Richard H. Beinecke DPA, ACSW
Professor, Institute for Public Service & Healthcare Department
Suffolk University, Sawyer Business School


After the two explosions at the 2013 Boston Marathon, many articles in professional journals put an emphasis on the actual bombing, the heroic actions taken by the first responders to administer first aid to the injured, the health services provided to save their lives, the events that led to the killing of one of the bombers, and the capture of the second one. Richard Beinecke’s previous study showed how area providers had an effective mental health response in the immediate aftermath of the bombing.

However, few studies have been conducted or published on the short- and long-term mental health needs of survivors, the services that were provided to them, and the variety of ways in which, over the years since, many have recovered from the tragedy. Professor Beinecke’s study, recently published in the International Journal of Mental Health, looks at the mental health needs of the survivors, their resilience, and the formal and informal supports that contributed to their healing over time.

Richard H. Beinecke is Professor, Institute for Public Service & Healthcare Departments, Suffolk University, Sawyer Business School where he teaches graduate MPA and MHA courses on U.S. Health Policy, Global Health, and Leadership.

Rick has been a mental health and disability researcher since 1992, most recently and currently on mental health response to the Boston bombings. He has been a social worker since 1973 serving in clinical and management positions in several community mental health centers and in health management positions at Harvard Community Health Plan. Since coming to Suffolk in 1992, for over ten years, he was the principle evaluator of the Massachusetts Behavioral Health Program, was the co-principle evaluator of the Ryan White Title I HIV/AIDS programs in the Boston EMA, and conducted a variety of other studies on services for people with disabilities and mental health issues. He is a member and presenter, in the Mental Health and Emergency Medical Services and Disaster Preparedness sections, American Public Health Association.

Recent relevant publications include:

  • Beinecke, R.H. (Summer 2014). Addressing the mental health needs of victims and responders to the Boston marathon bombings. International Journal of Mental Health 43(2)
  • Beinecke, R.H., Cisse, M., Raymond, A.M., Renna, K., Khan, S., Fuller, A., Crawford, K. (2017). The mental health response to the Boston bombing: a three year review. International Journal of Mental Health. Taylor and Francis On Line.
  • Beinecke, R. H. (April 17, 2017). Honoring the Community That Helped Heal Boston. WBUR Cognoscenti.
  • Dumas, C. and Beinecke, R.H. (Eds.) 2015. Change Leadership. London: Sage. Volume I is Theoretical Foundations of Change Leadership, II is Change Leadership-Research and Theory, and III is The Emerging Edge of Change Leadership


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