Chicago Consortium for Stigma Research
The stigma surrounding mental illness can compound problems experienced by sufferers, causing discrimination and limiting the opportunities of those in recovery. The study of stigma, especially the stigma of mental illness, is the focus of the Chicago Consortium for Stigma Research (CCSR). The Consortium is comprised of faculty from eight Chicago-area universities--experts in the fields of psychology, psychiatry, social work, survey research, law, sociology, human development and the humanities--with IIT College of Psychology Professor Patrick Corrigan as principle investigator. The CCSR aims to bridge the goals of research on mental illness stigma with the strength of theories and methods developed by social psychology, enhancing the external validity of these studies through its grounding in basic principles of field research.