Mary Jane England's career includes a variety of leadership roles in the field of mental health services, administration, and education. As a psychiatrist, Dr. England has been especially interested in women's issues and family policy. Witnessing the campaigns for social and economic rights for women, minorities, and the poor in the 1960s and 1970s, Dr. England responded to these issues through her work in community, public health services, and mental health.
Born in 1938 in Boston, Massachusetts, Mary Jane England earned her bachelor of arts degree from Regis College, Weston, Massachusetts, in 1959, and graduated from Boston University School of Medicine in 1964 as a member of Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society. She did her internship at Framingham Union Hospital, and did residencies in psychiatry at University Hospital in Boston, and at Mount Zion Hospital in San Francisco from 1965 to 1967, completing residencies in child and adolescent psychiatry at Boston University-Boston City Hospital Child Guidance Clinic from 1967 to 1969.
From her early position as director of child psychiatry at St. Elizabeth's Hospital, Brighton, Massachusetts from 1969 to 1972, she proceeded to a succession of appointments in public health, including commissioner of Massachusetts Department of Social Services, Boston from 1979 to 1983, associate dean and director of Master of Public Administration Program at Harvard University from 1983 to 1987, and program director, of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Mental Health Services Program for Youth from 1988 to 1997. She is currently president of Regis College, her alma mater.
Dr. England has served on a number of public and nonprofit boards in the fields of mental health and public health, including task forces and work groups for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institute of Mental Health, and the Department of Health and Human Services' Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration . In 2001 she was chair of the National Advisory Mental Health Council's Work Group on Child and Adolescent Mental Health Intervention, Development, and Deployment, which produced the document Blueprint for Change: Research on Child and Adolescent Mental Health. She now serves on the task force for mental health chaired by Rosalynn Carter at the Carter Center.
Dr. England is a member of the Coordinating Council of the Coalition for Healthier Cities and Communities in the United States, National Academy of Sciences, National Science Foundation International, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Advisory Committee, among others, and serves on dozens of boards of professional organizations, including the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the American College of Psychiatrists, the American Medical Women's Association, and the American Psychiatric Association, Inc., of which she was president from 1995 to 1996.
Dr. England is now president of Regis College is Weston, Massachusetts. She believes in the primary role of family and continues to advocate for women's rights and responsibilities in the contemporary world.