I find that imagery and metaphor are evocative...

and can reach out to touch readers in their minds and hearts. In my writing, I search for the elements of my experience that have universal resonance and that my readers will recognize as both familiar and new.

Publications in English

  • Deegan, PE (2020). The Journey to Use Medication Optimally to Support Recovery. Psychiatric Services in Advance https://doi.org/10.1176/appi.ps.201900506.
  • Fortuna, KL, Naslund, JA ,LaCroix, JM,  Bianco, CL, Brooks, JM,  Zisman-Ilani, Y,  PhD,  Muralidharan, A, Deegan, PE. [in press]. Systematic Review of Peer-Supported Digital Mental Health Interventions for People with a Lived Experience of a Serious Mental Illness. JMIR: Mental Health (in press).
  • Fortuna, KL, Walker, R, Fisher, D, Mois, G, Allan, S, & Deegan, PE (2019). Enhancing Digital Mental Health Standards and Principles with Recovery-Focused Guidelines for Mobile, Online, and Remote Monitoring Technologies. Psychiatric Services, 70:12, 1080-1081.

  • Fortuna, KL, Ferron, J, Pratt, SI, Muralidharan, A, Williams, AM, Aschbrenner, KA, Deegan, PE, & Salzer, M. (2019). Unmet needs of people with serious mental illness: Perspectives from certified peer specialists. Psychiatric Quarterly, 90(2).

