17 & 18

May 2019

Reducing Mental Health Disparities Through Sustaining and
Strengthening Healthy Communities: Increasing Knowledge through Research, Education and Practice

Dr. Frederick J. Frese, Ph.D.

Frederick J. Frese, Ph.D. is a psychologist with more than forty years’ experience in public mental health care and is presently coordinator of the Summit County (Ohio) Recovery Project, serving recovering consumers in the Akron area. For fifteen years, until his retirement in 1995, Fred was Director of Psychology at Western Reserve Psychiatric Hospital.

Dr. Frese is also a consumer, having been diagnosed with schizophrenia as a young Marine Corps officer. Despite his disability, he was able to gain a degree from the American Graduate School of International Management in Phoenix, Arizona, and a doctorate in Psychology from Ohio University. Fred founded the Community and State Hospital Section of the American Psychological Association. He holds psychology clinical faculty appointments in the psychiatry programs at Case Western Reserve University and at the Northeastern Ohio Medical University.

He was the longest serving member of the Board of Directors of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, and is currently on the Board of Scientific Advisors for Schizophrenia Bulletin. He has authored many articles and book chapters, edited a book on Psychology and the Seriously Mentally Ill, and lectured widely on the subject of schizophrenia.

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