I'm the creator of the CommonGround Program and I'm on a mission...
My mission is to help activate and 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 work on the CommonGround Program, 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.
I'm thrilled that both the CommonGround Program and I have been honored with several awards, including:
I wrote this paper about my experience of recovery after being diagnosed with schizophrenia. This paper has defined the major themes of my life's work.