Since 1998, I have had the pleasure of watching Tracey Martin develop into a master trainer of social and independent living skills. At the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute , she co-lead a social skills training group with me that enabled dozens of persons with serious mental disabilities to reach their personal goals and move steadfastly along the road of recovery. Tracey has "trained the trainers" in workshops for mental health professionals from California to Holland with accolades from those who have learned evidenced-based practices from her. She is an innovator, bringing skills training into patients' homes as well as to inpatient units and partial hospitalization programs where she has taught patients to manage their own illnesses and collaborate in informed, decision-making about their treatment with their psychiatrists. But most importantly, Tracey touches patients with her heart, keeping alive the flame of hope for a better life, even when they have lost confidence and hope themselves.
Robert Paul Liberman, M.D. | Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry at UCLA School of Medicine and Author of 'Recovery from Disability: Manual of Psychiatric Rehabilitation'