Patrick Corrigan always knew that he wanted to work in health services, but he didn't like medical school. Following his pre-med studies, he found his way to the Illinois School of Professional Psychology, and to working with people with severe disabilities, which has been the focus of his academic career ever since.
A professor in rehabilitation psychology at the College of Psychology, Corrigan brought to IIT a wealth of practical and research experience. He has been principle investigator at the Chicago Consortium for Stigma Research for more than six years, directing projects devoted to understanding the stigma of mental illness through the application of models developed from basic behavioral research. His work at the College has helped the Rehabilitation Psychology program gain international stature, establishing relationships with partners in China, training Chinese physicians in rehabilitation and developing curriculum for Chinese universities.