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For several years now, SCPS and the PER Board have been very concerned about the psychiatric needs of one of the most underserved and largely forgotten populations in the Los Angeles County public mental health system: children and adolescents. In 2010 the PER Foundation launched a multi-year fund-raising effort to support psychiatric research that will improve mental health treatment outcomes and services for children and adolescent in the public mental health system of our community.

This year we are planning The 2016 PER Educational Program which will build on the success of the 2011, 2012, 2014 & 2015 events and continue to fund the urgently needed vital research directed by Kenneth Wells, M.D. Director of the Semel Institute’s Health Services and Society Center and Bonnie Zima, M.D. UCLA Professor of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.

Current Event

Saturday March 12th 2016
Tchaikovsky: Music & Melancholia

The 2016 PER Music Educational Event
7:30 to 10:00PM
First Presbyterian Church of Santa Monica
1220 2nd Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Admission for PER members and contributors is free
For all others admission to the event is $75.00

The Psychiatric Education and Research Foundation is inviting you, your family & friends to the March 12th 2016 Music Educational event honoring Commissioner Laura Hymowitz with the 2016 PER Advocate Award and featuring the 4th annual Richard Kogan, MD lecture & piano presentation.

For over 10 years, Laura Hymowitz, Commissioner at the LA County Mental Health Court 95, has brought both help and light to countless mental health patients and their families with her empathic and wise rulings. The retired Court 95 Judge Harold Shabo, the Forensic Psychologist Gary Freedman-Harvey, PhD and NAMI Advocate Gail Evanguelidi will be introducing the 2016 PER Advocate. Commissioner Hymowitz is known among NAMI members, as the “Solomon Judge” in recognition of her deeply compassionate and astute understanding of the complexities inherent in mental health cases.

Richard Kogan, the nationally and internationally acclaimed psychiatrist and musician is well known to PER Foundation supporters for his outstanding presentations from his past presentations at the PER music events devoted to Beethoven, Schumann, and Gershwin. Dr. Kogan’s unique blend of engaging lecturing with piano and music illustration, brings to life the emotional and medical/psychiatric factors in the creative work of the famous western composers. This time, Dr. Kogan will focus on the life of the great Russian composer Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky and explore the impact of Tchaikovsky’s moods on the composer’s creative work.

First Presbyterian Church has 3 hours FREE PARKING at STRUCTURE #2 across the street. Click here to view a map.
Registration: 6:30-7:30PM
Program starts: 7:30PM-10:00PM
Light refreshments before & after program
Your 2016 PER membership is your ticket for the event
You MUST pre-register to attend thru the PER website
For questions email Ms Glazer.

Looking forward to seeing you there
Maria T. Lymberis, MD
PER Founding President

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: $100.00

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Previous Events

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 and $25

Event Location Map

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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.

Saturday March 29th 2014

Schumann, Music, Moods and Madness
A Performance and Presentation by Dr. Richard Kogan

The Psychiatric Education & Research Foundation invites you to come experience an evening of great music, learn how in the past brain/mind problems negatively impact the life of one of the most creative musicians and the reality of our time when resilience and effective treatment can triumph.

The program features two outstanding professionals:

Dr. Richard Kogan the distinguished psychiatrist and concert pianist is returning for an ENCORE to present his unique lecture performance of the music of composer Robert Schumann and the impact of Schumann’s disturbed moods on his work and life. Cellist Yo-Yo Ma noted that this presentation is “a rich multidimensional profile revealing some of the most intimate sources of Robert Schumann's enormous creativity, imagination and artistry”.

Read more about Dr. Kogan

Elyn R. Saks, the distinguished Professor of Law & Psychiatry at USC, will be accepting the 2014 PER Advocate Award. Professor Saks is an expert in mental health law, a psychoanalyst and a person with Schizophrenia. Her 2007 autobiography The Center Cannot Hold became an award-winning best-seller. Her book detailing her long journey of learning to understand and live with her Schizophrenia, serves as an inspiration and living proof that a full productive life is now possible not only for those with all the known medical problems but also with brain/mind problems.

See her faculty profile page and the Saks Institute home page.

The PER Foundation is honored to have the Director of the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, Marvin J. Southard, introduce Professor Elyn R. Saks.

This PER Foundation program is co sponsored by:

UCLA Department of Psychiatry
UCLA Center for Health Services and Society
NAMI Westside LA
Southern California Psychiatric Society
The Art of Psychiatric Medicine Committee of the SCPS
7:00PM Registration and refreshments
8:00PM Program Begins

UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute (NPI) Auditorium

Semel Institute
NPI Auditorium
760 Westwood Plaza
Los Angeles, CA, 90024

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The 2012 Educational Event Sponsored by The PER Foundation

Invites you to a highly unusual and exceptional program:

Beethoven: Creative Genius and Psychiatric Illness
Performance & Talk by Richard Kogan, M.D.

SATURDAY, APRIL 14, 2012 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
200 S Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012

In addition, on this occasion the PER ADVOCATE AWARD will be presented to
Sharon Dunas, MFT, President National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) L.A. County & Westside L.A.

Richard Kogan, M.D. is a gifted concert pianist and practicing psychiatrist. The Artistic Director of the Weill Cornell Music & Medicine Program, Dr. Kogan is a graduate of Harvard Medical School and the Juilliard School of Music. For over 10 years, Dr. Kogan has been playing piano for audiences nationally and internationally, while masterfully detailing the life and psychic suffering of famous musicians. His performances humanize mental illness while deepening our understanding of the creative role that music plays in life.

