Dr. Tara Chalakani Recognized with DEI Award at NJAMHAA Annual Meeting 

Dr. Tara Chalakani Recognized with DEI Award at NJAMHAA Annual Meeting 


LAKEWOOD—Dr, Tara Chalakani, Chief Executive Officer, Preferred Behavioral Health Group, was presented with a Transformational Leadership in DEI Award by New Jersey Association of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies Inc. (NJAMHAA) at their Annual Membership Meeting this week.


“As a board member of NJAMHAA, I’m thrilled to be part of their transformative work in advocating for increased access to behavioral health and addiction services for all New Jerseyans,” said Dr. Tara Chalakani. “I’m humbled to be recognized for increasing diversity, equality, and inclusion in our industry, and I will continue working to ensure every individual has an equal opportunity to reach his or her full potential.”


NJAMHAA highlighted advocacy achievements and recognized several individuals whose significant contributions helped make NJAMHAA’s impact possible during the Annual Membership Meeting, “Transformational Leadership…with Powerful Results.”



As the CEO of Preferred Behavioral Health Group, Dr. Tara is a proud Latina that leads a dynamic and diverse organization that provides comprehensive and compassionate behavioral health services and substance use services to individuals and communities across the lifespan in New Jersey. She has a growth-minded and strategic vision for improving the quality, accessibility, and affordability of care, while fostering a trauma-informed and stigma-free culture within and beyond her organization. Dr. Tara is a seasoned clinician, educator, public speaker, and podcast co-host with over 30 years of expansive experience in the healthcare field. She holds a Doctor of Psychology degree from Walden University, with a specialization in Behavioral Health Leadership. She is also an Associate Professor at Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine, a member of Forbes Nonprofit Council, a member of CHIEF, a network for women leaders, and an Approved Clinical Supervisor by NBCC.



Preferred Behavioral Health Group (PBHG) is at the forefront of behavioral healthcare in New Jersey, offering comprehensive services since 1978. Committed to fostering healing and hope, PBHG provides top-tier mental health, substance use, and prevention services with a focus on trauma-informed care and inclusivity. With a dedication to innovation and personalized care, PBHG empowers individuals, families, and communities to embrace well-being and attain optimal mental wellness. Explore PBHG’s transformative programs and services, grounded in trauma-informed care practices, at preferredbehavioral.org.


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