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 the Dartmouth Institute, Geisel School of Medicine, Dartmouth College. 

Pat is also a consultant with OnTrackNY having helped the team at Columbia University develop an innovative model for engaging young people experiencing first episode psychosis in their recovery under the NIMH RAISE Study. She continues as a consultant, trainer and materials developer for OnTrackNY at the Center for Practice Innovation in New York. You can view Pat's rapid e-learning curricula on Shared Decision Making and The Spirit of OnTrack. Pat is also helping to develop the role of peer specialists on integrated clinical teams.

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We are thrilled that both Pat and CommonGround have been honored with several awards recently, including:

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...

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