  • Yaara Zisman-Ilani, David Shern, Patricia Deegan, Julie Kreyenbuhl, Lisa Dixon, Robert Drake, William Torrey, Manish Mishra, Ksenia Gorbenko, Glyn Elwyn (2018). Continue, adjust, or stop antipsychotic medication: developing and user testing an encounter decision aid for people with first-episode and long-term psychosis. BMC Psychiatry, 18(1):142.
  • Deegan PE, Carpenter-Song E, Drake RE, Naslund JA, Luciano A, Hutchison SL (2017). Enhancing Clients’ Communication Regarding Goals for Using Psychiatric Medications. Psychiatric Services, 68:8, 771-775.
  • Kim L. MacDonald-Wilson, Shari L. Hutchison, Irina Karpov, Paul Wittman, Patricia E. Deegan (2016). A successful implementation strategy to support adoption of decision making in mental health services. Community Mental Health Journal, June 4. 
  • Drake RE, Noel VA, Deegan PE (2015). Measuring recovery as an outcome. Die Psychiatrie, 12 3: 174-179.
  • Shari L Hutchison, Irina Karpov, Pat E Deegan, Kim L MacDonald-Wilson, James M Schuster: Adoption of strategies to improve decision support in community mental health centers. Implementation Science 2015 10(Suppl 1):A27.
  • MacDonald-Wilson KL, Deegan PE, Hutchison HL, Parrotta N, Schuster JM (2013). Integrating self-management strategies into mental health service delivery: Empowering people in recoveryPsychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 36,4 258-263.
  • Deegan, P.E. (2010). A description of a web application to support shared decision makingPsychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 34(1):23-8.
  • Drake, R.E., Deegan, P.E., & Rapp, C. (2010). The promise of shared decision making in mental healthPsychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 34(1):7–13.
  • Drake, R.E., Deegan, P.E., Woltmann, E., Haslett, W., Drake, T., & Rapp, C. (2010). Comprehensive electronic decision support systemsPsychiatric Services, 61:714–717.
  • Drake, R.E. & Deegan, P.E. (2009). Shared decision making: Whose decision? (In Reply) Psychiatric Services, 60, 1555–1556.
  • Drake, R.E. & Deegan, P.E. (2009). Shared decision making is an ethical imperative(Taking Issue). Psychiatric Services, 60, 1007.
  • Hamilton Wilson JE, Azzopardi W, Sager S, Gould B, Conroy S, Deegan PE, Archie S (2009). A narrative study of the exoperiences of student nurse who have participated in the hearing voices that are distressing simulation. International Journal of Nurse Education Scholarship., Epub June 8, doi:10.2202/1548-923X.
  • Deegan, P.E., Rapp, C., Holter, M. & Riefer, M. (2008). A program to support shared decision making in an outpatient psychiatric medication clinic. Psychiatric Services, 59, 603–605.
  • Drake, R.E. & Deegan, P.E. (2008). Are assertive community treatment and recovery compatible? Commentary on "ACT and recovery: integrating evidence-based practice and recovery orientation on assertive community treatment teams"Community Mental Health Journal. Feb; 44(1):75-7.
  • Deegan, P.E. (2007). The lived experience of using psychiatric medicine in the recovery process and a shared decision making program to support it. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 31, 62–69.
  • Deegan, P.E. & Drake, R.E. (2007). Shared decision-making: In reply. Psychiatric Services, 58, 1, 140.
  • Deegan, P.E. & Drake, R.E. (2006). Shared decision-making and medication management in the recovery processPsychiatric Services, 57, 11, 1636–1639.
  • Deegan, P.E. (2005). The importance of personal medicine: A qualitative study of resilience in people with psychiatric disabilitiesScandinavian Journal of Public Health, 33, 29–35.
  • Deegan, P.E. (2005). Recovery as a journey of the heart. In L. Davidson, C Harding & L Spaniol (Eds.), Recovery from severe mental illnesses: Research Evidence and Implications, Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation, Boston University: Boston MA. p. 57–68.
  • Deegan, P.E. (2004). Rethinking Rehabilitation: Freedom. Study of Current Rehabilitation, 121, 12, 5–10.
  • Deegan, P.E. (2002). The Independent Living Movement and People With Psychiatric Disabilities: Taking Back Control Over Our Own Lives. In J. van Weeghel (Ed.), Community Care and Psychiatric Rehabilitation for Persons With Severe Mental Illness.Geneva Initiative on Psychiatry: Hilversum (The Netherlands), 115–124.
  • Deegan, P.E. (2001). Recovery as a self-directed process of healing and transformation. In C. Brown (Ed.) Recovery and wellness: Models of hope and empowerment for people with mental illness, Haworth Press: New York, p. 5–21.
  • Deegan, P.E. (2001). Insane sisters. [Review of the book Insane sisters: Or the price paid for challenging a company town]. Psychiatric Services, 52, 12, 1661.
  • Deegan, P.E. (2001). Recovery as a Self-Directed Process of Healing and Transformation. Occupational Therapy in Mental Health: A Journal of Psychosocial Practice & Research, 17, 5–21.
  • Deegan, P.E. (1999). Human Sexuality and Mental Illness: Recovery Principles and Consumer Viewpoints. Sexuality and serious mental illness, (P.F. Buckley Ed.). Harwood Academic Publishers, 21–33.
  • Fisher, D. & Deegan, P.E. (1999). Final report of research on recovery from mental illness. Lawrence, MA: National Empowerment Center and the Center for Mental Health Services.
  • Deegan, P.E. (1998). "The evolution of my work as a psychologist." The Journal of the California Alliance for the Mentally Ill. 9:1, p. 19–21.
  • Deegan, P.E. (1997). "Recovery and empowerment for people with psychiatric disabilities". In U. Aviram (Ed.), Social Work In Mental Health: Issues and Trends. The Haworth Press, NY, p. 11–24.
  • Deegan, P.E. (1997). "Recovery and empowerment for people with psychiatric disabilties". Social Work in Health Care, 25, 3, p. 11–24.
  • Deegan, P.E. (1997). (1) Recovery as a Journey of the Heart. (2) Recovery the Lived Experience of Rehabilitation. (3) Spirit Breaking: When the Helping Professions hurt. (4) The Independent Living Movement and People with Psychiatric Disabilities: Taking control back over our own lives. In L. Spaniol, C. Gagne & M. Koehler (Eds.), Psychological and Social Aspects of Psychiatric Disability. Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation, Boston University, Boston, MA 02215.
  • Deegan, P.E. (1996). A letter to my friend who is giving up. The Journal of the California Alliance for the Mentally Ill, Vol. 5, No. 3.
  • Deegan, P.E. (1996). Consumer-Provider Perspective: Blending two realities into a unique perspective. Journal of Psychosocial Nursing, 34 (9) 39–46.
  • Deegan, P.E. (1996). Recovery as a Journey of the Heart. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal 19, 3, p. 91–97.
  • Deegan, P.E. (1996). The sea rose: Recovering from mental illness. There's a Person in Here: Contemporary themes in mental health services, The Mental Health Services Conference Inc. of Australia and New Zealand: Ian Liddell Pty Limited, p. xvi–xxiv.
  • Deegan, P.E. (1994). Recovery: The lived experience of rehabilitation. In L. Spaniol & M. Koehler (Eds.), The Experience of Recovery, (pp. 54–59). Boston University, Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation.
  • Deegan, P.E. (1994). The Independent Living Movement and people with psychiatric disabilities: Taking control back over our own lives. In L. Spaniol et. al. (Eds.) An Introduction to Psychiatric Rehabilitation (p. 121–134). International Association of Psychosocial Rehabilitation Services / Boston University Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation.
  • Deegan, P.E. (1994). Recovery: The lived experience of rehabilitation (p. 149–161). In W. Anthony & L. Spaniol (Eds). Reading in Psychiatric Rehabilitation. Boston University Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation.
  • Deegan, P.E. (1993). Recovering our sense of value after being labeled mentally ill. Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services. 31, 4, p. 7–11.
  • Deegan P.E. & Shaw, J. (1993). A Technical Assistance Guide to Planning a Barrier-Free, Consumer-Run and Consumer-Controlled conference. Available through the National Empowerment Center, 20 Ballard Road, Lawrence, MA, USA 01843.
  • Deegan, P.E. (1992). The Independent Living Movement and people with psychiatric disabilities: Taking control back over our own lives. Psychosocial Rehabilitation Journal, 15, p. 3–19.
  • Deegan, P.E. (1991). Recovery: The lived experience of rehabilitation. In R.P. Marinelli and A. E. Dell Orto (Eds.), The Psychological & Social Impact of Disability (p. 47–54). New York, Springer.
  • Deegan, P.E. (1990). Spirit Breaking: When the helping professions hurt. The Humanistic Psychologist, 18, 3, 301–313.
  • Deegan, P.E. (1988). Recovery: The lived experience of rehabilitation. Psychosocial Rehabilitation Journal, 9, 4, 11-19.
  • Deegan, P.E. (1984). An empirical phenomenological investigation of the use of diazepam in an effort to transform being anxious. Dissertation, Duquesne University/Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Deegan, P.E. (1983). I promised you a rose garden but I'm taking it back: Reflection on the therapeutic relationship. Duquesne Universal Student Manuscripts, Vol. II, Pittsburgh: Duquesne University Press.
  • Deegan, P.E. (1982). An empirical phenomenological investigation of failing to learn. Journal of Phenomenological Psychology, Spring.



