I'm Pat, the founder of Pat Deegan & Associates. I'm on a mission.

My mission is to help empower mental health services users in their own recovery and to provide peer supporters and clinicians with the know-how to support people in their recovery journey. 

I'm uniquely positioned to fulfill my vocation because I was diagnosed with schizophrenia as a teenager, went on to get my doctorate in clinical psychology and today lead a company run by and for people in recovery. I am a thought-leader in the field of mental health recovery, have numerous peer-reviewed publications, have held a number of academic appointments, and have carried a message of hope for recovery to audiences around the world.

In addition to my Recovery Approach,  I consult with OnTrackNY and have helped the team at the Center for Practice Innovations develop an innovative model for engaging young people under the NIMH RAISE Study. The model is now being adopted nationally. 

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Awards and Recognitions

I'm thrilled my Recovery Approach has been honored with several awards, including:

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My Story...

Recent Blog Posts

Me-On-Medicine

Mar 22, 2022

Disclosure and privacy for peer specialists

Jan 28, 2022

Remembering Darby Penney

Dec 16, 2021

My Son Says He's Not Mentally Ill

Sep 21, 2021

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