The Drs. Fred and Penny Frese Lecture Series

The Drs. Fred and Penny Frese Lecture series honors the late Fred Frese, Ph.D., and Penny Frese, Ph.D., by sharing stories of individuals living successfully with schizophrenia and other serious mental illnesses  and the ways in which their loved ones support their recovery. The NEOMED Department of Psychiatry and Peg’s Foundation sponsor this lecture annually.


Carlos A. Larrauri, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC, FNP-BC, and Matthew Racher, CRPS, presented “Love and Hope: The Guiding Lights Through the Fog of Schizophrenia” on May 26 from 1-2 p.m. ET via Zoom

Carlos A. Larrauri, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC, FNP-BC, and Matthew Racher, CRPS, became friends during their schizophrenia recovery journeys. Their journeys have led them to give back to others with mental illness, through their professional work and the original music that their band, FogDog, performs at community mental health awareness events. Carlos is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, and he is concurrently pursuing a law degree from the University of Michigan Law School and a master’s degree in public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School as a Zuckerman Fellow. Matthew is a Certified Recovery Peer Specialist and works as an outreach coordinator at IDEA, a syringe exchange program in Florida. He is pursuing a Master of Social Work at Barry University in Miami Shores. Carlos and Matt shared their stories of recovery and hope from schizophrenia and FogDog performed original music.

View the 2021 Drs. Fred and Penny Frese Lecture



Robert S. Laitman, M.D., and Daniel Laitman presented the 2019 Drs. Fred and Penny Frese Lecture, “Hope and Help: Meaningful Recovery from Schizophrenia and Serious Mental Illness with Clozapine,” Oct. 14, 2019, at 3:30 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of the NEOMED NEW Center.

Daniel Laitman was diagnosed with schizophrenia just before his 16th birthday. His parents, Drs. Robert and Ann Mandel Laitman, used love, determination and science to find the best treatments available to help him live successfully with schizophrenia.

Today, Daniel is showing the world what is possible – just by being himself. When he is not performing stand-up comedy in New York City clubs, he is advocating for mental health through his favorite charities: Team Daniel, Schizophrenia and Related Disorders Alliance of America, Brain & Behavior Research Foundation and Mental Health America.

Dr. Robert Laitman, a self-described “optimistic nephrologist,”  discovered a passion for helping patients with serious mental illness, and developing a regimen for the treatment of psychosis based on the optimal use of clozapine, a valuable, but frequently underutilized, medication, to assist people with schizophrenia and other serious mental illnesses find hope and help.

View the 2019 Drs. Fred and Penny Frese Lecture


Elyn R. Saks, J.D., Ph.D., presented the inaugural Drs. Fred and Penny Frese Lecture at NEOMED Sept. 12, 2018.  Dr. Saks is a winner of the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship (better known as the MacArthur genius award). She is the Orrin B. Evans professor of law, psychology and psychiatry and the behavioral sciences at the University of Southern California Gould Law School. She is a mental health law expert and author of a best-selling book, The Center Cannot Hold, about her own experience living with schizophrenia.

View her 2018 Drs. Fred and Penny Frese Lecture


Debbie McConnell
Administrative Coordinator
Phone: 330.325.6690


Randon S. Welton, M.D.
Phone: 330.325.6691

Department of Psychiatry

College of Medicine at NEOMED