Psychiatric Research and Practice
I have long been interested in questions related to how knowledge is produced, and ought to be produced, in the field of psychiatry. I have written about the application of feminist standpoint theory to the field of psychiatry, asking whether lived experience can underlie the potential for a unique epistemic advantage within psychiatric research, as well as well as how a focus on measuring impact in participatory mental health research can obscure ethical justifications. I am currently exploring historical entanglements and contemporary contrasts between psychedelics and psychosis, as well as how participatory research in psychiatry should be shaped by the field's unique history, its reliance on subjectivity, and the nature of disagreement within the field.
I have also been involved in several qualitative research projects in psychiatry. Two projects I am currently involved include an investigation of the experiences of participants and family members in the community-based mental health program, Parachute, and an exploration of the themes of identity and wellbeing among youth participating in the coordinated care early intervention program, OnTrackNY.
I am also part of a network committed to building service user/survivor research capacities and welcome students with lived experience - in the classroom, as part of research projects, and as graduate students.
Friesen, P. (2019) Expanding Outcome Measures in Schizophrenia Research: Does RDoC Pose a Threat? Philosophy, Psychiatry & Psychology. * winner of the Jaspers Award from the Association for the Advancement of Philosophy of Psychiatry
Friesen, P., Lignou, S., Sheehan, M., Singh, I. (2019) Measuring the Impact of Participatory Research in Psychiatry: How the search for epistemic justifications obscures ethical considerations. Health Expectations. Special Issue: Showcasing Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement in Mental Health Research.
Wusinich, C., Lindy, D., Russell, D., Pessin, N., Friesen, P. (2020) Experiences of Parachute NYC: An Integration of Open Dialogue and Intentional Peer Support, Community Mental Health Journal.
Recent/ Forthcoming Papers:
Friesen, P., Goldstein, J. (2022) Standpoint Theory and the Psy Sciences: Can Marginalization and Critical Engagement Lead to an Epistemic Advantage? Hypatia
Friesen, P., Goldstein, J., Dixon, L. (2021) A ‘Blip in the Road’: Experiences of Identity after a First Episode of Psychosis. Psychosis: Psychological, Social, and Integrative Approaches.
Recent/ Upcoming Talks:
“Psychosis and Psychedelics: Exploring Entanglements and Measurements” (Feb 3rd, 2022) at the Jewish General Hospital Grand Rounds
“Standpoint Theory in the Psy Sciences: The Epistemic Advantage of Lived Experience” (Jan 13th, 2022) for the McGill Psychiatry Interest Group