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The Psychiatric Education and Research Foundation was established in January of 1990 as a 501(c)(3) charitable, non-profit philanthropic and educational organization to promote the goals of the Southern California Psychiatric Society and its member psychiatrists. Specifically, PER aims to foster the active participation of psychiatrists in our community to improve psychiatric care, increase access to treatment and fight against the destructive effects of stigma and discrimination of persons suffering from psychiatric problems through education and research.

The PER mission is “To build bridges of understanding between psychiatry and the general public through public education, research and community outreach.”

Supporting Research for Children’s Mental Health

Saturday March 21st 2015

The Psychiatric Education and Research Foundation invites you to the PER 2015 Music Educational event featuring a presentation by Richard Kogan, MD. In addition, PER is honoring Former Los Angeles County Supervisor Edmund D. Edelman with The 2015 PER Advocate Award in recognition of his countless contributions to the quality of life of our community.

Richard Kogan has a distinguished career both as a musician and as a psychiatrist. He is renowned for his lecture/recital presentations that explore the role of music in healing and the influence of psychological factors, psychiatric and medical illness on the creative output of composers. Following his past highly successful PER presentations on Beethoven and Schumann, Dr. Kogan is returning for a third time to explore the impact of psychological factors and psychiatric illness on the creative output of the great American composer George Gershwin. His discussion will be illuminated by his piano performances of Gershwin masterpieces including Rhapsody in Blue. You do not want to miss this event.

Read more about Dr. Kogan

Throughout his 30 years in elective office, Ed Edelman fought on behalf of the most vulnerable abused and neglected children, the homeless and the mentally ill. He is credited with the creation of the first County Department of Children and Family Services in the country, the innovative Edmund D. Edelman Children's Court and the Edmund D. Edelman Westside Mental Health Center. Once an accomplished amateur cellist, he is also known for his passionate support of music and the arts. Many of our region’s most beloved cultural venues: the Hollywood Bowl, Disney Hall, the John Anson Ford Theater, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Colburn School of Music, were established or protected through his efforts. Ed’s contributions to our community are legion. Read more about Ed at EdEdelmanDocumentary.com

Date: Saturday March 21st 2015
7:00PM Registration and refreshments
8:00PM Program Begins Light refreshments before & after program

Mt Olive Lutheran Church

1343 Ocean Park Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90405

(ENTRANCE Corner of 14th Street & Ocean Park
Free parking entrance on 14th street)

Event is $75 general admission and $25 for students

(Bring your receipt for faster entry.)

OR Please make checks payable to:
PER Foundation
c/o Southern California Psychiatric Society
2999 Overland Ave. Suite 208
Los Angeles, CA 90064

PER needs your participation to grow. Consider supporting the PER Foundation with your tax deductible contribution by becoming a member at any of the following PER Membership levels:


PER Benefactor:$5,000.00
PER Platinum Sponsor:$2,500.00
PER Gold Sponsor:$1,500.00
PER Silver Sponsor:$1,000.00
PER Bronze Sponsor:$500.00
Sustaining Member of PER:$250.00
Supporter of PER:$150.00
Friend of PER$75.00
Psychiatric Trainees (residents & fellows)$25.00

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Email PER Coordinator Mindy Glazer at MGlazerPERCoord@aol.com for more information.

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The 2014 event at the NPI Semel auditorium was a full house event. It started with Dr Marvin Shouthard's impressive & eloquent introduction of the 2014 PER ADVOCATE and was followed by Professor Elyn Saks’s acceptance of her award. Everyone present was very moved hearing Elyn's compelling story and the many lessons she offered about the road to recovery and to living with mental illness.

The presentation/performance by Dr Kogan that concluded the evening was considered as "stunning" and "exceptional" by those present. His empathic and learned understanding of the role of Robert Schumann's mental illness in his life and in his musical creativity was very moving. Schumann's creative genius was demonstrated by Dr. Kogan's masterful playing of key sections of his music. His tragic end from illness reminded us of the critical role of scientific progress since the 1800s. This was a night of inspired hopefulness because it clearly demonstrated that progress and highlighted the difference in the outcomes of these two geniuses: Schumann & Saks. Their lives present HEROIC examples of living with serious, chronic, recurrent and severe illness. Elyn Saks has clearly benefitted from scientific advances and is able to have a full, creative and productive life because of the gains made since Schumann's time. Nevertheless, it still took her decades of hard work in treatment to correct her distortion – “If I do not take meds, I do not have the illness of Schizophrenia”…

This program clearly illustrated that, ILLNESS is the enemy and that persistence is KEY in any hope of beating it, provided there is access to appropriate, competent care and the much needed family and work support.

Stay tuned for the next PER Educational event.

Maria T Lymberis, MD
PER Founding President

HELP support PER and fund research into children's mental health.