Project Staff

This project is coordinated by these staff members from HSC of Peoria, Chestnut Health Systems and the University of Chicago; as well as their support staff.

Mike Kennedy, is President and Chief Executive Officer for HSC. Mike joined HSC in 1976. He oversees the clinical and administrative programs for mental health and substance abuse programs of HSC. Since being promoted to president in 2014, Mike's interest has been in the development of clinical and administrative skills of the direct service and supervisory staff.

Mike has a wide range of experience within HSC and has worked as an activity therapist in a day treatment program, live-in manager at a residential facility, direct service provider and supervisor of a community-based crisis program for youth, and a prevention specialist for adolescents. He received a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's degree in special education.

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William L. White, M.A., is a Senior Research Consultant at Chestnut Health Systems / Lighthouse Institute where he pursues his interests in clinical research, training and writing. He has authored more than 80 articles and monographs and 10 books, including Slaying the Dragon: The History of Addiction Treatment and Recovery in America. He has worked in the addiction's field for more than 30 years and has been conducting training in psychiatric and addiction treatment settings on the topics of dual diagnosis and multiple-problem clients/families for the past 16 years.

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Patrick Corrigan, Psy.D., is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Chicago where he directs the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation, a clinical, research, and training program for persons with severe mental illness and their families. Dr. Corrigan is also principal investigator and director of the Chicago Consortium for Stigma Research, an NIMH-funded collaboration among six Chicago academic institutions examining the stigma of mental illness. He has published more than 100 articles as well as seven books including Don't Call Me Nuts: Coping with the Stigma of Mental Illness with Bob Lundin. He is also editor-in-chief of the journal, Psychiatric Rehabilitation Skills. More can be learned about Dr. Corrigan at:

Russell J. Hagen, M.A., is Chief Executive Officer of Chestnut Health Systems, a provider of a comprehensive array of behavioral health care services including mental health, substance abuse, employee assistance programs and applied behavioral health care research. Russ has 27 years of experience as both a direct service provider and administrator. Russ's interests include knowledge transfer from research to practice while improving the quality, effectiveness and efficiency of care.