William Anthony, PhD

Professor Emeritus | wanthony@bu.edu

Areas of ExpertiseWilliam Anthony

  • Identifying the dimensions of a recovery-oriented mental health system
  • Developing treatment protocols for psychiatric rehabilitation
  • How to develop and lead a recovery oriented system
  • Psychosocial treatments for multiple sclerosis


Publication Selections

Anthony, W. A., Forbess, R. & Furlong-Norman, K.  (in press). Psychiatric Rehabilitation.  In A. Roberts  & V. Vandiver  (Eds.), Best Practices in Mental Health: A Pocket Guide. London:  Oxford University Press.

Anthony, W. A. & Farkas, M.  (2012) The essential guide to psychiatric rehabilitation practice.  Boston MA: Boston University.

Ashcraft, L., Bloss, M. & Anthony, W. A. (2012) The development and implementation of “no force first” as a best practice.  Psychiatric Services, 63(5), 415-417.

Anthony, W. A. & K. Furlong-Norman. (Eds.) (2011) Readings in Psychiatric Rehabilitation & Recovery.  Boston MA:   Boston University.

Ellison, M., Rogers, E. S., Lyass, A., Massaro, J., Wewiorske, N., Hsu, S. T. & Anthony, W. A. (2011) Statewide initiative of intensive psychiatric rehabilitation: Outcomes and relationship to other mental health service use.  Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 35(1,) 9-19.

Anthony, W. A. (2011) The psychological effects of exercise.  Momentum, Winter, 2011-2012, 14-15.

Anthony, W. A. & Ashcraft, L.  (2010)  The recovery movement.  In Hennessey, K. (Ed.) A public health perspective.  London:  Oxford University Press. (465-479)

Anthony, W. A. (2010). The Veterans Administration, the military, psychiatric rehabilitation, and me. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 33(4), 259.

Farkas. M. & Anthony, W. A.  (2010)  Psychiatric rehabilitation interventions:  A review.  International Review of Psychiatry, 22(2) 114-129.

Anthony, W. A.  (2009) Psychiatric rehabilitation:  The key to prevention.  Psychiatric Services, 60, 3.

Ashcraft, L. & Anthony, W. A.  (2008)  Eliminating seclusion/restraint in recovery oriented crisis services.  Psychiatric Services, 59, 1198-1202.

Anthony, W. A. & Huckshorn, K. A.  (2008)  Principled Leadership.  Boston, MA: Boston University

Farkas, M., & Anthony, W. A. (2007). Bridging science to service:  The rehabilitation research and training center program. Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development. 44(6), 879-892.

Gagne, C. A., White, W., & Anthony, W. (2007). Recovery: A common vision for the fields of mental health and addictions. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, (31) 32-37.

Rogers, E., Anthony, W., & Farkas, M. (2006). The Choose Get-Keep Approach to psychiatric rehabilitation. Rehabilitation Psychology, 51(3), 247-256.

Anthony, W. A. (2006). An elephant in the room. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 29(6), 155)

Anthony, W. A. (2006). What my MS has taught me about the field of severe mental illness. Psychiatric Services, 57(8), 1081 – 1082.

Rogers, E., Anthony, W., & Lyass, A. (2006) A randomized clinical trial of psychiatric vocational rehabilitation. Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin, 49(3), 143 – 156.

Anthony, W. A. (2005). Psychiatric rehabilitation and the science of possibilities. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 28(14), 1.

Anthony, W. A. & Anthony, C. W. A. (2005). The napping company: Bring science to the workplace. Industrial Health(43), 209 – 212.

Anthony, W. A. (2005). Value based practices. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 29(3), 1.

Hutchinson, D. S., Gagne, C., Bowers, A., Russinova, Z., Skrinar, G. S., & Anthony, W. A. (2006). A framework for health promotion services for people with psychiatric disabilities. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 29(4), 237.

Anthony, W. A. & Ashcraft, L. (2005). Creating an environment that supports recovery. Behavior Healthcare Tomorrow, 14 (6), 6 – 7.

