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Otto Wahl, PhD


Psychology Department

East Hall 117E

Personal Website

PhD   University of Pennsylvania   |   BA   Wesleyan University

Otto Wahl’s work includes numerous research articles and presentations related to stigma and to media depictions of mental illnesses. He is the author of Media Madness: Public Images of Mental Illness (about the media portrayal of mental illness) and Telling Is Risky Business: Mental Health Consumers Confront Stigma (documenting the experiences of people with mental illnesses). Dr. Wahl also serves as an advisor to several organizations involved in public education about mental illnesses, such as the National Stigma Clearinghouse. He has been a consultant for the Center for Mental Health Services Resource Center to Address Discrimination and Stigma (ADS Center). He has also served on the Advisory Board of the Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism and is a current member of the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Legal Rights Project. Dr. Wahl has been the recipient of numerous awards for his efforts to combat the stigma of mental illness, including the Patient Advocacy Award from the American Psychiatric Association and the Eli Lilly Welcome Back Award for Destigmatization. For more information about Dr. Wahl’s work, go to his website at That site also includes information about resources for reducing discrimination and stigma experienced by people with mental illnesses.