VALPARAISO — Matthew J. Burden has been named the new president/CEO of Porter-Starke Services.

Burden will take on the role effective Dec. 29. He will replace current President/CEO Rocco Schiralli, who will remain with Porter-Starke as chief strategy officer, taking a leadership role in strategic planning, according to a news release from Porter-Starke Services.

Burden, who has an academic background in psychology and cognitive neuroscience research related to public health matters, has served as executive director/CEO at Swanson Center since 2009. He also serves as a board member for the Indiana Council of Community Mental Health Centers.

"I’m honored and excited to accept this position and will work to build upon the positive legacy the organization has established," Burden said. "With comprehensive inpatient and outpatient behavioral health services as well as primary care, Porter-Starke Services is well-positioned to continue to provide high-quality health care services to the residents of Northwest Indiana. I’m very pleased to be given this opportunity to lead the organization into the future."

"Porter-Starke Services and Swanson Center have been great partners on many initiatives through the years, thanks to Rocky and the team at Porter-Starke," Burden said. "We look forward to continuing to collaborate on key regional initiatives."

Prior to taking his previous position, Burden was an assistant professor of research in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit. He has a master's degree and doctorate in developmental psychology from Loyola University Chicago.

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