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

Who We Are

The Center is a research, training, and service organization dedicated to improving the lives of persons who have psychiatric conditions.

About Us


Learn about our founder, a timeline of our milestones, and our past 40 years of service.

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About our Founder

Learn about our founding Executive Director, William A. Anthony, Ph.D.

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Staff & Facilities

Get to know our center and some of the faces you’ll see here.

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What We Do

The Center is organized into 4 divisions: Research; Training, Dissemination & Technical Assistance; Services; and Operations. Each division is led by its own Director. The Center as a whole is run by the Executive Director, Dori Hutchinson.

Our work is guided by the most basic of rehabilitation values, that first and foremost, persons with psychiatric conditions have the same goals and dreams as any other person. Our mission is to increase the likelihood that they can achieve these goals by improving the effectiveness of people, programs, and service systems using strategies based on the core values of recovery and rehabilitation. We conduct research studies, we deliver services, and provide training and technical assistance to mental health programs, nationally and internationally, that wish to deliver recovery-oriented services.

We do not diagnose, prescribe medications or provide therapies. Instead, we provide comprehensive services and programs that teach people critical skills and assist them to gather essential supports that promote thriving and success in their valued roles as students, workers, and citizens.

CPR Centers

Rehabilitation Research & Training Center

The Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) is jointly funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research and the Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration for a five year period. Its mandate is to focus on a specific area of disability, develop new knowledge and translate that knowledge into usable tools for stakeholders. The RRTC is divided into two components: the Research Program and the Training, Dissemination, and Technical Assistance Program. Each component is comprised of specific projects. CPR has had an RRTC since 1979.

Recovery Center

Guided by the non-negotiable values of personhood, choice, self-determination, and respect, people who have been diagnosed with a serious mental health condition are invited to collaborate with staff, many of whom self-identify as recipients of mental health services, to engage in wellness, resiliency, and recovery education. Services are delivered using education as a framework as it immediately gives people a valued role that of a student, rather than a patient, consumer, client, or a diagnosis. The outcome of Recovery is a given here. It is not debatable or an outside possibility. We are not a traditional clinical environment, but we maintain the highest ethical standards. We share power with our students, have high expectations and learn with our students as we support their quest to be full citizens as healthy adults.

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Wellness & Recovery

Learn more about our Services divisions, the different programs we offer, and which one might be right for you.

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Our Research Division uses a variety of approaches such as randomized trials, surveys, and qualitative methods.

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Training and Consultation

Our training and dissemination division is designed to help bridge science and practice—and practice to science.

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How We Work

Since its inception, the Center has been guided by the same mission, values and goals.

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