Marianne Farkas, ScD

Director of Training, Dissemination and Technical Assistance

Dr. Farkas has been and is currently the Co-Principal Investigator of the Research and Training Center and Professor in Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at Boston University for over 25 years. She has authored and co-authored over 100 articles in professional journals, 4 textbooks, over 15 book chapters and 7 multi-media training packages.

For more than 30 years, Dr. Farkas has worked in various capacities in the field of psychiatric rehabilitation, and recovery. Among her many roles providing training, research and consultation, Dr. Farkas was in charge of the World Health Organization Collaborating Center in Psychiatric Rehabilitation, providing training, consultation and research expertise to the W.H.O. network, serving as the Vice President of the World Association for Psychosocial Rehabilitation (WAPR) and President of the National Association of Rehabilitation Research and Training Centers (NARRTC). She has developed training, consultation and organizational change methodologies to support programs and integrative systems in their efforts to adopt psychiatric rehabilitation and recovery innovations around the globe. She is a Visiting Professor of Social Studies at Hanze University, Netherlands and Malmo University, Sweden and among other duties, was on a Research Advisory Committee at King’s College, London, England investigating methods facilitating the recovery of individuals with serious mental illnesses. Her past grant experiences have ranged from helping the core disciplines develop curriculum for pre service programs in Nursing, Psychiatry, Psychology and Social Work to co-leading an effort to create standards of evidence for disability research and a process for translating the research into practice tools across disability fields. She has served on Training Committees and Committees on Serious Mental Illnesses in both APA’s (i.e. American Psychological and American Psychiatric Associations).

As an educator, Dr. Farkas received Boston University’s Award of Merit; the International Association of Psychosocial Rehabilitation Services John Beard Award for innovations in the field; the Lifetime Achievement Award (NYAPRS) as well as the National Commendation Award from the National Association of Rehabilitation Research and Training Centers for “pioneering scientific advances that have helped transform research on mental health and rehabilitation systems and being at the forefront of a paradigm shift that has helped practitioners, families, and society, as a whole, to see capacity and potential in people who were once perceived to be beyond hope”.

Areas of Expertise

  • Scaling up employment interventions.
  • Transformation of mental health programs and systems to promote recovery across cultures and countries.
  • Identifying and assessing ingredients of recovery oriented mental health services.
  • Using Evidence Based Practice, Promising Practices in recovery oriented programs.
  • Developing and evaluating programs and services in recovery and psychiatric rehabilitation.
  • Training personnel at all levels, people with lived experience and families in recovery and psychiatric rehabilitation practices (in-service/pre-service).
  • Incorporating people with lived experience and their input into program and systems development.
  • Developing Personal Assistance Services for individuals with psychiatric disabilities.
  • Developing academic programs and curricula in recovery and rehabilitation.
  • Knowledge Translation, bridging science to practice.

Selected Publications

Farkas, M., Anthony, W.A., Montenegro, R., Gayvoronskaya,E. (2016) Person Centered Psychiatric Rehabilitation. In J. Messich, M. Botbol, G. Christodolou, R.Cloninger & I. Salloum (eds) Person Centered Psychiatry. Switzerland: Springer International Pub., 277-291.

Lyman, R., Kurtz, M., Farkas, M.,George, P., Dougherty, R., Daniels, A., Ghose, S., Delphn-Rittmon, M. ( 2014) , Skill Building: Assessing the Evidence. Psychiatric Services, 65, 6, 727-38.

Le Boutillier, C., Slade, M., Lawrence, V., Bird, V., Chandler, R., Farkas, M., Harding, C. et al. (2014)   Competing Priorities: Staff Perspectives on Supporting Recovery. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research , 08/2014; DOI: 10.1007/s10488-014-0585-x

Matthews, L., Farkas, M., Medway, M., Tayler, N. (2014). Psychiatric Disability, Recovery and Family. In Michael Millington & Irma Marini (eds). Families in Rehabilitation Counseling. A Community Approach. Springer. 131-152.