Ashcraft, L., & Anthony, W. A. (2005). It starts with vision. Behavioral Healthcare Tomorrow, 14(5), 9 – 11.

Ashcraft, L., & Anthony, W. A. (2005). The story of the transformation of a mental health agency to a recovery orientation. Behavioral Healthcare Tomorrow, 14(2), 12, 13, 15 – 21.

Farkas, M., Gagne, C., Anthony, W. & Chamberlin, J. (2005) Implementing recovery oriented evidence based programs: Identifying the critical dimensions. Community Mental Health Journal, 41(2), 145 – 153.

Rogers, E., Anthony, W., & Farkas, M. (2005). Recovery and evidence based practices. In C. Stout & R Hayes (Eds.), The Handbook of Evidence Based Practice in Behavioral Healthcase: Methods, Models and Tools for Mental Health Professionals (pp. 199 – 219). New Jersey: John Wiley and Sons, Inc.

Anthony, W. (2004) (Editorial). The recovery effect. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal (1 – 2)

Anthony, W. (2004) Overcoming obstacles to a recovery – oriented system: The necessity for state level leadership. NASMPD Networks (Fall), 3 – 7

Anthony, W. A. (2004) (Editorial). The principle of personhood: The field’s transcendent principle. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal (1 – 2).

Rogers, E. S., Anthony, W. A., Lyass, A. (2004). The Nature and Dimensions of Social Support Among Individuals with Severe Mental Illnesses . Community Mental Health Journal , 40(5), 437-450.

Essock, S., Goldman. H. H., Van Tosh, L., Anthony, W. A. et al. (2003). Evidence based practices: Setting the context and responding to concerns. Psychiatric Clinics of North America, 26, 919 – 938.

Anthony, W. A. (2003). Expanding the Evidence Base in an Era of Recovery. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 27(1), 1-2.

Anthony, W. A. (2003). Studying Evidence-Based Processes, Not Practices. Psychiatric Services, 54(1), 7.

Anthony, W. A. (2003). The Decade of the Person and the Walls that Divide Us. Behavioral Healthcare Tomorrow, April, 23-30.

Anthony, W. A., Rogers, E. S., & Farkas, M. (2003). Research on evidence-based practices: Future directions in an era of recovery. Community Mental Health Journal, 39(2), 101-114.

Kramer, P., Anthony, W. A., Rogers, E. S., & Kennard, W. A. (2003). Another Way of Avoiding the “Single Model Trap.” Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 26(4), 413-415.

Ellison, M. L., Anthony, W. A., Sheets, J. L., Dodds, W., Barker, W. I., Massaro, J., & Wewiorski, N. S. (2002). The Integration of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services in Behavioral Health Care Structures: A State Example. Journal of Behavioral Health Services and Research, 29(4), 381-393.

Anthony, W.A., Cohen, M.R., Farkas, M.D., Gagne, C. (2002). Psychiatric Rehabilitation, 2nd edition. Boston, MA: Boston University, Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation.

Spaniol, L. S., Wewiorski, N. J. Gagne, C. & Anthony, W. A. (2002). The process of recovery from schizophrenia. International Journal of Psychiatry, 14(4), 327-336.

Anthony, W.A. The need for recovery-compatible evidence-based practices. (2001) Mental Health Weekly, 11 (42), 5. Reprinted as: Evidence-based practices suffer without a recovery focus. (2001) Behavioral Health Accreditation and Accountability Alert, 6(12), 6.

Farkas, M.D., Anthony, W.A. (2001). Overview of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Education: Concepts of Training and Skill Development. Rehabilitation Education, 15(2), 119-132.

MacDonald-Wilson, K.L., Nemec, P., Anthony, W.A., & Cohen, M. R. (2001). Functional assessment in psychiatric rehabilitation. In B. Bolton (ed.), Handbook of measurement and evaluation in rehabilitation, 3rd edition, 423-448. Paul H. Brooks.

