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Temple: Person-oriented Recovery Research Influences New APA Treatment Guidelines

Updated practice guidelines from the American Psychiatric Association (APA) for treatment of people with schizophrenia will include recommended treatments based on research from Dr. Elizabeth Thomas, an investigator in Temple University College of Public Health’s Collaborative on Community Inclusion. The recommended treatments promote person-oriented recovery (and related constructs, such as community integration, empowerment, and hope) based on a meta-analysis paper Dr. Thomas published in Psychiatric Services.

Dr. Thomas is a psychologist and mental health services researcher with a background in psychiatric rehabilitation and recovery-oriented treatment for individuals with serious mental illnesses (SMI). Her research interests and work have centered on early intervention in psychosis, clinical decision-making (including the elucidation of treatment targets that promote community integration) and the role of peer specialists in fostering service engagement and community integration. Currently, Dr. Thomas is pursuing research on peer-delivered decision support to enhance emerging adults’ engagement in early intervention services with support from a K08 Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Award from the National Institute of Mental Health.

Dr. Thomas’s recent research has examined post-hospital care for people with SMI and the use of social “circles of account and responsibility” after incarceration for people with SMI.

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