Program for Recovery Research
The Program for Recovery Research (“PRR”) is a new program of the Systems and Psychosocial Advances Research Center and the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Department of Psychiatry. Our mission is to:
Conduct and support person-driven mental health recovery research using community-based participatory action approaches
While the term "recovery" in relation to mental health and illness has a broad application, our research focuses on two broad questions:
- Recovering: What are the internal (e.g., self-efficacy) and external (e.g., services, supports) factors that help people diagnosed with a serious mental health condition to engage in a recovery process and ultimately recover?
- Empowerment: How does the active participation of people diagnosed with serious mental conditions in making personal life choices and in helping other people impact their own personal well-being and the quality of their care?
This includes participation in:
- Treatment decisions
- Peer support work
- Health care program development
- Community life
We have already initiated several PRR Projects
Recovery research at this program is broadly characterized as research on:
- Personal recovery and theory development
- Patient empowerment and activation
- Self-directed care
- Peer services
- Recovery measures and measurement
- Participation Action Research
- Recovery in clinical and integrated services
For more information, please contact:
Jonathan Delman, PhD, JD, MPH, Director
Assistant Research Professor, Department of Psychiatry
A note on language:
We support SAMHSA’s broadly defined multidimensional working definition of Recovery, largely based on guiding principles. In brief summary: “A process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential.”
"Recovery" as an outcome has been defined in a variety of ways in the literature, from symptom reduction/alleviation to finding a meaningful role in life; we respect this breadth and look forward to working with others to bring some rigor to the study of recovery outcomes.
"Recovery oriented" is a term used to describe the attributes of a service and support "system" that supports recovery. ” The description and scope of “recovery-orientation” has been addressed from various perspectives in the literature. A leader in defining this area is the SAMHSA Recovery To Practice Initiative.