Dr. Patricia Recupero has extensive experience in the field of mental health, serving Butler Hospital in both clinical and administrative roles since joining the staff in 1989. As President of Butler Hospital, Dr. Recupero focused her leadership on augmenting the clinical strengths of the hospital to secure its future while shepherding its academic research program to national prominence. She continues to serve Care New England as Senior Vice President for Education and Training, focused upon achieving excellence in medical education across the system.
Board certified in Forensic Psychiatry and Addiction Psychiatry, Pat also serves as a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and has been named a member of Brown’s Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior since 1989, including serving as the Psychiatry Residency Training Director. Before joining Butler, Dr. Recupero was an accomplished attorney, engaged in an active practice as a litigator. She also served as a Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Rhode Island.
Dr. Recupero earned her Juris Doctor degree from Boston College and her Medical Doctor degree from Brown University. This dual education has enabled her to combine the practices of medicine and law to advocate for patients who struggle with mental illness, to challenge inequities in law that thwart critical healthcare for patients, and to improve the practice of forensic psychiatry.