Translated Papers


If you know where to find these online, please let me know.

  • Deegan, P.E. (2005). Gesundung und die Verschwörung im Geiste der Hoffnung(German)
  • Deegan, P.E. (2005) Reclaiming Your Power During Medication Appointments With a Psychiatrist (Att bruka mediciner i sin återhämtning) (Swedish).
  • Deegan, P.E. (2005). Reclaiming Your Power During Medication Appointments With a Psychiatrist. RAC, No.2. (Japanese)
  • Anderson, D., Deegan, P.E. (2005). Intet o moss uten oss: Brukerdeltakelse I styrer og utvalg innen psykisk helse. Dialog. Nr. 2 September 2005. (Norwegian)
  • Deegan, P.E. (2004). Rethinking Rehabilitation: ma bety frihet! Respekt, Utgave 3, 24–28. (Norwegian)
  • Deegan, P.E. (2004). Frihed: At overveje rehabilitering pa ny. Bedre Psychiatri, (3), 12–15. (Norwegian).
  • Deegan, P.E. (2004). Herstel als reis van het hart. Klank Spiegel, June #2. 3–11. (Dutch)
  • Deegan, P.E. (2001). Att bruka mediciner i sin återhämtning. Stockholm:RSMH, SPO; Södra.
  • Deegan, P.E. (2001). Recuperacão Como Uma Viagem Do Coracão. 1–9. (Portuguese).
  • Deegan, P.E. (2000). "Havordan vine tilbake egenverdet etter a ha fatt en diagnose?" Dialog, 2-3, p. 96–103.
  • Deegan, P.E. (1997). Veien Tilbake en Rehabiliteringshistorie. Ergoterapeuten, 2, p. 8–11. (Norwegian)
  • Deegan, P.E. (1997). Recuperacion: un camino del corazon. Grupo de la Esperanza, Montevideo Uruguay. (Spanish)
  • Deegan, P.E. (1995). Escuchando voces que deprimen: Recursos y Estrategias para ayudarse asi mismo. National Empowerment Center Inc. Newsletter Fall/Winter p. 2–14. (Spanish)
  • Deegan, P.E. (1995). Herstellen van een psychiatrische diagnose. Deviant: Tijdschrift tussen psychiatrie en maatschappij, 2, p.18–22. (Dutch)
  • Deegan, P.E. (1993). Le processus de "retablisement": un prerequis pour la readaption. le Partenaire: Bulletin de l'associaton Quebecoise pour la readaptation psychosociale, 2, p. 2–6. (French)
  • Deegan, P.E. (1988). Le retablissement: L'experience vecue de la rehabilitation, (Trans. Patrick Le Cardinal, 2016).



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