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Meet our Interim Chief Medical Officer

Last month, Dr. Terri Harpold was named Interim Chief Medical Officer for Cardinal Innovations Healthcare. In this role, she is responsible for providing clinical leadership to the organization, setting clinical strategic goals, direction and policy and providing oversight of policy and program implementation, including continuous quality improvement activities. 

Harpold, a Board Certified Psychiatrist and Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, completed her specialty training at the Harvard Medical School Massachusetts General Hospital in 2002. She has worked with patients of all ages and has more than 15 years of clinical psychiatric and executive leadership experience in academic, community, general medical and specialized healthcare settings.
Prior to joining Cardinal Innovations, Harpold served as a Regional Medical Director for the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health. She was responsible for developing and implementing regulations, policies, and procedures for the provision of high quality mental health care across the state and for developing criteria for authorization of DMH services.

Harpold oversaw the delivery of DMH services to individuals with serious mental illness (SMI) and those with co-occurring SMI and developmental or substance use disorders in the Southeastern geographic region of Massachusetts. She provided oversight of several state hospitals, clinics, crisis stabilization units, mobile emergency response teams, residential programs, day programs, and intensive integrated community care teams in the region. Dr. Harpold served as the regional clinical authority, managing high profile, strategic clinical relationships with internal and external stakeholders. She was responsible for monitoring contracted services and created more than 20 programs improving quality of patient care and utilization of resources. She also served on the Massachusetts Statewide Task Force on Autism and on the Plymouth County Sherriff and District Attorney’s Opioid Task Force. 

Dr. Harpold received her medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University. She served as Instructor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She was awarded the Inaugural Norma Fine Faculty Research Fellowship at Harvard Medical School to investigate pediatric and adult disorders and their treatment, with a focus on multiple co-occurring psychiatric conditions. She has published numerous articles on the treatment of psychiatric disorders in journals including the American Journal of Psychiatry and Journal of Affective Disorders as senior author.
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