Phyllis Solomon

Phyllis Solomon, PhD

  • Professor
  • Associate Dean for Research
  • Senior Fellow, Center for Public Health Initiatives
  • Faculty Fellow, Ortner Center
  • Faculty Fellow, The Center for High Impact Philanthropy
  • Kenneth L. Pray Chair in Social Policy & Practice
  • Research Interests

    Services, service interventions & service system issues for persons with severe mental illness

    Psychiatric rehabilitation services

    Intersection of criminal justice and mental health system issues

    Families of persons with severe mental illness

    Issues of family violence among families with a relative with severe psychiatric disorder

    Integration of behavioral health and primary care

    Phyllis Solomon, PhD is Professor in the School of Social Policy & Practice and Professor of Social Work in Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania. She is internationally known for her research on clinical services and service system issues related to adults with severe mental illness and their families that includes research on psychiatric rehabilitation programs and intersection of mental health and the criminal justice system. Dr. Solomon has extensively lectured and consulted in Asia, i.e., China, Japan and Korea. In 2015 she delivered the Annual Sidney Ball Lecture at Oxford University. She has edited and co-authored 6 books including two on psychiatric rehabilitation and has over 200 peer reviewed publications as well as more than 36 book chapters.

    Furthermore, she is the recipient of numerous awards including First Place Research Award from the Society for Social Work and Research, Armin Loeb Award for Research in Psychosocial Rehabilitation from the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association, Outstanding Non-Psychiatrist Community Achievement Award given by the American Association of Community Psychiatrists, the Knee/Wittman Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award in Mental Health Policy and Practice from NASW Foundation, Distinguished Career Achievement Award from the Society of Social Work and Research, University Provost Award for PhD Mentoring of Doctoral Students from University of Pennsylvania. Visiting Scholar, University of Western Ontario, Medical School, Department of Psychiatry;  Excellence in Psychiatric Rehabilitation Theory and Practice Award from CareLink Community Support Services; and was the Moses Distinguished Visiting Professorship at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. She was inducted in the first cohort of American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare. Her research has been on the forefront of consumer rights and capabilities, having conducted one of the first and most influential studies on consumer provided mental health services in the 1990s.



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    Research Areas(s)

    Health Equity, Mental Health, Aging

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