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NAMI Announces New Center on Practice & Research;
For Immediate Release: December 17, 2001
Arlington, VA - The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) is pleased to announce that Xavier F. Amador, Ph.D. will join its national office in January 2002 as director of NAMI's new national Center on Practice & Research.
Amador is currently director of psychology at the New York State Psychiatric Institute in New York City and an associate professor in the College of Physicians & Surgeons at Columbia University. A clinician and scientist by training, he is the author of I Am Not Sick, I Don't Need Help! Helping the Seriously Mentally Ill Accept Treatment (2000), as well as other books that focus on helping people with serious mental illnesses and their families to optimize recovery. He has pioneered research on poor insight into illness, a.k.a. anosognosia, for the past decade and is an internationally acclaimed expert on it.
"We are thrilled to have Dr. Amador joining our team," said NAMI executive director Richard Birkel, Ph.D. "He brings expertise, energy and real-world perspective to NAMI's vision for the future-investing in partnerships for recovery for people with mental illnesses."
Amador will direct the new Center's efforts to identify the best evidence-based practices for helping people with serious mental illnesses to recover. As both a clearinghouse and technical assistance center, its mission includes:
- Identifying the best science-based practices and services and disseminating that information widely.
- Completion of a "State Report Card" that will identify the relative strengths and weaknesses of mental health services in all 50 States, with the ultimate goal of providing recognition to areas of excellence and facilitating change where improvement is needed.
- Developing evidence-based practices that promote the involvement of consumers and families as key service providers.