President's New Freedom
Daniel B. Fisher, M.D., Ph.D.
Dr. Daniel Fisher is a staff psychiatrist at Riverside Community Mental Health Center in Wakefield, Massachusetts. He has worked as a board-certified psychiatrist for 25 years in a variety of inpatient and community settings such as a state hospital, day treatment center, outpatient clinics, and elderly housing. He was Medical Director for a community mental health center for 12 years.
He also is a Co-Director of the National Empowerment Center in Lawrence, Massachusetts, a consumer-run Research, Training, and Information Center, which he helped found in 1992. Based on their research, he and Co-Director Laurie Ahern have developed the Empowerment Model of Recovery. They also have designed a training program based on the empowerment model, called the Personal Assistance in Community Existence(PACE)/Recovery Program. The purpose of the PACE/Recovery Program is to inspire and educate the mental health system and the public to view mental illness in a positive light, and to help all involved in these crises to understand that through hope, self-determination, and believing in the person, people can recover. Dr. Fisher and Ms. Ahern have brought their message of recovery to the public through print, television and radio news. Dr. Fisher is the co-recipient (along with Ms. Ahern) of the National Mental Health Association's 2002 Clifford Beers Award for Advocacy. He also helped found the Ruby Rogers Center for Advocacy and Peer Support in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Dr. Fisher spent five years doing neurochemical research at the National Institute of Mental Health from 1968 to 1973. He studied the enzymes which control the synthesis of the neurotransmitters dopamine and serotonin. He published several papers and chapters in books on these topics. During this period, Dr. Fisher was labeled with schizophrenia and hospitalized several times.
He is among the few psychiatrists in the country who openly discusses his recovery from mental illness. His involvement in advocacy and peer support have played a vital role in his recovery.
Dr. Fisher obtained an M.D. from George Washington University Medical School in 1976 and completed his Residency in Psychiatry at a Harvard teaching program at Cambridge Hospital. He earned a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin in 1968 and an A.B. in Biology from Princeton University in 1965.
Dr. Fisher lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts with his wife and two college-age