The Nexus Story

The nexus

The Nexus Story


NEXUS (Neuroscience Experts and Cross-Sector Unconventional Stakeholders) has identified a set of unmet mental health needs for women, youth, and individuals coming in contact with the justice system. To address these unmet needs, NEXUS is partnering with a broad, diverse range of mental health stakeholders to energize the traditional mental health conversation.

We’re working with traditional and nontraditional mental health stakeholders, namely, those who are not typically associated with mental health, but who have mental health experience and insights. This includes law enforcement officers, prison administrators, parents, community center volunteers, women’s health professionals, and student-facing professionals, to name a few. Our stakeholders are all in it together to fulfill the NEXUS vision to bring innovative solutions to the front lines of mental health.

The Current Mental Health Landscape

We Need a Better Future for Mental Health


  • Too few mental health professionals
  • Fragmented ecosystem with lack of continuity of care
  • Key stakeholders unengaged and/or ill-equipped
  • Need for greater awareness
  • Diagnoses are untimely or nonexistent


A broader, empowered, and highly connected stakeholder ecosystem that embraces innovation in care and treatment.


Beth Battaglino
Beth Battaglino RN-C

President and Chief
Executive Officer

Jessica Edwards
Jessica Edwards

Director, External Relations National Alliance on Mental Illness

Rakesh Jain, MD, MPH
Rakesh Jain, MD, MPH

Psychiatrist and Clinical Professor of Psychiatry
Texas Tech University School of Medicine

Saundra Jain, MA, PsyD, LPC
Saundra Jain, MA, PsyD, LPC

Psychotherapist and Adjunct Clinical Affiliate,
The University of Texas at Austin, School of Nursing

Karli Keator, MPH
Karli Keator, MPH

National Center for Youth Opportunity and Justice

Susan Lockwood Roberts, EdD
Susan Lockwood Roberts, EdD

Past President
Correctional Education Association (CEA)

Theresa Nguyen, LCSW
Theresa Nguyen, LCSW

Vice President of Policy and Programs
Mental Health America

Joe Pyle
Joe Pyle

Scattergood Foundation

Christopher Seeley, MSW
Christopher Seeley, MSW

Program Director, School and Justice Initiatives
American Psychiatric Association (APA) Foundation

Hannah Zeller, MSW
Hannah Zeller, MSW

Programs Manager
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance

Gabe Howard
Gabe Howard

Speaker & Author
Host of Healthline Media's Inside Mental Health podcast


  • Healthy Women
  • Correctional Education Association
  • Department and Bipolar Support Alliance
  • Scattergood Foundation
  • Dementia Action Alliance
  • American Medical Women's Association
  • Caregiver Action Network
  • National alliance for Caregiving
  • Mental Health America
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness
  • American Psychiatric Association Foundation