Marianne Farkas, ScD
Dr. Farkas is a professor (clinical) at Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at Boston University. She has authored or co-authored more than 150 journal articles and book chapters, four textbooks, and 10 multimedia training packages for professionals and peers.
As one of the founding members of the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation under the direction of Dr. William A. Anthony, Dr. Farkas has worked in various capacities in the field of psychiatric rehabilitation and recovery. William Anthony, Marianne Farkas, and colleagues contributed to developing the knowledge base and competencies that make up the field of psychiatric rehabilitation. Dr. Farkas is currently contributing to 5-year federal grants on various topics, including Rehabilitation Research and Training Center; Integrated Scaling Up Approach for Employment Interventions; and Knowledge Translation Center on Employment Research and Preventing and Addressing Multiple Stigma and Prejudice in the Workplace for People with Psychiatric Disabilities.
Dr. Farkas has developed innovative training, consultation, and organizational change strategies and initiatives to support programs and systems in their efforts to adopt psychiatric rehabilitation and recovery innovation, both in the United States and in more than 25 countries. She is a member of several international advisory boards; serves as the president-elect for the World Association of Psychosocial Rehabilitation (WAPR); was a past president of the National Association of Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (NARRTC); previously served as the immediate chair of the International Network of Recovery Colleges; and was a member of the W.H.O. Expert Panel on Rehabilitation and Schizophrenia and a peer reviewer for numerous professional journals, among other roles.
Dr. Farkas has been recognized with multiple awards from the field as an educator, innovation leader and advocate/researcher, including a Lifetime Achievement Award from NYAPRS. She received the National Commendation Award from NARRTC for “pioneering scientific advances that have helped transform research on mental health and rehabilitation systems and being at the forefront of a paradigm shift that has helped practitioners, families, and society, as a whole, to see capacity and potential in all people, including those with psychiatric disabilities.”