MacDonald-Wilson, K., Nemec, P., Anthony, W.A., & Cohen, M. Assessment in psychiatric rehabilitation. (2001). In B. Bolton (Ed.) Handbook of measurement and evaluation in rehabilitation, 3rd edition, 423-448. Gaithersburg, MD: Aspen Publications.

MacDonald-Wilson, K.L., Rogers, E.S. & Anthony, W.A. (2001). Unique issues in assessing work functioning among individuals with psychiatric disabilities. Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation, 11(3), 217-232.

Rogers, E.S., Martin, R., Anthony, W., Massaro, J., Danley, K., Crean, T., & Penk, W. (2001). Assessing readiness for change among persons with severe mental illness. Community Mental Health Journal, 37(2), 97-112.

Anthony, W.A. (2000). A recovery-oriented service system: Setting some system level standards. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 24(2), 159-168.

Shern, D., Tsemberis, S., Anthony, W.A., Lovell, A.M., Richmond, L., Felton, C.J., Winarski, J., & Cohen, M.R. (2000). Serving street-dwelling individuals with psychiatric disabilities: Outcomes of a psychiatric rehabilitation clinical trial. American Journal of Public Health, 90(12), 1873-1878.

Anthony, W.A., Brown, M.A., Rogers, E.S., & Derringer, S. (1999). A supported living/supported employment program for reducing the number of people in institutions. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 23(1), 57-61.

Anthony, W.A., Cohen, M.R., & Farkas, M. (1999). The future of psychiatric rehabilitation. International Journal of Mental Health, 28(1), 48-68.

Cohen, M. R., Anthony, W. A., et al. (1997). Assessing and developing readiness for psychiatric rehabilitation. Psychiatric Services, 48(5), 644-646.

Anthony, W. A. (1996). Integrating psychiatric rehabilitation into managed care. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 20(2), 39-44.

Anthony, W. A. (1996). Managed care case management for people with serious mental illness. Behavioral Healthcare Tomorrow, 67-69.

Anthony, W.A. (1996). Community support systems: Lessons for managed care. Boston: Boston University Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation.

Anthony, W. A., Rogers, E. S., et al. (1995). Relationship between psychiatric symptomatology, work skills, and future vocational performance. Psychiatric Services, 46(4), 353-358.

Anthony, W. A. (1993). Managed mental health care: Will it be rationed care or rational care? Psychosocial Rehabilitation Journal, 16(4), 120-123.

Anthony, W. A (1993). Programs that work: Issues of leadership. The Journal, 4(2), 51-53.

Anthony, W. A. (1993). Recovery from mental illness: The guiding vision of the mental health service system in the 1990s. Psychosocial Rehabilitation Journal, 16(4), 11-23.

Anthony, W. A. (1992). Psychiatric rehabilitation: Key issues and future policy. Health Affairs, 11(3), 164-171.

Anthony, W. A., Howell, J., et al. (1991). Researching the unresearchable! Psychosocial Rehabilitation Journal, 14(3), 1.


  • Recipient of the ARCA Research Award (2007)
  • Recipient of the Dr. Albert J. Solnit Award (2007)
  • Recipient of the Ken Book Award (NYC NAMI) (2003)
  • Recipient of the American Association of Psychosocial Rehabilitation (AAPR) Fordyce Aware in Psychiatric Rehabilitation (2002)
  • Recipient of the Outstanding Psychologist Award from The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (2002)
  • Recipient of the American Psychiatric Association’s van Ameringen Award in Psychiatric Rehabilitation (1996).

  • Recipient of the IAPSRS John Beard Award (1995).
  • Recipient of the Distinguished Service Award of the President of the United States (1992).
  • Recipient of the American Psychological Association’s (Division of Rehabilitation Psychology) Roger Barker Distinguished Research Award (1989).
  • Recipient of the American Rehabilitation Counseling Association’s Distinguished Professional Award (1989).
  • Recipient of the Distinguished Services Award from the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (1988).  Upon presenting the award Laurie Flynn, NAMI Executive Director stated, “His efforts challenge outdated ideas which limit the potential of mentally ill people.  The innovative programs created through Bill Anthony’s leadership offer hope and opportunity.”


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