Frederick J. Frese, Ph.D. is a psychologist who has specialized in the area of schizophrenia for over forty years. Diagnosed with the condition when he was 25, he has worked tirelessly as a practitioner and advocate for consumers and their families. Dr. Mike Hogan, Chair of the President's New Freedom Commission that is revolutionizing the delivery of mental health services in the United States, has called Fred "a national treasure." A prolific writer and outstanding speaker, revered both for his sense of humor and his remarkable ability to translate research and public policy into usable information, Dr. Frese is often quoted -- and sometimes misquoted.
Dr. Frese was a panelist on PBS's MINDS ON THE EDGE: Facing Mental Illness, which aired October 2009. This video is part of a national initiative that includes extensive web content with tools for civic engagement, active social media on Facebook and Twitter, and an ambitious strategy to engage citizens, professionals in many fields, and policy makers at all levels of government. The goal of the project is to advance consensus about how to improve the kinds of support and treatment available for people with mental illness.