Nov 13, 2023
Dmitriy Ivanov

Spectrum Health Systems Unveils Scholarship Program with Assumption University

WORCESTER, Mass. – November 7, 2023 – Spectrum Health Systems, Inc., a not-for-profit organization providing a comprehensive continuum of addiction treatment and behavioral health services throughout Massachusetts, announced today its partnership with Assumption University to create a scholarship program for its employees to complete the university’s clinical counseling psychology master’s program.

“We continue to see an increased need for both representation and clinical care service accessibility for those individuals from underrepresented communities, and this scholarship is one step towards changing those realities,” shared Heidi DiRoberto, regional executive director at Spectrum Health Systems. “Continuing education is an important initiative for our organization and our industry, and through our partnership with Assumption University, we are committed to offering our employees the opportunity to further expand their knowledge and expertise within the behavioral health field and ultimately better serve individuals in need of care.”

Spectrum Health Systems and Assumption University have a long history of working together to prepare professionals heading into the mental health field. This scholarship program will help further aid in their shared mission to diversify the clinician field.

To qualify for this program, applicants must be a full-time Spectrum employee, have been employed for a minimum of one year and in good standing. After completion of the master’s degree program, employees will continue a full-time position at Spectrum.

A photo of Mariana Valera, the first recipient of the Spectrum Health Systems and Assumption University scholarship.

“We are happy to join Spectrum in naming Mariana Valera, recovery support navigator at Spectrum’s Lincoln Street outpatient center, as the first recipient of this scholarship,” shares Dr. Regina Kuersten-Hogan, program director of the accredited Clinical Counseling Psychology master’s degree program at Assumption University. “Through our partnership, we have seen first-hand the work the organization is doing to diversify the clinician field and meet the needs of all clients. We are proud to partner with Spectrum to support efforts to increase access to individualized treatment for clients through training in cutting-edge, evidence-based treatments in mental health counseling at Assumption University.”

Spectrum Health Systems and Assumption University will be offering this scholarship opportunity on a yearly basis to support its staff and student development. To learn more about the program and how to apply for the Fall 2024 semester, visit the link here.

For more information about Spectrum Health Systems, visit or call 1-877-MyRehab. For more information about the Clinical Counseling Psychology master’s degree program at Assumption University, please visit or call Assumption’s Graduate Admissions Office at 1-508-767-7365.

About Spectrum Health Systems: Based in Worcester, Mass. and founded in 1969, Spectrum Health Systems, Inc. is a private, non-profit substance use and mental health treatment provider. Spectrum offers the largest and most complete continuum of addiction treatment in New England — including medical detoxification, residential rehabilitation, outpatient services, medication for addiction recovery, and peer recovery support. Spectrum also offers inpatient detoxification and residential treatment for commercially insured and private pay clients through its subsidiary, The New England Recovery Center.

About Assumption University: Assumption University is a comprehensive, private Catholic liberal arts institution, sponsored by the Augustinians of the Assumption. We awaken in students a sense of wonder, discovery, and purpose, forming graduates known for their intellectual seriousness, thoughtful citizenship, and devotion to the common good. Assumption is a diverse community that welcomes different points of view and embraces all who share our mission. Enlivened by the Catholic affirmation of the harmony of faith and reason and by the pursuit of the truth in the company of friends, an Assumption education transforms the minds and hearts of students.

Media Contact:

Alli Schoff

Matter Communications on behalf of Spectrum Health Systems