Stuart Koman, Ph.D.
President and CEO
Stuart Koman, Ph.D. is a founder and the Chief Executive of Walden Behavioral Care and its non-profit sister corporation, the Walden Center for Education and Research.
Dr. Koman is a veteran health care manager with more than 30 years of experience leading and developing several behavioral health care companies.
While all of these companies have become successful businesses under his
leadership, Dr. Koman attributes much of this success to another common theme: they have all taken seriously their mission of providing innovative, compassionate and coordinated services to previously under served populations and families.
Walden Behavioral Care
is the most recent example as it has quickly become the leading provider of services for individuals with eating disorders in New England through its multi-level, multi-site system of care.
In the nine year period 2003-2012, Walden
has become a state of the art system of care providing some 40,000 service units annually at its primary campus in Waltham (MA) and satellite centers in Braintree (MA), Worcester (MA), Northampton (MA) and South Windsor, Connecticut.
Dr. Koman began his professional career in 1985 when he was appointed senior clinician and then Director of Adolescent Programs at Charles River Hospital (CRH) in Wellesley, MA. Over the next 10 years (1985 to 1996), he led two companies in achieving significant clinical and business outcomes.
The first company, Charles River Management (CRHM), a subsidiary of CRH, grew out of the work of Dr. Koman
and others in developing innovative treatment models for adolescents in hospital settings.
colleagues were among the first to recognize the central importance of the family in treatment program design.
Many of these and related ideas were published in the Handbook of Adolescents and Family Therapy, an effort in which Dr. Koman wrote several chapters and served as co-editor.
In 1990, Dr. Koman co-founded the managed health care company, Choate Health Systems, Inc. (CHSI).
Similar to the approach at Charles River
provided integrated delivery of behavioral health care through a full continuum of treatment services operating under one administration.
As this model proved highly adaptive in the emerging world of managed care, Choate
expanded rapidly, and this led to the formation of Choate Health Management, Inc.
(CHMI) and Choate Psychiatric Associates, P.C.
Having successfully managed the transition in health care reimbursement approaches, Dr. Koman was asked to assist the profession of psychology to do the same and subsequently served on the Governing Board of the American Psychological Association's practice division from 1992-2000.
After leaving Choate in 1995, Dr. Koman started Koman Associates, a firm that focuses on leaders and leadership issues in government, health care and business.
At the same time, Dr. Koman served as Senior Clinical Adviser for Public Consulting Group providing strategic planning and systems re-engineering to state agencies throughout the United States.
involvement with both of these organizations albeit on a much reduced basis once Walden was established in 2003.
Dr. Koman earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Trinity College and his Ph.D. from Duke University.