About Our Research:

The NMMH Project extends from the work of two researchers, Alexandra P. Orlandi and Paul M. Piwko at Assumption University in Worcester, Massachusetts. Piwko teaches at the College and Orlandi is a 2019 Psychology graduate. Together they received a summer research fellowship in 2018. Their research: 

  1. investigates a nascent trend – the use of exhibits, in museums and other settings, to develop mental health literacy and to advance societal attitudes about, and understanding of, mental health and wellness

  2. develops collaborative operating and business models that are capable of extending the above-described trend nationally


The NMMH Project seeks to “broadcast and communicate” the above research, as well as the research and exhibit-development innovations of others. 


The National Museum of Mental Health Project, Inc. is a nonprofit organization and “museum without walls” that researches and creates exhibitions that can transform society’s attitudes about, and understanding of, mental health. Through the development of online exhibits, NMMHP does what museums do best – educate, interpret, advance dialogue, and develop literacy on the topic of mental health. 


The Project seeks to:

  • Develop and display exhibitions by facilitating collaboration among artists, curators, mental health professionals, people with lived experience, and others who seek to share talents and knowledge.

  • Share research related to exhibits about mental health and wellness.

  • Build alliances with community, local, and national not-for-profit, for-profit, governmental, and educational entities who are similarly interested in creating positive mental health outcomes.

  • Develop a national museum of mental health.

The Project extends from a research fellowship at Assumption University.