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Larry Davidson


Larry Davidson, Ph.D., is a Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Program for Recovery and Community Health at the School of Medicine and Institution for Social and Policy Studies of Yale University. His work has focused on processes of recovery from and in serious mental illnesses and addictions, evaluation of innovative recovery-oriented practices, including peer-delivered services, and designing and evaluating policies to promote the transformation of systems to the provision of recovery-oriented care. In addition to being a recipient of psychiatric care himself, Dr. Davidson has produced over 200 publications, including the 2009 book written with several of his colleagues, entitled A Practical Guide to Recovery-Oriented Practice: Tools for Transforming Mental Health Care. Most recently, he has released another book entitled The Roots of the Recovery Movement in Psychiatry: Lessons Learned. His work has been influential both national and internationally in shaping the recovery agenda and in translating its implications for transforming mental health practice.


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Relevant Publications:

Davidson, L.; Rakfeldt, J.; & Strauss, J.S.: The roots of the recovery movement: Lessons learned. London: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010.


Sakheim, D.; Flanagan, E.; Hawkins, D.; & Davidson, L.: How the recovery movement is relevant for persons diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder. In C. Leclerc (ed.), Trouble de personnalité limite et réadaptation – Tome 2: Points de vue de différents acteurs (pp. ). Montreal, Quebec: Editions Ressources, 2010.

Sakheim, D.; Hawkins, D.; Flanagan, E.; Stayner, D.; Parker, D.; & Davidson, L.: Compassion Deficit Disorder: The danger of ignoring the role of trauma at the heart of Borderline Personality Disorder. In C. Leclerc (ed.), Trouble de personnalité limite et réadaptation – Tome 2: Points de vue de différents acteurs (pp. ). Montreal, Quebec: Editions Ressources, 2010.


Davidson, L.; Tondora, J.; & O’Connell, M.J.: How to recognize a recovery-oriented practice. World Association for Psychosocial Rehabilitation (WAPR) Bulletin, 2010, 26/27, 17-19.


Davidson, L.: Recovery and the medical model in institutional care. Psychiatric Services, 2010, 61(4): 418


Davidson, L.: Foreword. In Krupa, T.; Edgelow, M.; Chen, S.; Mieras, C.; Almas, A.; Perry, A.; Radloff-Gabriel, D.; Jackson, J.; & Bransfield, M.: Action over intertia: Addressing the activity-health needs of individuals with serious mental illness. Ottawa, Ontario: CAOT Publications (pp. v-vi).


Davidson, L.: A conservative approach to radical reform. PsycCRITIQUES, May 26, 2010, Vol. 55, Release 21, Article 9.


Davidson, L.: PORT through a Recovery Lens. Schizophrenia Bulletin, 2010, 36: 107-108.

Sells, D.; Davidson, L.; & Rowe, M. (in press) Treatment relationships in peer based and traditional mental healthcare services: An update (in Spanish). Sociedad Iberoamericana de Informacion Cientifica.


Davidson, L.; & Solomon, L.A. (in press)  The value of transcendental phenomenology for psychology: The case of psychosis. In Cloonan, T. (ed.), A Feschrift in honor of Amedeo Giorgi. Montreal, Quebec: Cercle interdisciplinaire de recherches phénoménologiques.

Flanagan, E.; Davidson, L.; & Strauss, J.S. (in press)  The need for patient-subjective data in the DSM and ICD. Psychiatry.


Topor, A.; Borg, M.; Di Girolamo, S.; & Davidson, L. (in press) Not just an individual journey: Social aspects of recovery. International Journal of Social Psychiatry.


Shahar, G.; Weinberg, D.; McGlashan, T.H.; & Davidson, L. (in press)  Illness related stress interactions with perceptions of self as ill to predict depression in psychosis: A hopelessness theory perspective. International Journal of Cognitive Therapy.


Davidson, L.; Roe, D.; Andres-Hyman, R.; & Ridgway, P. (in press)  Applying Stages of Change models to recovery in serious mental illness: Contributions and limitations. Israeli Journal of Psychiatry.


Davidson, L.; O’Connell, M.; & Tondora, J. (in press) Conclusion: Making sure the person is involved in person-centered care. In Rudnick, A. & Roe, D. (eds.), Serious mental lllness (SMI): Person-centered approaches. London: Routledge.


Slade, M.; & Davidson, L. (in press)  Recovery as an integrative paradigm in mental health. In Thornicroft, G.; Szmukler, G.; Mueser, K.; & Drake, B. (eds), Oxford textbook of community mental health, 2nd edition. London: Oxford University Press.


Tondora, J.; O’Connell, M.; Dinzeo, T.; Miller, R.; Bellamy, C.; Andres-Hyman, R.; & Davidson, L. (in press)  A clinical trial of peer-based culturally responsive person-centered care for psychosis for African Americans and Latino. Clinical Trials: Journal of the Society for Clinical Trials.


Davidson, L. (in press) The importance of first-person experience in making, and breaking, psychiatry. Revista Pessoas e Sintomas.


Davidson, L.; Mezzina, R.; Rowe, M.; & Thompson, K. (in press)  ‘A Life in the Community’: Italian Mental Health Reform and Recovery. Journal of Mental Health.


Kidd, S.A., George, L., O’Connell, M., Sylvestre, J., Kirkpatrick, H., Browne, G., Odueyungbo, A., & Davidson, L. (in press). Recovery-oriented service provision and clinical outcomes in Assertive Community Treatment. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal.


Schrank, B.; Hayward, M.; Stanghellini, G.; & Davidson, L. (in press) Hope in psychiatry. Advances in Psychiatric Treatment.