Janis Lee Tondora PsyD

Assistant Professor of and Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry

Biographical Info

Dr. Janis Tondora is currently an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine. Based at the Program for Recovery and Community Health, Dr. Tondora functioned for several years as Project Director for an NIMH-funded R-01 study titled Culturally Responsive Person-Centered Care for Psychosis. Her professional interests focus on the design, implementation, and evaluation of services that promote self-determination, recovery, and community inclusion among individuals diagnosed with serious behavioral health disorders. In addition to her role at PRCH, she works closely with the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) to promote the transfer of academic research into the public-sector behavioral health system. She has coordinated a number of statewide training, technical assistance, and consultation initiatives regarding the provision of recovery-oriented care, person-centered planning, and best-practice employment supports. This activity includes her role as Principal Investigator on a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services grant implementing and evaluating person-centered planning models in State public sector behavioral health systems.

Dr. Tondora has collaborated with PRCH faculty and DMHAS leadership to develop a series of practice guidelines, program standards, and recovery-specific provider competencies. In recognition of her work, she has been invited to participate as a steering committee member of the SAMHSA National Consensus-Building Initiative on Person-Centered Care, and she has been providing training and consultation to numerous states seeking to develop person-centered planning models and programs. Dr. Tondora has shared her work with the field in numerous publications including a recent book co-authored with several colleagues entitled A Practical Guide to Recovery-Oriented Practice: Tools for Transforming Mental Health Care.

Prior to her involvement in behavioral health, she worked as a consultant providing services to public and private agencies, school districts, families, and individuals with disabilities. These services were designed to promote the full inclusion of individuals in all aspects of classroom and community life: an objective that remains at the core of her current work in behavioral health.


Education & Training

B.A.
Yale University (1993)
Psy.D.
University of Hartford (2002)

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