AUSTIN, Texas—On September 8, 2014, the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health will be live-streaming the plenary speeches from its 18th biennial Robert Lee Sutherland Seminar, “The State of Mental Health Recovery: Research, Training, and Practice.” The live-stream will be available at

The speakers—Patricia Deegan, Annelle Primm, Larry Davidson, and Chacku Mathai—are nationally recognized experts in the field of mental health recovery.

“These aren’t just the stars in the field. They’re profoundly humane, wise people, who speak from the heart,” said Dr. Octavio N. Martinez, Jr., executive director of the Hogg Foundation and vice president for diversity and community engagement at The University of Texas at Austin. “To have them all together, in the same place on the same day, presents a rare opportunity for anyone interested in the topic of recovery.”

The schedule of the live-stream is:

Welcome & Opening Remarks
Michele Guzmán, PhD

Octavio N. Martinez, Jr., MD, MPH, MBA
“You Can’t Be Person-Centered Without Being Recovery-Oriented”

Patricia Deegan, PhD
KEYNOTE ADDRESS: “Personal Medicine, Power Statements, and Other Disruptive Innovations”

Annelle Primm, MD, MPH
“Transforming the Mental Health Workforce Through Recovery to Practice”

Larry Davidson, PhD
“What Everyone Needs to Know About the Evidence Base for Mental Health Recovery”

Chacku Mathai, CPRP
“The Evolving Role of Peer Support in Health Care”

More about the speakers:

Keynote speaker Dr. Patricia Deegan, who draws on her own perspective of recovery from schizophrenia as
a teenager, is the creator of CommonGround, a web-based application that helps consumers prepare for visits with mental health practitioners in order to better advocate for their treatment and recovery. She is also an Adjunct Professor at Dartmouth College School of Medicine and Boston University, Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Services.

Dr. Annelle Primm is the Deputy Medical Director and director of the Office of Diversity and Health Equity for the American Psychiatric Association. As a part of the APA/AACP Recovery to Practice Project Team, she serves as the RTP Director of the APA.

Dr. Larry Davidson serves as the director of the Program for Recovery and Community Health and is a professor of psychology at Yale University School of Medicine. He is also the project director of the SAMHSA Recovery to Practice Initiative.

Chacku Mathai is the director of systems transformation initiatives for NAMI. His personal experiences as a youth and young adult in mental health and addiction recovery in New York launched Chacku and his family toward a number of efforts to advocate for improved services and alternative supports in the community.

For those interested in participating in the conversation on Twitter, the hashtags are going to be #RLS18 and #recovery.