Boston University College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College:
Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation

Boston University College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College:
Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation

Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation


At Boston University’s Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation, our work is guided by the most basic of rehabilitation values: that first and foremost, persons with psychiatric disabilities have the same goals and dreams as any other person.

Black Lives Matter

At this anguished time, we would like our colleagues and friends to know that the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation stands firmly with individuals in the Black community as allies to address the pandemic of racism, structural inequalities, and racial discrimination.

In keeping with the Center’s mission and values, we are working to educate ourselves and to develop and implement an anti-racism agenda that will improve the Center as well as our work with mental health programs that serve communities of color.

We want our efforts to be thoughtful, meaningful, and most importantly, sustained.
You can contact us if you have any questions.


Dr. Sally Rogers, Executive Director, appointed an Anti-Racist Taskforce at the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation on June 16, 2020, amid rising calls to address structural and systemic racism within the Center and in the field of psychiatric rehabilitation.

The Center cares deeply about our primary value of personhood and has worked to ensure that it is visible and active in our research, training and services throughout our 41 year history. Therefore, the mission of the Taskforce is to develop a collaborative, intentional, compassionate and transparent path for the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation to become a fully inclusive, equitable, and anti-racist organization. The Task Force will provide action strategies that address intersectionality, that is, the way that multiple forms of injustice, inequality, and discrimination compound each other. We intend to build diversity, equity, inclusion and justice within the Center and for individuals living with mental health conditions.

The Taskforce is comprised of Center staff from all five divisions, as well as past and current students from the Services Division.


The Center is actively working with members of Boston University and Sargent College to manage the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. Please visit our COVID-19 page for more information.

Our mission is to assist individuals with psychiatric conditions to live, learn, work, and socialize in communities of their choice.

Wellness & Recovery

The Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation at Boston University offers a variety of wellness courses that support the treatment, rehabilitation, and recovery efforts of adults and college students alike.

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Research and Evaluation

Researchers design and conduct studies on innovative interventions to enhance our understanding of factors that can positively affect the recovery of persons with psychiatric conditions.

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Training & Consultation

Using a variety of approaches, we create partnerships to help programs and services develop, implement and deliver recovery-oriented services.

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Resources & Information

We provide a variety of resources to educate, inform, and guide individuals wishing to learn more about recovery-oriented services and programs for individuals with psychiatric conditions.

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"Recovery means finding meaning and purpose in life that goes beyond a psychiatric diagnosis..." Bill Anthony, Founder

A recovery-oriented practice focuses on:

  • a person orientation or a focus on people with talents, strengths, aspirations, and the full-human experience
  • partnering and full involvement of individuals with psychiatric conditions in all aspects of our work
  • choice and self-determination
  • hope or a belief in the inherent possibility of growth

(Farkas, Gagne, Anthony, Chamberlin, 2005).

Over the last 40 years, the Center has helped to shift the paradigm in mental health services to a recovery orientation.

The values of hope and personhood... both are essential in recovery.

Learn more about the Center's work:


Collegiate resilience and readiness.

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Recovery Toolkit

Recovery is possible.

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Recovery-oriented materials.

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