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
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
Center on Adherence and Self-Determination (CASD). Please visit the CASD website at
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
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.
Read our faculty blog.
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.
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,
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.