emma builds external relationships with corporate leaders, and produces the Center’s monthly Mental Health Works publication.
Prior to her current role, Ms. Jellen was the Program Manager for the American Psychiatric Association’s (APA) Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative (TCPI) Support and Alignment Network (SAN) Grant awarded by CMS. Over the 4-year grant period, the APA more than exceeded its goal for the Support and Alignment Network, training over 3,500 psychiatrists in the collaborative care – and worked with Practice Transformation Networks (PTNs) to provide resources and technical assistance for implementation of the model. In that role, Ms. Jellen managed trainings, and coordinated with outside agencies, partnering organizations, and PTNs in promoting the Collaborative Care Model.
Prior to joining the APA, Ms. Jellen served as the Director of Communications and Member Relations for the DC Hospital Association (DCHA), where she focused her efforts on hospital-wide population health and value-based purchasing initiatives and programming for DCHA’s 14 hospital members. To date, Ms. Jellen has worked for several healthcare non-profit associations, including the Coalition to Transform Advanced Care (C-TAC) and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). Ms. Jellen found her passion for mental health policy working early in her career at the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) as Policy Associate in the department of Government Affairs and Clinical Practice.
Ms. Jellen earned a B.A. in psychology from Clemson University.
Shayla Gerity joined the American Psychiatric Association Foundation in 2022 as Program Manager for the Center for Workplace Mental Health. In her prior role, Shayla was a Well-being Specialist with Adventist Healthcare in Maryland. Her primary role was designing and implementing well-being programs for the hospital staff across three regional hospitals. In past roles, Shayla has worked as both a government and private contractor working in the Employee Health field. Shayla earned her B.S. in Kinesiology at Penn State University.