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Carol T. Mowbray
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Carol T. Mowbray

Carol T. Mowbray, University of Michigan Professor of Social Work and Associate Professor of Psychology died on August 23, 2005, of cancer.

Professor Mowbray earned her B.S. in psychology and mathematics in 1970 and her M.S. in psychology in 1971from Tufts University. She received her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from the University of Michigan in 1975.

She was the Co-Director of the School of Social Work's Center for Poverty, Risk, and Mental Health. From 1996-2001, she was the U-M SSW Associate Dean of Research. Her nationally and internationally cited research and many publications focused on community integration and recovery for adults with serious mental illnesses. She also helped to develop a special emphasis on women who are mentally ill (especially mothers and their children). She developed and evaluated the effectiveness of interventions for disadvantaged mentally ill populations, focusing especially on consumer-run and supported education programs in various locations.

"Carol was one of the profession's intellectual giants," said Paula Allen-Meares, Professor and Dean of the School of Social Work." One of her most notable contributions is that she designed and conducted the only experimental trial of supported education - an intervention designed to assist adults whose postsecondary education was interrupted due to mental illness.

For nearly a decade, Professor Mowbray was the Director of Research and Demonstration Projects for the Bureau of Program Development. She was a tireless advocate of psychosocial rehabilitation, especially supported education, and a willing and capable mentor to countless doctoral students, junior faculty members and colleagues during her career. "Carol's focus on psychosocial rehabilitation grew from the idea that everyone, regardless of disability, can have a productive role in the life of the community," said colleague and friend Mark Holter, Assistant Professor of Social Work at U-M. "This is completely congruent with Carol's well-deserved reputation for mentoring colleagues and students. In recognition of her important research contributions and her mentoring, Carol was deeply respected by mental health researchers from around the world." Dr. Mowbray was also known for her amazing mentoring abilities, in part because of her willingness to mentor professionals who have serious mental illnesses. Just as she worked to cultivate positive change in research populations, she energetically offered her expertise to future generations of mental health researchers.

Professor Mowbray was a prolific author, contributing more than 130 scientific articles, chapters, and books. The recipient of numerous honors and awards over the course of her career, Professor Mowbray was honored most recently as the 2005 recipient of the American Psychological Association's (APA) Harold Hildreth Award. The award is given annually to a senior professional whose career and accomplishments embody the highest principles of public service. In addition, the U.S. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association announced recently that its Early Career Research Award has been renamed the Carol T. Mowbray Award.

She is survived by two sons, Orion and Nicholas. She was preceded in death by her husband, Sherman Mowbray.

Submitted by the Department of Psychology