James J. Callahan Jr. was a member of the faculty of the Heller School for Social Policy and Management for 25 years, and was a key member of the cabinet of Massachusetts Gov. Michael S. Dukakis. At the state level, he served as secretary of elder affairs, commissioner of mental health and director of the Medicaid program. At Heller, he was at various times director of the Policy Center on Aging, director of the National Institute of Mental Health training program, head of the Ph.D. program and a senior researcher. He was acting dean of Heller from 1990-92.
Callahan received innumerable honors for his contributions to the fields of aging, health, social policy and public administration, including a Hall of Fame Award from the American Society on Aging, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Massachusetts Association of Councils on Aging and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Captain's Chair for national program leadership.
Written by the Office of Communications for BrandeisNOW, Oct.15, 2010.