Pat's Brief Bio
Patricia E. Deegan Ph.D. is an independent consultant who specializes in researching and lecturing on the topic of recovery and the empowerment of people diagnosed with mental illness. Pat is an activist in the disability rights movement and has lived her own journey of recovery after being diagnosed with schizophrenia as a teenager. She is the creator of the CommonGround Approach, which includes CommonGround - a web application to support shared decision making in the psychopharmacology consultation, and RECOVERYlibrary - a collection of recovery oriented resources aimed at providing the tools, the hope, and the inspiration to recovery after a diagnosis of mental illness.
In addition to being the owner of Pat Deegan PhD & Associates, LLC, Pat is an an adjunct professor at Dartmouth College Medical School, Department of Community and Family Medicine. She works with Bob Drake and friends at the Psychiatric Research Center (PRC). The work focuses on the development of electronic information technologies and shared decision making as applied to public sector behavioral health services.
Pat is also an adjunct professor at Boston University, Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, where she works with Bill Anthony and friends at the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation. She also serves on the editorial board of the Center's Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal.
We are thrilled that both Pat and CommonGround have been honored with several awards recently, including:
- The Wayne Fenton Award for Exceptional Clinical Care: Schizophrenia Bulletin, 2015
- American Psychiatric Association's, Psychiatric Services Gold Achievement Award
- 2013 Scattergood Foundation Innovation Award in behavioral health
- New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services Lifetime Achievement Award
- Patient Empowerment by the Ashoka Changemakers Foundation finalist in the international competition
- Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality recognition as a practice innovation.
Recovery and the Conspiracy of Hope
In 1987, I wrote a paper about my experience of recovery after being diagnosed with schizophrenia. That paper has defined the major themes of my life's work. Using the tiny sea rose as a metaphor for the journey of recovery, I wrote:
It is springtime and hope is everywhere...