Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Laurie Irelind — Short Bio

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Laurie Irelind, an RN specializing in cardiology, was working as a nurse ​educator ​ ​at a large teaching hospital before becoming disabled due to the adverse...

Matt Stevenson — Short Bio

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Matt Stevenson is a formerly psychotic American man. After suffering through and recovering from severe psychosis, he now works a normal job and is...

Liat Ben-Moshe — Short Bio

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Dr. Liat Ben-Moshe is Assistant Professor of Disability Studies at the University of Toledo. She has written on such topics as deinstitutionalization and incarceration; prison...

David Guttman — Short Bio

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David Guttman is a father, an entrepreneur and a crossfitter. He is also a voracious reader, a world traveler and president of First Stop...

Ronda Richardson — Short Bio

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Ronda Richardson is an artist and peer support worker from Canada. She wants to see reforms within smaller communities and rural areas, including more...

Sarah Carr, PhD — Short bio

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Dr Sarah Carr is Associate Professor of Mental Health Research at Middlesex University London, and Vice-Chair of the National Survivor User Network (NSUN), England.

Jen Constantine – Op-Ed Bio

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Jen Constantine is a psychiatric system survivor, mental health advocate, wife, and mom. Jen grew up in the Black Hills of rural South Dakota....

Nesrin Shaheen – Short Bio

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Nesrin Shaheen is a director and founding president of the Anti-NMDA Receptor Encephalitis Foundation in Canada. Her daughter was the first positively identified case...

Op-Ed Bio

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Catherine Clarke is a former nurse (SRN), midwife (SCM) and chiropodist (MSSCH MBChA.) Following her son’s violent propulsion into the mental health system, she...

Beatrice Birch — OP-ED Bio

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Beatrice Birch began her career as a teacher in an inner-city Waldorf/Rudolf Steiner School in Bristol, England in 1975.  Deeply inspired by the healing...

Aimee Inomata – Op-Ed Bio

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Aimee Inomata, PhD, is a writer, researcher and reformed academic who uses her training in philosophy and literature to critically analyze the underlying rhetoric...

Reid Bertino — Short Bio

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Reid Bertino is a 30 year old man with a long history with the mental health system. From start to finish, the mental health...

Stephen LaCorte – Op-Ed Bio

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Stephen LaCorte is an attorney in Texas who has worked in the oil and gas industry.  He was harmed by benzodiazepines after being negligently...

Ken Blatt, MD – Short Bio

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Dr. Ken Blatt trained when psychiatry was steeped in a humanistic, philosophic and social/relational tradition. He believes that in the last decades psychiatry has shifted to a...

Amy Beausang — Short Bio

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The Wrong Profession? After nearly 15 years of working in the pharmaceutical industry, Amy's mission is to help women avoid, reduce, and eliminate their need...

Chris Gordon, MD – Short Bio

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Dr. Christopher Gordon is Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, Assistant Psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital, Adjunct Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at...

Clair Bien – Short Bio

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Hearing Voices, Living Fully: Claire Bien, M.Ed., is a writer and grant writer at The Connection. She is also a voice hearer and formed the...

Otto Douglas — Short Bio

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Otto Douglas is a York University graduate whose psychiatric incarceration opened his eyes to a previously unknown world — a world in which human...

Justin Karter – Short Bio

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MIA-UMB News Editor: Justin Karter is a writer, researcher and community organizer with graduate degrees in both journalism and community psychology. He is a doctoral...

Marta E. Pagán-Ortiz – Short Bio

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MIA-UMB News Team: Marta E. Pagán-Ortiz is a doctoral student and research assistant in the Counseling and School Psychology PhD program at UMass Boston. Marta...

Peter Simons – Short Bio

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MIA-UMB News Team: Peter Simons comes from a background in the humanities where he studied English, philosophy, and art. Now working on his PhD in...

Akansha Vaswani – Short Bio

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MIA-UMB News Team: Akansha Vaswani is a therapist and a researcher with a particular interest in the lived experiences of people’s lives. Her studies...

Shannon Peters – Short Bio

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MIA-UMB News Team: Shannon Peters is a doctoral student at the University of Massachusetts Boston and has a master’s degree in mental health counseling....

Merry Citoli — Short Bio

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Merry Citoli is an award-winning singer/songwriter and screenplay writer whose life went into a downward spiral after being put on lorazepam for insomnia and...

David Baksh — Op-Ed Bio

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David Baksh,  co-director and cinematographer for Yoghurt Utopia, has had a diverse directing career, which spans broadcast TV, commercials, event visuals and award-winning digital ad campaigns,  making...