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 researches the use of exhibits to transform society's attitudes about,

and understanding of, mental health. 

The Project seeks to:

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

  • Facilitate collaboration among artists, curators, exhibit designers, mental health professionals, people with lived experience, and others who seek to share knowledge.

  • Inspire the development of a national museum of mental health that is a museum-without-walls. This may take the form of a new nonprofit entity, or emerge organically from vigorous collaboration and sharing of know-how.


The Project extends from a research fellowship at Assumption University. 

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