The Carolyn and C. Richard Mattingly Leadership in Mental Health Care Award highlights the significance of mental health to the overall well-being of those living with cystic fibrosis and on the important work of researchers and care teams who address mental health as an integral part of specialized CF care.
The award, created in 2016, is given by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to a member of the CF community who displays leadership and a commitment to the mental health and well-being of individuals with CF. The award is named in honor of Richard (Rich) Mattingly, former chief operating officer of the CF Foundation, and his wife, Carolyn. During his tenure, Mattingly helped the Foundation gain a better understanding of how difficult the disease is, emotionally and physically. Carolyn partnered with her husband for decades in the fight against CF. Following her death in September 2014, Carolyn's family and friends established a nonprofit foundation devoted to promoting mental health awareness.
The 2023 recipient of the Mattingly award is Emily Muther, PhD, a psychologist and director of Behavioral Health, Mike McMorris Cystic Fibrosis Center in Aurora, Colorado.
- Nominee may be affiliated at a U.S. or international CF care center
- A minimum of five years of experience in CF care that is active and ongoing through the award year
- Each spring a request for nominations is emailed to CF Care team members and is posted on the CF Exchange forums.
- Nominations are submitted via an online application.
- Nominations are evaluated by a CF Foundation-appointed committee.
- The award recipient is announced in the fall during the North American Cystic Fibrosis Conference.
Each year, the award is granted to the nominee(s) who best exemplifies the following qualities and practices:
- Demonstrates knowledge and specific expertise in the area of mental health and well-being to individuals with CF and their families.
- Possesses a commitment to individuals with CF and strives to continually improve their quality of life and mental well-being.
- Demonstrates leadership through the promotion of mental health care through service, education, advocacy and/or research.