Patrick Corrigan

  • Distinguished Professor of Psychology

Patrick Corrigan is Distinguished Professor of Psychology, director of the Center for Health Equity, Education, and Research and core faculty member in the Division of Counseling and Rehabilitation Science. 

Realizing that the benefits of psychiatric services are limited by stigma, he has spent the past two decades broadening his research to the prejudice and discrimination of mental illness. His work has been supported by the National Consortium on Stigma and Empowerment, a collaboration of investigators and advocates from more than a dozen institutions, where he is currently the principal investigator.

Corrigan also extended his research to mental health and social determinants (e.g., ethnicity, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, and age) and corresponding social disadvantage related to poverty, criminal justice involvement, and immigration concerns resulting in the Chicago Health Disparities Center. He also heads projects examining integrated primary and behavioral health care in a health disparities framework.

Corrigan’s group has launched an IIT training program yielding the recovery support specialist certificate for Illinois Tech students. This has led CHEER to have national expertise in the role of formal peer support workers in the mental health system.  All of Corrigan and CHEER’s work is governed by community-based participatory research (CBPR).CHEER also serves asCBPR lead trainers for the Institute for Translational Medicine

He has written more than 500 peer-reviewed articles (h index=143), is editor emeritus of the American Journal of Psychiatric Rehabilitation, and editor of Stigma and Health published by the American Psychological Association. Corrigan has authored or edited twenty books including, most recently,  The Stigma Effect through Columbia University Press.  He is also part of the team that developed the Honest, Open, Proud series of anti-stigma programs. Corrigan was the 2022 recipient of the American Psychological Association Award for Distinguished Contribution to Psychology in the Public Interest. 


Psy.D., Illinois School of Professional Psychology (1989)

M.A., Roosevelt University, Chicago, Clinical Psychology  (1983)

B.D., Creighton University, Physics, (1978)

Research Interests

Stigma and discrimination experienced by people with health conditions and disabilities. Psychiatric disabilities and rehabilitation; Health equity and community based participatory research; Peer services.


Lee, E.-J., Qin, S., Baig, A., Lee, J., & Corrigan, P. (in press). Decision-making about type 2 diabetes mellitus among Koreans. Research in Social Science and Disability.

Corrigan, P., Rüsch, N., Watson, A., Kosyluk, K., & Sheehan, L. (2024). Principles and Practice of Psychiatric Rehabilitation: Third Edition: Promoting Recovery and Self-Determination. Guilford Press. 

Corrigan, P., & Oppenheim, M. (2024). The power of community-based participatory research (CBPR). Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 47(1), 2–8.

Corrigan, P., Twiss, M., Nieweglowski, K., Sheehan, L., & Behaviors for Healthy Lifestyle Community-Based Participatory Research Team. (2024). Recovery and trauma among urban African Americans with serious mental illness. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal.

Qin, S., Corrigan, P., & Lee, E.-J. (2024). Family-centered decision making: A culturally responsive collaborative approach among Asians living in the United States. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal

Rodríguez-Rivas, M. E., Cangas, A. J., Martin, A., Romo, J., Pérez, J. C., Valdebenito, S., Cariola, L., Onetto, J., Hernández, B., Ceric, F., Cea, P., & Corrigan, P. (2024). Reducing Stigma Toward People with Serious Mental Illness Through a Virtual Reality Intervention: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Games for Health Journal, 13(1), 57–64.

Corrigan, P. (2023). Understanding Peerness in Recovery-Oriented Mental Health Care. Psychiatric Services,

Corrigan, P, Nieweglowski, K., Qin, S., Sheehan, L., Puhl, R., & Talluri, S. S. (2023). Weight Self-Efficacy and Recovery Among African-Americans With Serious Mental Illness and High Body

Klein, T., Kösters, M., Corrigan, P., Mak, W. W. S., Sheehan, L., Conley, C. S., Oexle, N., & Rüsch, N. (2023). Does the peer-led Honest, Open, Proud program reduce stigma’s impact for everyone? An individual participant data meta-regression analysis. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 58(11), 1675–1685.

Li, A. C. M., Mak, W. W. S., Chan, K. K. Y., Corrigan, P., Larson, J., Chan, A. F. C., & Chan, C. L. F. (2023). Honest, Open, Proud (HOP) for people with mental illness in Hong Kong: A randomized controlled trial. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology.

Moore, K. E., Johnson, J. E., Luoma, J. B., Taxman, F., Pack, R., Corrigan, P., Hart, J., & Slone, J. D. (2023). A multi-level intervention to reduce the stigma of substance use and criminal involvement: A pilot feasibility trial protocol. Health & Justice, 11(1), 24.

Qin, S., Corrigan, P., Margaglione, M., & Smith, A. (2023). Self-Stigma’s Effect on Psychosocial Functioning Among People With Mental Illness. The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 211(10), 764–771.

Qin, S., Sheehan, L., Yau, E., Chen, Y., Wang, Y., Deng, H., Corrigan, P., & CBPR Team. (2023). Self-Stigma, Secrecy, and Disclosure Among Chinese with Serious Mental Illness. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction

Atashi, A, P. W. Corrigan, S Shakiba, A Pourshahbaz, and Maya Al-Khouja. (2022). “Mental Illness Stigma: The Psychometric Properties of the Persian Version of the Attribution Questionnaire (AQ-27-P).” 

Corrigan, P., Ballentine, S. L., & American Psychiatric Association. (2021). Health and wellness in people living with serious mental illness (First edition.). American Psychiatric Association Publishing. The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 211(10), 735–741.

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