WILLIAM R. MCFARLANE, MD is the founder and owner of the PIER Training Institute, which grew out of the Portland Identification and Early Referral (PIER) Program of Portland, Maine. The PIER Program is one of the first early psychosis programs in the United States, and a forerunner in the advancements of Family Psychoeducation-informed multidisciplinary treatment that preceded current models of Coordinated Specialty Care (CSC). His areas of research and practice include Family Psychoeducation and other psychosocial interventions for severe psychiatric disorders, as well as pioneering efforts in the area of early detection and intervention of psychotic disorders in youth and young adults. Dr. McFarlane has served as the Chief of the Department of Psychiatry and the Director of the Center for Psychiatric Research at Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine. He is a Professor at Tufts University School of Medicine. Dr. McFarlane has taught family therapy and the psychobiology of mental illnesses to medical students and residents at Maine Medical Center in partnership with the Tufts University School of Medicine. Dr. McFarlane received his medical degree from Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons and completed his residency and fellowship at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. McFarlane has been involved in the publication of over 80 articles, chapters and books on the topics of Multifamily Group intervention and early identification and treatment of psychosis, and continues to be actively involved with the Leadership team of the PIER Training Institute.
“When you develop severe mental illness, you are driving off a cliff. Imagine if you could stop a process that’s already underway.”William R. McFarlane, MD. Director, PIER Training Institute.