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The PER Foundation

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.”


I urge you to consider contributing to PER during this season. Your support makes possible great educational programs and funds research that improves children's mental health. Visit this link to make a donation using Paypal or a credit card:


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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Thanking you for your interest and support of PER
Maria T Lymberis, MD
Founding PER Foundation President

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