Deborah Jean Parsons, PhD

Director of Integrated Care
Aspire Health Alliance
Dr. Parsons is an experienced professional in the fields of children’s mental health, social services, and healthcare in Massachusetts. She is a graduate of Boston College and the Heller School at Brandeis University, where she completed her research and dissertation on children’s mental health services in 2012. Dr. Parsons has worked for over 25 years in program design, operation, and management—having developed and run two innovative models of service delivery for children, youth, and families. She’s served as a consultant for the Association for Behavioral Healthcare and as adjunct faculty at Quincy College, Lasell College, and the University of Massachusetts at Boston. From 2015 – 2017, Dr. Parsons successfully implemented a $3,500,000 Community Hospital Acceleration, Revitalization, and Transformation grant from the Health Policy Commission to reduce hospital utilization for high-cost, high-need patients. She is currently leading two Community Partner programs in the Massachusetts Medicaid Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment program. Community Partners provide high quality care coordination for adults in MassHealth who have complex physical, behavioral health, and social needs. The purpose of these programs is to integrate primary care, behavioral health services, and social resources in order to help individuals achieve healthier outcomes and community stability.