April 16, 2019

On behalf of the Board of Directors and Founder of Firefighter Behavioral Health Alliance, we have selected Elizabeth Henderson to receive one of five Scholarships that we have to offer. Elizabeth is the recipient of the Firefighter Timothy J. Karnisky Scholarship in the amount of $500.00.Elizabeth is currently a doctoral candidate in the school of nursing at Northeastern University in Boston Massachusetts. Her dissertation research is focused on suicide prevention among professional firefighters, a topic of interest that developed during her career as a firefighter. Elizabeth is a former full-time Firefighter/Paramedic, having proudly been a member of the fire service for over 15 years before leaving in good standing to pursue her doctoral degree full-time.  She is the spouse of a Firefighter/Paramedic and the daughter-in-law of a retired Fire Chief. Elizabeth lost her grandfather, a retired volunteer firefighter, to suicide. She is passionate about bringing awareness to mental health in firefighters and about stopping suicide among firefighters and first responders. 

In addition, she has also worked as registered nurse for over 19 years, having spent the majority of her clinical career as an emergency department nurse. She is currently active in nursing leadership holding the position of Nurse Manager in the Emergency Department at Boston Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts.  Elizabeth has a Master’s of Science in Biomedical Forensic Science from Boston University and a Master’s of Science in nursing from Boston College.  

She has received numerous clinical performance and academic excellence and achievement awards during her career, is a member of the American Association of Suicidology, the International Association of Forensic Nurses, Sigma Theta Tau, and the Emergency Nurses Association. 

 FBHA and FF Karnisky’s family wish Elizabeth the best of luck and much success in the completing her Doctorate of Nursing. 

To find out more about our scholarship program or to make a donation to support the program,  please see the Scholarship Program Page on our website at

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