Meet the Board
NAMI National Board of Directors
Fred Frese was first diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia while serving in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1966. During the following decade, Fred was involuntarily hospitalized for this condition in various military, state, county, Veterans, and private hospitals in Florida, Alabama, Maryland, Wisconsin, Texas, and in Ohio, where he was judicially determined to be insane person and committed to the local public psychiatric hospital in the summer of 1968.
Although his court commitment occurred over 35 years ago, Fred has yet to receive official notification that he has been restored to sanity. He is sure this must be an oversight.
In that Fred has at least three younger family members who have also been diagnosed with and hospitalized for schizophrenia, he suspects that genes for this condition may run in his, the Frese-Sullivan, family.
Despite his disability, during the past three decades Fred has been able to function as a psychologist and an administrator, serving mentally ill persons in Ohio. Since retiring from the Ohio mental health system where he served as Director of Psychology at Western Reserve Psychiatric Hospital during his final 15 years, he has coordinated the Summit County Recovery Project, assisting persons in recovery from mental illness to integrate into the vocational and social framework of greater Akron, Ohio.
Fred Frese is a graduate of Tulane University where he majored in Psychology. He also is a graduate of the American Graduate School of International Management in Phoenix, Arizona. Fred also earned masters and doctoral degrees in psychology from Ohio University. Along his checkered path, Fred also took graduate level courses in mathematics and studied law at the University of Akron Law School.
Dr. Frese is currently an Assistant Professor of Psychology in Clinical Psychiatry in the psychiatry departments at both Case Western Reserve University and the Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine (NEOUCOM). At the latter facility Dr. Frese regularly delivers lectures to psychology interns and to 3rd year medical students, as well as to 3rd and 4th year psychiatry residents. Additionally during the past several years Dr. Frese has delivered annual invited lectures at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences Medical School and the George Mason University Law School, both in the Washington D.C. area.
During the past two decades Fred has been increasingly active as a consumer/provider/advocate for the mentally ill. He currently serves on the boards of trustees for the Treatment Advocacy Center, the Irwin Foundation, and NISH, a national organization providing employment for disabled persons, over 40% of whom are mentally ill. Fred was the founding chairperson of the Community and State Hospital Section (for psychologists serving the seriously mentally ill) of the American Psychological Association, and he has served on the APA’s Task Force on Serious Mental Illness and Severe Emotional Disturbance (SMI/SED) since its founding in 1994. In 1999 he received the Hildreth Award, the APA’s highest honor from its Psychologists in Public Service (Division 18). He is a past president of the National Mental Health Consumers’ Association. He is also on the Board of Scientific Advisors for Schizophrenia Bulletin, for which he reviews articles, as he does for Psychiatric Services, Psychiatric Rehabilitation, Psychiatric Rehabilitation Skills, Schizophrenia Digest, Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, and The Journal of Clinical Psychology. In the past he has served on the boards of NAMI - the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill ((1995-2001) - He has remained on the NAMI of Ohio and NAMI of Summit County Boards since 1995.), the American Occupational Therapy Association (1995-1998), and the Ohio Psychological Association (1983-1992). Fred has also been working as a consultant to the National Institute for Mental Health, for NIMH’s National Collaborative Study of Early Psychosis and Suicide (NCSEPS) and the neurocognition section of NIMH’s Measurement and Treatment Research to Improve Cognition in Schizophrenia (MATRICS) Committee. Fred has also been working with the U. S. Veterans Administration, serving on the VA’s National Psychosis Algorithm Committee and on its Seriously and Chronically Mentally Ill (SCMI) Committee. Additionally, Fred has testified numerous times before the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives on issues involving mental illness.
Dr. Fred Frese is the editor of the volume, The Role of Organized Psychology in Treatment of the Serious Mentally Ill, (Jossey-Bass, 2000). He is also the author of numerous articles, chapters and “forwards” in books on mental illness, and has lectured widely in the United States, Canada, and Japan. Fred has been featured in The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, The Wall Street Journal and on CNN, NPR, ABC World News Tonight, Nightline’s Up Close, and in the documentary film, I’m Still Here: The Truth About Schizophrenia. Fred and his wife of 25 years, Penny (Penelope A. Frese, Ph.D.), have produced several widely distributed training videos on various aspects of living with mental illness.
Fred and Penny Frese live in Hudson, Ohio and are the proud parents of four adult children.
Visit Fred's Website: www.fredfrese.com