Slade, M., Amering, M., Farkas, M., Hamilton4, B., O’Hagan M.,Panther. G., Perkins, R., Shepherd, G., Tse, S., Whitley, R.( 2014) Uses and abuses of recovery: implementing recovery-oriented practices in mental health systems. World Psychiatry, 13(1), 12-20.

Farkas, M. (2013) Recovery orientierung in Institutionen verankern. In C. Burr, M. Schultz, A. Winter, G. Zuaboni ( eds). Recovery in der praxis: Voraussetzungen, Interventionen, Projekte. Koln: Psychiatrie Verlag. 78-89.

Farkas, M., Forbess, R. & Bradford, W. (2013) Recovery Facilitating Service Planning: An Interdisciplinary Responsibility. In K. Yeager, D. Cutler, D. Svendsen & G. Sills, (eds). Modern Community Mental Health Work: An Interdisciplinary Approach New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Farkas, M. & Anthony, W.A. (2010). Psychiatric Rehabilitation Interventions: A Review. International Review of Psychiatry, April 2010; 22(2): 114–129

Farkas, M. and Anthony, W.A. (2007). Bridging science to service: The rehabilitation research and training center program. Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development, vol. 44, no.6, 879 – 892.

Farkas, M. (2007) The vision of recovery today: What it is and what it means for services. World Psychiatry 6:2, 1 – 7.

Selected Awards

National Commendation 2005 for Service to the Field
National Associations of Rehabilitation Research Training Centers

Lifetime Achievement Award 2004
New York International Association for Psychosocial Rehabilitation Services

Selected Recent Presentations

2013.  Chair, State of the Science Meeting: Disability Policy and Employment for Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities.  Washington D.C.

2013.  Plenary Speaker “Choices: The challenge and foundation of recovery facilitating services and interventions.”  Haifa University.

2012.  Presentation: “Peer Involvement in Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Recovery.” Round Table on Good Practices and Psychosocial Rehabilitation, “Psychosocial Rehabilitation in an Economic Crisis: New Practices for Emerging Needs,” WAPR, Athens, Greece.

2012.  Presentation on “Infusing recovery principles and competencies into behavioral health agencies.” Policy Academy, BRSS-TACs, Reston, VA USA.

2012.  Plenary address: “Le Retablissement: Qu’est ce que ca change?” Institut Universitaire en santé mental de Quebec, Colloque, May, 2012.

2012.  “Workforce Competencies for a Recovery Oriented System.” The World Association for Psychosocial Rehabilitation, “RECOVERY – hva innebærer det for psykisk helsearbeid,” Bergen, Norway, June 2012.

2012. Farkas. & Rogers, E. S.  Knowledge transfer process for systematic reviews: Grading research quality for stakeholder organizations. Presentation at NARRTC Conference, Alexandria, VA.

2012.  Plenary Address: “Recovery e riabilitazione psichiatrica: a che punto ci troviamo?” Istituto di ricovero e cura a caracterre scientifico, Fatebenefratelli, San Giovanni di Dio, Brescia, Italy.

2011.  Chair and speaker, symposium.  Consumers, providers and others’ right to know: Getting research information used. 36th Annual USPRA Conference, Boston, MA.

2011.  Keynote.  Improving employment outcomes for individuals with psychiatric disabilities. A Day of Work Conference, Toronto, Canada.

2011.  Speaker. The good, the bad and the ugly: Are stakeholder associations the best vehicle for bridging the research-to-practice gap? NARRTC Conference, Washington, DC.

2011.  Plenary address:  “Supporting the Recovery Journey:  The Role of Culture, Family, and Community.” PSR Canada Annual Conference, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.

2011.  Plenary address: “Recovery from mental illnesses: An imperative with or without resources.” World Federation of Mental Health Conference, Cape Town, South Africa, October.

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