Frederick J. Frese III, Ph.D. is a psychologist with over forty years experience in public mental health care and is presently professor of psychiatry at Northeast Ohio Medical University; clinical assistant professor at Case Western Reserve University; and coordinator of the Summit County Recovery Project, serving recovering consumers in the Akron area. For fifteen years, until his retirement in 1995, Fred was Director of Psychology at Western Reserve Psychiatric Hospital.
Dr. Frese is also a consumer, diagnosed with schizophrenia as a young Marine Corps officer. Despite his disability, he was able to gain a degree from the American Graduate School of International Management in Phoenix, AZ; and a doctorate in psychology from Ohio University.
Fred founded the Community and State Hospital Section of the American Psychological Association and is past president of the National Mental Health Consumers’ Association. He served on the Board of Directors of the National Alliance on Mental Illness for 12 years, and is also on the Board of Scientific Advisors for Schizophrenia Bulletin.
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.
Dr. Frese has authored many articles and book chapters and has lectured widely on the subject of schizophrenia.