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Tony Masini Memorial Fund

Tony Masini Memorial Fund

This Memorial Fund is dedicated to disseminating information about evidence-based treatments for individuals with severe mental illness and their family members by:

  • purchasing materials for a family member education library and self-help books based on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance, Commitment Therapy and other evidence-based treatments,
  • supporting evidence-based training, supervision and treatment practices in community mental health,
  • other activities as agreed to by the Masini family in order to honor and keep alive the memory of Tony Masini in the pursuit of important good works that he would believe in.

Anthony Masini

Dr. Anthony Masini graduated from Palo Alto University (PAU) with a Ph.D. in clinical psychology in 2012. He completed his practicum training programs at Goodwill of Silicon Valley, Santa Clara County Health and Hospital Services and his APA internship and postdoctoral training at Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services in Los Angeles County. Dr. Masini completed an innovative dissertation project with Dr. Reiser titled “Acceptance Commitment Therapy for Schizophrenia in a Community Mental Health Setting: A Pilot Study,” where he was one of only a handful of PAU students to run his own pilot clinical treatment study for a dissertation.

Dr. Masini provided invaluable pro bono services to individuals with serious mental illness during his time at Palo Alto University. After earning his doctoral degree, Dr. Masini made a mark in research, program development, and as a community trainer in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for serious mental illness. He started up several Acceptance and Commitment Therapy groups for people with Severe and Persistent Mental Illness at Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services, and trained a number of providers in the provision of these services.

Tony also conducted agency-wide continuing education programs on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy as well as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for the treatment of Schizophrenia. Sadly, Dr. Masini passed away much too early in February 2014. He is remembered as a genuine, positive, and passionate psychologist who was a leader and pioneer in his work to help individuals with serious mental illness in community mental health.

Excerpt from Memorial Service:

“Some students (very few) make you a better teacher and a better person and Tony was one of those students — so passionate and dedicated to the work of helping people with serious mental illness that he began to shine brightly in a way that was really quite incredible. Faculty at Palo Alto University felt lucky to have worked with Tony and those who worked most closely with him felt that there was no doubt that his passion and values “have made us better people”. We are so very sad that we won’t see his contribution as a great psychologist helping people. We have now heard from so many of Tony’s fellow students especially ones that worked closely with him in his clinical work on providing Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to people with schizophrenia for his dissertation project who have told us how meaningful this work with Tony was and how it changed their lives for the better.”

An Excerpt from Tony’s Psychology Internship Application Essay

“Past the illness, I see the person who is in desperate need of help and connection. I have a burning passion for this work and for helping those suffering from the most serious mental illness that has guided me where I am today and will continue to motivate me far into the future. I want to be remembered for being a competent, compassionate professional who dedicated his career to treating clients with serious mental illness.”

To donate to the Masini Memorial Fund, click a button below:

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NAMI Marin is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and all donations are tax deductible.