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Petra Kottsieper, PhD, Assistant Professor

Dr. Petra Kottsieper joined the clinical psychology faculty of PCOM in July 2008 and has been a full time core faculty member since 2009.   From 1998 to 2002, Dr. Kottsieper coordinated the field based research studies at the University of Pennsylvania, Department of Psychiatry, Center for Mental Health Policy and Services Research (CMHPSR).  She received a master's degree in educational psychology from Temple University in 2000, and received her doctorate in clinical psychology in 2006 from Drexel University, where she specialized in forensic psychology.  She completed a 1-year clinical forensic post-doctoral fellowship at Eastern Virginia Medical School & Eastern State Hospital, and a 2-year research fellowship in psychiatric rehabilitation funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ), Department of Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Counseling Professions, School of Health Related Professions, and the University of Pennsylvania, CMHPSR. 

Dr. Kottsieper's main research interests include forensic psychology, the therapeutic process, mental health services research with specific attention to the mental health system transformation to recovery oriented services, and psychiatric rehabilitation for individuals with psychiatric disabilities.  Dr. Kottsieper is currently collaborating with the Temple Collaborative on a project to measure the reliability of three community participation measures for adults with psychiatric disabilities.

Together with Dr. Mark Salzer, she is also part of an NIMH funded multi-site research grant to establish a Developing Center for Intervention and Services Research (DCISR) on “Adherence and Empowerment: Service Participation and Meaningful Outcomes,” for individuals with psychiatric disabilities.  Information on this center can be found here:

Center on Adherence and Self-Determination (CASD). Please visit the CASD website at http://www.casd1.org.

Dr. Kottsieper teaches in the Clinical PsyD program at PCOM and advises several students on their dissertations, which predominately focus on individuals with psychiatric disabilities and the recovery model, treatment engagement and self determination.  She also directs a research lab at PCOM on the Philadelphia site project for the CASD that new students can join, if they have an interest in this population and topic areas.
Dr. Kottsieper also serves as an ad-hoc reviewer for the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal and the American Journal of Psychiatric Rehabilitation.  In her free time, Petra volunteers at the Animal Care and Control Team (ACCT), the city of Philadelphia animal care and control shelter, and is also a foster parent to adoptable dogs and, occasionally, kittens.

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Kottsieper, P. (2010). Wounded healers need not apply. In P. Swarbrick & L. T. Schmidt (Eds.), People in recovery as providers of psychiatric rehabilitation: Building on the wisdom of experience (296-312). Linthicum, MD: United States Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association. 

Kaplan, K., Kottsieper, P., Scott, J., Salzer, M., & Solomon, P. (2009). Adoption and Safe Families Act state statutes regarding parents with mental illnesses: A review and targeted intervention, Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 33, 91–94.

Kottsieper, P. (2008). Experiential knowledge of serious mental health problems: One clinician and academic's perspective. Journal of Humanistic Psychology.

Draine, J., Blank, A., Kottsieper, P., & Solomon, P. (2005). Contrasting jail diversion and in-jail services for mental illness and substance abuse: Do they serve the same clients?  Behavioral Sciences and the Law, 23, 171-181.

Poster Presentations:

Kaplan, K., Kottsieper, P., Scott, J., Rogers, S., Riesler-Shawl, L., Baily-Null, M., & Salzer, M. (April 2008). Protecting the rights of individuals with psychiatric disabilities by targeting discriminatory legislation.   From Innovations to Practice: The Promise and Challenge of Achieving Recovery for All. Hosted by Boston University, Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Kottsieper, P., Draine, J., Solomon, P., Blank, A., & Heilbrun, K., (April 2003).  Individuals with dual diagnosis who have come into contact with the criminal justice system: Results from the MacArthur violence instrument. Third Annual Meeting of the International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services, Miami Beach, Florida.


Last Updated: 1/20/15