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Joan Beasley

Research Professor
Research Professor
Phone: (603) 228-2084
Office: Institute on Disability, 10 West Edge Drive, Durham, NH 03824

Joan B Beasley, PhD, is a licensed mental health counselor with a Masters degree in community mental health counseling from Northeastern University and has a Ph.D. in Social Policy from the Heller School at Brandeis University. Dr. Beasley's work spans over four decades, with the first funded study of the START model published in 1999. She currently serves as a Research Professor and Director of the National Research Consortium in IDD-MH at NCSS, and is Principal Investigator and Co-Investigator on several research grants. Dr. Beasley also teaches master workshops on the START model and IDD-MH professional development courses, in addition to presentations at forums across the U.S. and abroad, and is the author of numerous peer reviewed publications. In addition to the START model, Dr. Beasley has provided technical support to state policy makers for over 20 years and currently conducts state sponsored systems of care analyses and technical support as part of her work at NCSS. Dr. Beasley enjoys sailing on the Charles River, plays guitar and the uke, sings, and loves to cycle.


  • Ph.D., Admin/Plan/Soc Pol, Brandeis University
  • M.Ed., Northeastern University
  • B.A., City University of New York

Research Interests

  • Mental Health Services
  • Emotional/Mental Health--Child/Adolescent
  • Community Health
  • Developmental Disabilities
  • Crisis decision making
  • Crisis Counseling
  • Social Welfare Planning/Policy

Selected Publications

  • Kalb, L. G., Kramer, J. M., Goode, T. D., Black, S. J., Klick, S., Caoili, A., . . . Beasley, J. B. (2023). Evaluation of telemental health services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities: protocol for a randomized non-inferiority trial.. BMC Health Serv Res, 23(1), 795. doi:10.1186/s12913-023-09663-6

  • Kramer, J. M., Guerrero, F., Caoili, A., Beasley, J. B., Kalb, L., Klein, A., & Goode, T. D. (2023). Telehealth information and communication technology access for family caregivers of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and mental health needs.. Disabil Health J, 16(3), 101463. doi:10.1016/j.dhjo.2023.101463

  • Kramer, J. M., Beasley, J. B., Caoili, A., Kalb, L., Urquilla, M. P., Klein, A. E., . . . Tessler, R. C. (2023). Development and content validity of the Person Experiences Interview Survey (PEIS): a measure of the mental health services experiences of people with developmental disabilities.. Front Psychiatry, 14, 1271210. doi:10.3389/fpsyt.2023.1271210

  • Schwartz, A. E., Caoili, A., Beasley, J. B., Kramer, J. M., & Kalb, L. G. (2022). Clinical applications of the VIA Inventory of Strengths with Individuals with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities. JOURNAL OF POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY. doi:10.1080/17439760.2022.2036797

  • Wise, E., Holingue, C., Klein, A., Caoili, A., Charlot, L., Barnhill, J., & Beasley, J. B. (2022). Psychiatric Presentations and Medication Use in Older Adults With Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF GERIATRIC PSYCHIATRY, 30(1), 65-77. doi:10.1016/j.jagp.2021.05.022

  • McLaren, J. L., Lichtenstein, J. D., Metcalfe, J. D., Charlot, L. R., Drake, R. E., & Beasley, J. B. (2021). Psychotropic Use Among Youths With Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. PSYCHIATRIC SERVICES, 72(9), 988-997. doi:10.1176/

  • Beasley, J. B., Kalb, L., & Klein, A. (2018). Improving Mental Health Outcomes for Individuals With Intellectual Disability Through the Iowa START (I-START) Program. JOURNAL OF MENTAL HEALTH RESEARCH IN INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES, 11(4), 287-300. doi:10.1080/19315864.2018.1504362

  • Grisel, J. E., Beasley, J. B., Bertram, E. C., Decker, B. E., Duan, C. A., Etuma, M., . . . Whitmire, M. P. (2014). Initial subjective reward: single-exposure conditioned place preference to alcohol in mice. FRONTIERS IN NEUROSCIENCE, 8. doi:10.3389/fnins.2014.00345

  • Charlot, L., & Beasley, J. B. (2013). Intellectual Disabilities and Mental Health: United States-Based Research. JOURNAL OF MENTAL HEALTH RESEARCH IN INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES, 6(2), 74-105. doi:10.1080/19315864.2012.715724

  • Beasley, J. B. (2004). Importance of training and expertise to assess "what works" for individuals with intellectual disabilities. MENTAL RETARDATION, 42(5), 405-406. doi:10.1352/0047-6765(2004)422.0.CO;2

  • Most Cited Publications