Darby Penney, M.L.S.

Senior Research Associate
Darby Penney, M.L.S., a senior research associate at Advocates for Human Potential (AHP), was a qualitative researcher, trainer, and technical assistance (TA) provider whose subject matter expertise included trauma-informed approaches, peer support, homelessness, justice system involvement, and peer involvement in policy and programs. She was an award-winning leader, advocate, and writer who identified as a person with a psychiatric history. Ms. Penney led studies and projects at the national, state, and local levels, encompassing subjects such as peer support, trauma-informed practices, and homelessness. For a decade, she was director of recipient affairs at the New York State Office of Mental Health, where she brought the perspectives of people with psychiatric histories into all aspects of policymaking, program development, and evaluation. She had extensive experience in mental health policy and program development, training and technical assistance, program management, and materials development. She received her M.L.S. in reference service and library instruction from the State University of New York, Albany.










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