BIOGRAPHY: LOREN R. MOSHER, M.D.
and raised in
His professional training and experience is extensive and
wide-ranging. He received research
training at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Intramural Research
From 1970 to 1992 he was a collaborating investigator, then Research Director, of the Soteria Project – “Community Alternatives for the Treatment of Schizophrenia”. In this role, he was instrumental in developing and researching an innovative and controversial non-drug, non-hospital, home-like, residential treatment facility for newly identified acutely psychotic persons. At two year follow-up Soteria treated patients had better overall outcomes than those receiving “usual” hospital treatment and neuroleptic drugs. Persons who received no neuroleptic drugs did especially well. In 1990 Dr. Mosher designed and implemented a five-year Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) supported study comparing clinical outcomes and costs of long term seriously mentally ill public-sector clients in Montgomery County Maryland. Patients were randomly assigned (with no psychopathology based exclusion criteria) to a residential alternative to hospitalization or the psychiatric ward of a general hospital (the McPath project). The residential alternative’s clinical program was based on the successful Soteria Project model. Its findings, comparable clinical effectiveness, at much reduced cost, have important acute care implications.
In 1980, while based at the University of
Verona Medical School, Dr. Mosher conducted an in-depth study of
In his legal/psychiatric work Dr. Mosher was expert witness for the plaintiffs in two successful class action suites related to forced medication of psychiatric patients (NJ; Renie vs. Klein, 1978; CA; Jamison vs. Farribee 1983). He was an expert witness for the plaintiffs in four successful class action suites (MD, VA, DC &AZ) against Psychiatric Institutes of America (PIA) and National Medical Enterprises (NME) for medical malpractice and insurance fraud (1994-2001). As a clinician, Dr. Mosher specializes in family and adolescent treatment, community psychiatry program consultation, and staff training.
In addition to over 100 articles and reviews, Dr. Mosher has edited books on the Psychotherapy of Schizophrenia and on Milieu Treatment. His book, Community Mental Health: Principles and Practice, written with his Italian colleague, Dr. Lorenzo Burti, was published by W.W. Norton in 1989. A revised, updated, abridged paperback version, Community Mental Health: A Practical Guide, appeared in 1994. It has been translated into five languages. Most recently he has founded his own consulting company, Soteria Associates, to provide mental health, research and forensic consultation using the breadth of experience described above.
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