Russell Petrella

Dr. Russell C. Petrella, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of Beacon Health Options, is a clinical psychologist with more than 40 years of experience as a clinician, state official, and healthcare executive. Early in his career, Dr. Petrella practiced at the Center for Forensic Psychiatry in Ann Arbor, MI, which led to his appointment as the Director of Forensic Services, and later as the Director of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services for the Commonwealth of Virginia. Dr. Petrella most recently served as Executive Vice President for EmblemHealth and Chief Executive Officer for Advantage Care Physicians. Prior to that, he held national roles as President of Magellan Behavioral Health and President of Community & State (Medicaid) for United HealthCare. Dr. Petrella holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Washington University in St. Louis and a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Syracuse University.
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