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 Frederick J. Frese III

Frederick J. Frese III, Ph.D. CIT International Board of Directors

Dr. Fred Frese is a Professor of Psychiatry at Northeast Ohio Medical University where he has been employed for 19 years.  Since 1995, he has also been a Clinical faculty member in the Psychiatry Department at Case Western Reserve University. For 3 years he served as the Assistant to the Superintendent at the Junction City Treatment Center (a forensic facility in Ohio), Also, for 3 years he served as a psychologist at the Chillicothe Correctional Institute, also  in Ohio. Fred is a veteran, having served as a combat engineering officer in the Far East and a USMC Security Officer in the U.S. during the Viet Nam War era. Fred left the Marines with the rank of captain.

Since 1995, Dr. Frese has been a member and of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) where he has served as continuously as a board member (NAMI- Summit County, 20 years; NAMI-Ohio, 19 years; NAMI-National, 12 years (six years as a vice-president)). Dr. Frese is also a founding board member of the Treatment Advocacy Center. Dr. Frese is also a consumer, having been diagnosed with, and being under treatment for, schizophrenia.  Dr. Frese says,

“As I often say, in my half century of living with schizophrenia, there has never been a better time to be a person with serious mental illness than today. There is more hope now than ever before.''

 Dr. Frese is a psychologist practicing in Akron.  He has also been a founding member of the American Psychological Association Task Force for the Seriously Mentally Ill and was the founding president of the APA's section for psychologists serving persons with serious mental illness. He has recently been designated as a fellow in the APA. 

Dr. Frese has served as a consultant to the Department of Veterans Affairs, to NIMH, and to SAMHSA's Center for Mental Health Services. He has testified before several congressional committees on mental health service priorities, both at the state and national level. A prolific author and speaker, Dr. Frese has published extensively, and is on the advisory review boards of some ten professional journals, including Schizophrenia Bulletin. He has delivered more than 1000 invited presentations on serious mental illness in some 49 states as well as in Canada, Japan, Australia and Europe. He has appeared on CNN, NPR, PBS, Nightline, the ABC Evening News, and has produced a widely distributed training video about coping with schizophrenia.

While few of us have our own website, even fewer of us have a Wikipedia site.  Dr. Frese has both.  His personal website can be found at: and his Wikipedia website is at: You can read more about Dr. Frese on these sites.

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