For more information see the write up by Lloyd Sederer, M.D.

Richard Kogan on YouTube

In recent years, the SCPS, individual psychiatrists and the PER Board have become very concerned about the unmet psychiatric needs of one of the most underserved and largely forgotten populations in the Los Angeles County public mental health system: children and adolescents. The PER Foundation is pleased to announce the first phase of a multi-year fund-raising effort in support of psychiatric research that will improve mental health services and outcomes for children and adolescent in the public mental health system of our community.

This second PER Fundraiser will build on the success of last year’s fundraiser and continue the support of urgently needed vital research directed by Kenneth Wells, M.D. Director of the Semel Institute’s Health Services and Society Center and Bonnie Zima, M.D. UCLA Professor of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.

The 2011 Educational Event Sponsored by The PER Foundation



A film by Percy Adlon & Felix Adlon
Both Directors in attendance

7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. (Registration opens 7:00 p.m.).

“Mahler on the Couch” is based on Gustav Mahler’s life, and depicts his marriage, his despair and his consultations with Sigmund Freud. The film masterfully interweaves themes of death, reactions to loss, depression, sexuality, betrayal and feminine strivings for empowerment and personhood. A surprise hit at the Los Angeles Film Festival, described by The Hollywood Reporter as “delightful, witty, artistically vigorous and occasionally loony fantasia about Vienna's cultural elite 100 years ago.”

For more than 20 years, the PER Foundation has funded projects that address the psychiatric needs of our community, focusing on improving patient care through education and research. Now PER is launching a fundraiser on April 7th 2011 with the widely acclaimed movie “Mahler on the Couch” to initiate a campaign to fund research to improve mental health outcomes for children & adolescents in the public sector in our underserved communities.

PER Educational Events - The 2011 Launch

For more than 20 years, the PER Foundation has funded projects that addressed the psychiatric needs of our community, focusing on improving patient care through education and research.

On April 7th 2011 PER celebrated 20 years of service by launching its fundraising multiyear campaign featuring the highly acclaimed film “MAHLER on the COUCH” at the JAMES BRIDGES THEATER at the UCLA Campus. The film directors Percy Adlon & Felix Adlon were present and talked about their work.

The PER Board selected, as our partner in this project, the Semel Institute’s Health Services and Society Center, directed by Dr. Kenneth Wells. That Center includes the NIMH Partnered Research Center (UCLA, RAND, and USC), the Research Center for Public Mental Health (DMH, UCLA, USC) and Media and Medicine for Communities. PER values its partnership with The UCLA Center of Society & Culture and its Director of Research UCLA Professor Kenneth Wells, M.D. Dr. Wells was present at the Mahler event, spoke about the Center and the urgent need for research funding during this severe economic recession at the very time when the clinical psychiatric needs of members of our community are so pressing.

All who attended praised the movie noted that it was “very enjoyable” and worth all of the positive press that it had. Many noted their surprise that a fundraising event can be of such “good quality.” The event financials are as follows:

Total income: $9,685
Total expenses: $3,169.77
Net research funds collected: $6,515.23

Clearly the PER Research Fundraiser campaign had a very good start.

The success of the PER fundraising launch would not be possible but for the committed support and help from the numerous people and organizations who believe in our mission and have been willing to join us in our efforts. On behalf of the PER Board and myself I am expressing our deep appreciation and gratitude to the following 2011 Contributors and Donors to our “Mahler of the Couch” fundraiser:

PER Benefactor: $5,000.00 & over
Percy & Eleanor Adlon

PER Gold Sponsor: $1,500.00
Cheryl Tebo

PER Silver Sponsor: $1,000.00
Cooperative of American Physicians

PER Bronze Sponsor: $500.00
Linda L. Brown Family Fund
Mark Pence (Putter)
Rose Strickland
Memorial Psychiatric Health Services

Helen Adelberg
Sarkis Arevian
Shafi Baby-Kahn & Calliope
Elise Block
Robert Burchuk
Michelle Carlson
Meena Datta
Sharon S. Dunas
Michael Economou Family Trust
Suzanne Finick
Karin Forrest-Graff
Elisabeth Fotiadou
Michael Gales
Armen Goenjian
Lawrence S. Gross
Michele Hahn
Timothy Hayes
Lynn Jacobs
Janet Kaplan
Alexander Koutras
Boyd & Helena Kront
Carol Lambert
Eleanor Lavretsky
Mann & Associates
Roni Maybin
Kathleen Moreno
Gordon Ownby
Dr. and Mrs. Robert Pasnau
Nicole Poliquin
Jeffrey Prager
James P. Rosenblum, M.D.
The Bernard and Glora Salick Trust
Mary Ann Schaepper
Edward Schneider
Harold Shabo
Dharmesh Sheth
Bettina Soeswohner
Hanaa Soliman
Kathryn Spellman
Harvey Sternbach
Barbara Stinchfield
Erin Stone
Judith Vida-Spence
Lee D. Yoseloff, M.D., JD
Careen Young

The actual PER event could not have taken place but for the devoted efforts and actual help of a number of people who did the multiple tasks and took care of all of the infinite necessary details. On behalf of the PER Board and myself I am expressing our THANKS and appreciation that it was their work that made for such an enjoyable and successful event.

I also wish to express the PER Board’s and my personal appreciation for the work of the volunteer photographer
Alexander de Cordoba.

His pictures have memorialized the launch of the PER Research Fundraising:


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