Marissa Sicley-Rogers, Psy.D., is a 2017 graduate of the Psy.D. Program in Clinical Psychology at Antioch University, New England

Dissertation Committee:

  • Martha Straus, PhD, Committee Chair
  • Theodore Ellenhorn, PhD, Committee Member
  • Cynthia Whitaker, PsyD, Committee Member


schizophrenia, recovery, consumer/survivor, medical model, narrative analysis, first person account

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Recovery from schizophrenia is a widely disputed topic among mental health professionals. In spite of scholarly research supporting improved prognosis in schizophrenia, some mental health professionals maintain the belief that recovery from schizophrenia is impossible. A constructionist paradigm frames an understanding of recovery, and describes how different recovery models of schizophrenia may be integrated. From a qualitative approach, this study explores diagnosed individuals’ personal accounts of recovery from schizophrenia. Narrative research provides a framework for analyzing first person, written accounts of recovery from schizophrenia from a criterion-based sample of 18 participants. The results of the study provide insight into dynamic understandings of recovery from schizophrenia, the process of recovery, and facilitators of, and barriers to, recovery. Themes emerging from this narrative analysis inform a more integrated training model for clinical psychology graduate trainees.


Marissa Sicley-Rogers

ORCID Scholar ID# 0000-0002-7286-273X