Close School Professor Damian Salas Becomes A Contributor To Psychology Today

The Charles D. Close School of Entrepreneurship at Drexel University is proud to announce that Professor Damian Salas has joined the esteemed ranks of contributors to Psychology Today. Professor Salas’ expertise in mental health and entrepreneurship will be a valuable addition to the platform, offering insights and guidance to a wider audience.

Professor Salas brings a wealth of experience to his new role as a Psychology Today contributor. As Co-Founder of GREW and Partner at Open Minds Psychological, he is at the forefront of developing evidence-based mental health programs specifically tailored to the unique challenges faced by entrepreneurs. His passion for supporting the entrepreneurial community extends beyond GREW, as he has been instrumental in establishing it as a leading service offered by Open Minds Psychological.

“I’m excited to have the opportunity to share my knowledge and insights with a broader audience through Psychology Today,” says Professor Salas. “The intersection of entrepreneurship and psychology has a rich history, and it’s becoming increasingly important for the future of work. I hope to contribute to the larger conversation about workplace mental health in all types of workplaces, including startups, and to provide clinicians with best practices for supporting the entrepreneurial mindset in all settings.”

Professor Salas’ contributions will likely focus on the intersection of psychology and entrepreneurship. He has a long and distinguished career in the mental health field, having spent 23 years in community behavioral healthcare. Prior to joining Drexel University as a professor and the first faculty member at the Close School in 2010, he held leadership positions within the healthcare sector, including 17 years as Director of Organizational Development at Horizon House, Inc. His expertise extends beyond mental health, as Professor Salas spearheaded the digital transformation of Human Resources and the enterprise transformation to Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH) including Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and Electronic Health Records (EHR). He also served as the Founding Chair of the Philadelphia Alliance Workforce Domain for 13 years, managing the human capital strategy for over 30,000 employees in the region.

Professor Salas’ dedication to entrepreneurship extends beyond the classroom. During the pandemic, he leveraged his expertise by leading two State Department-funded projects for the Financial Services Volunteer Corp, providing technical support to startups in North Africa. He also serves on the board of directors for Gnostech, Inc., a cybersecurity firm.

Professor Salas’ impressive background and dedication to mental health and entrepreneurship make him an ideal candidate for Psychology Today. Drexel University, and particularly the Close School of Entrepreneurship, are thrilled to see his expertise reach a wider audience and empower entrepreneurs to prioritize their well-being on their journeys to success.

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