Peter Stastny, M.D., is Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Senior Psychiatrist at South Beach Psychiatric Center. A dissident psychiatrist, he is the author of numerous scholarly papers on psychosocial treatments, advance directives, self-help and empowerment, film history and mental health, and subjective experiences. He is an expert witness and consultant in legal cases involving standards of care, involuntary treatment, and issues of dangerousness.

Peter has spearheaded innovative programs such as peer specialist services, peer-run businesses, and transitional living groups. He has directed and produced several documentary films addressing mental health subjects, including the international advocacy movement, the lives of people residing in adult homes, and personal stories by teenagers on an inpatient psychiatric unit. In 2003, Peter was a founder of the International Network of Treatment Alternatives for Recovery (INTAR). With Darby Penney, he was Guest Curator of a major exhibit at the New York State Museum in 2004, “Lost Cases, Recovered Lives: Suitcases from a State Hospital Attic.” Peter and Darby continue their work on this project, with the launch in September 2006 of a portable traveling version of the exhibit; they are also writing a book on the subject.