Kim Hopper, PhD is the Co-Director of Center to Study Recover in Social Contexts and, along with Mary Jane Alexander, is Principal Investigator of the Center's Field School to Develop Research Capacity Among Community Partners. He is also an Investigator on the Center projects "Shared Decision Making", "An Approachable Approach: Creating a User Friendly Version of the Capabilities Framework", "Measuring Capabilities-Enhancing Environments", and "Culturally Competent Capabilities". Dr. Hopper is a medical anthropologist and is currently a Research Scientist within the Statistics and Services Research Division at NKI as well as a Professor of Clinical Socio-medical Sciences at the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University. He also Adjunct Professor at the Law School, Research Associate Professor of Psychiatry at New York University School of Medicine, and President's Professor, University of Alaska, Fairbanks. He was a member of the WHO Collaborative International Study of Schizophrenia, and co-author of several articles and chapters on its findings. Dr. Hopper is the Principal Investigator of the Shared Decisions project at the Center.
David L. Shern
With more than 30 years of distinguished service, David L. Shern, Ph.D. is one of the nation's foremost leaders in mental health services research and system reform. Currently the President and CEO of Mental health America, the preeminent mental health organization in the country, his work has spanned a variety of mental health services research topics, including: epidemiological studies of the need for community services; the effects of differing organizational, financing and service delivery strategies on continuity of care and client outcome and the use of alternative service delivery strategies such as peer counseling and self help on the outcomes of care. He has authored more than 100 publications including papers in Health Affairs, Psychiatric Services, Medical Care, Health Services Research, Behavioral Health Services and Research and the American Journal of Public Health.
Mary Jane Alexander
Mary Jane Alexander, PhD is the Director of the Center to Study Recovery in Social Contexts and of the Social Science and Innovation laboratory at the Nathan Kline Institute. Dr. Alexander is also the Research Core Co-Director and an Investigator of the project "Operationalizing Capabilities Framework for Mental Health Services Research". She is a social psychologist whose research in the public mental health systems since 1980 has included understanding and breaking down system level barriers to services for people with mental illness with other complicating histories or conditions such as addiction and trauma histories. She works extensively with stakeholders in local and state behavioral health systems in New York State, and has collaborated with consumer researchers to develop models of Recovery, system indicators for recovery and a model of healing from sexual abuse trauma.
Dr. Michael Hogan was confirmed in March 2007 as Commissioner of Mental Health in New York. The NYS Office of Mental Health operates 25 accredited psychiatric hospitals, and oversees New York's $5B public mental health system that serves 650,000 individuals annually. Dr. Hogan served as Director of the Ohio Department of Mental Health (1991-2007) and Commissioner of the Connecticut DMH from 1987-1991. He chaired the President's New Freedom Commission on Mental Health in 2002-2003, and was appointed as the first behavioral health representative on the board of The Joint Commission in 2007. He served (1994-1998) on NIMH's National Advisory Mental Health Council, as President of the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (2003-2005) and as Board President of NASMHPD's Research Institute (1989-2000). He has received leadership awards from the National Governor's Association, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the Campaign for Mental Health Reform, the American College of Mental Health Administration and the American Psychiatric Association.
Margaret (Peggy) Swarbrick, Ph.D., O.T.R., C.P.R.P. is CSP-NJ Institute for Wellness and Recovery Training Director, and is a post doctoral fellow in the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Program at University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey - School of Health Related Professions. Peggy has been involved in the mental health field since 1977 personally and professionally since 1986. Peggy worked as an occupational therapist in a variety of settings providing wellness and recovery focused services. Peggy has lectured nationally and internationally on recovery and wellness and consumer-operated services and completed doctoral work at New York University, in the Occupational Therapy Program. Peggy has published on the wellness and recovery model, consumer operated services, a commentary on a cognitive behavioral treatment for persons diagnosed with mental illness who experience PTSD, and peer delivered wellness and recovery programs.
Courtenay M. Harding
Courtenay M. Harding, Ph.D. is professor of psychiatry and now the director of the Center for Rehabilitation and Recovery at the Coalition of Behavioral Health Agencies here in NYC. The Coalition is composed of 120 agencies who serve about 350,000 people. She moved here from Boston where she was the Senior Director of Boston University's well-known Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation under William Anthony. Among her research endeavors, Dr. Harding participated in two three-decade NIMH studies of schizophrenia and other serious illnesses and found that many once profoundly disabled persons could and did significantly improve and/ or even fully recover. These findings, similar to eight other long-term studies from across the world, helped to create the Institute for the Study of Human Resilience in order to investigate ways in which people reclaimed their lives. She has been the recipient of over 40 awards and honors including the Alexander Gralnick Research Investigator Award from the American Psychological Association's foundation for "exceptional contributions to the study of schizophrenia and other serious mental illness and for mentoring a new generation of researchers." Dr. Harding has published extensively about rehabilitation and recovery and has presented findings from her studies and clinical work in over 500 state, national, and international meetings. She has worked with 30 states, 11 European and 9 Asian countries to redesign their systems of care.
Mark Duffy has been working in the field of mental health for the past 34 years. During this time, he has worked for periods in partial care programs, psychosocial rehabilitation, crisis, outpatient services including a private practice, program development, training and administration. He co-founded Collaborative Support Programs of New Jersey (CSPNJ) in 1985 and has assisted CSPNJ in its growth and through that process has been a stimulus for change within the agency to meet the needs of program constituents. Mr. Duffy has spent the majority of his career working in partnership with persons diagnosed with Serious Mental Illness. He has increasingly seen the value of a Recovery/ Wellness oriented based system with services that support self-help/mutual aid and economic empowerment in assisting individuals with disabilities in reaching their potential.