B. Jaye Anno Award of Excellence in Communication


This award pays tribute to innovative, well-executed communications that have had a positive impact on the field of correctional health care, or to individuals for bodies of work. The award is named after NCCHC’s cofounder and first vice president.

Sharen Barboza, PhD, CCHP-MH

Sharen BarbozaFor communications that have advanced the field of correctional health care

Sharen Barboza is a licensed clinical psychologist, a fierce advocate for incarcerated individuals with mental

illness, a champion for improved systems and a self-proclaimed “believer in the standards.” Throughout her career, she has worked with the most marginalized populations and tackled the toughest issues head-on.

As vice president of mental health for MHM/Centurion, Dr. Barboza monitors the care and treatment provided to mentally ill inmates in several state correctional systems and large Opening Ceremony an dAwards 25 county jails. She supervises the clinical operations team; develops training curricula for mental health, medical and corrections professionals; and creates therapeutic programs for special populations.

She is sought after as a speaker on topics including personality disorders, trauma-informed care, self-injury, continuous quality improvement and the NCCHC Mental Health Standards, which she helped to draft as a member of the Mental Health Task Force. She is consistently rated as one of the most popular speakers at NCCHC conferences. Her research has appeared in several peer-reviewed journals, and she serves on the editorial board for the International Journal of Prisoner Health.

Dr. Barboza is a strong supporter of the Certified Correctional Health Professional program and has served on its board of trustees. She sits on the CCHP-MH task force, helped develop the CCHP-MH specialty exam, taught content review courses for CCHP-MH and spearheaded an MHM policy to cover exam fees for their employees.

She is an integral part of NCCHC’s national response plan for suicide prevention, contributing her deep knowledge of the topic and her experience using outcomes measurements to create evidence-based mental health practices.

Before joining MHM/Centurion in 2007, Dr. Barboza served as psychologist at a maximum security women’s prison and chief psychologist at a maximum security psychiatric hospital. She earned her PhD in clinical psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Unlike many people who fall into correctional health care, Dr. Barboza always knew that it was the profession for her. “It’s all I’ve ever wanted to do,” she says.