Julio Ballestas, MD

Dr. Ballestas has a wide experience working with immigrants, refugees and underserved communities. He has worked in Global Mental Health with focus African and Latin-American Countries. Today, Dr. Ballestas owns a practice in New York where he focuses on treating mental health in a more natural and holistic way. He integrates conventional medicine with functional medicine where he combines genetics, nutrition, mindfulness meditation and positive lifestyles to achieve a physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing. His practice is in a wellness center where multiple medical and healing modalities work in harmony.

Dr. Ballestas is a board-certified psychiatrist who integrates conventional medicine with complementary & natural medicine to promote a general wellbeing. Dr. Ballestas received his M.D degree from the Universidad del Norte in Colombia, completed his psychiatric training at Albert Einstein School of medicine, his psychodynamic psychotherapy training at New York medical College and a fellowship in public and community psychiatry that Yale School of Medicine. He is a fellow of the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine (AIHM) and an active member of the Institute of Functional medicine (IFM).

Chyrell Bellamy, MSW, PhD

Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Yale School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry
Program for Recovery and Community Health
chyrell.bellamy@yale.edu

Chyrell Bellamy serves as the Director of Peer Services and Research for Yale PRCH. She has experience as a frontline service provider, community educator and organizer, as a community and academic researcher, and as a person in recovery. Her expertise includes developing and conducting community-based research initiatives; involving and partnering with people living with mental illness, substance use, and HIV; and research on sociocultural experiences and pathways to recovery in prevention and treatment. Bellamy received her Ph.D. in the Joint program in Social Work and Social Psychology from the University of Michigan and her M.S.W. (health social work) and B.A. (psychology) from Rutgers University. She did a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Center for Mental Health and Criminal Justice Research at Rutgers University. In her capacity as Director of Peer Services and Research, Bellamy provides instruction on peer curricula development and training based on her research and practice experience with peer employees; training of peers to conduct research; evaluation of the effectiveness of peer support; and, research and training on the development of culturally responsive community-based interventions.

Mark Costa, MD

Yale Program for Recovery and Community Health
mark.costa@yale.edu

Mark Costa, MD, MPH, is currently an Associate Research Scientist at the Yale Department of Psychiatry, Program for Recovery and Community Health. Dr. Costa served 18 years as a psychiatrist in Brazil, where he also completed his Masters in Public Health. Dr. Costa’s research and practical interest relates to Integrated Health Care, Culture, Employment and Community Reentry for people with mental illness and substance abuse challenges.

Esperanza Diaz, MD

Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Yale School of Medicine
Medical Director, Hispanic Clinic, Connecticut Mental Health Center
esperanza.diaz@yale.edu

Esperanza Diaz MD, psychiatrist, is Associate Professor of Psychiatry, at the Yale University School of Medicine. Esperanza is the Medical Director of the Hispanic Clinic of CMHC and the Latino Behavioral Health system, academic and community collaborations, serving monolingual Hispanics in the New Haven, CT area. She has established a national and international reputation as a leader in Latino behavioral health, as evidenced by her active involvement within professional organizational committees, invited presentations, National Institute of Health committees, teaching, and consultation around service delivery. She has been indispensable for the development of innovative models of culturally competent, recovery oriented psychiatric and primary care services serving the monolingual Spanish speakers population. Her research expertise in the area of adherence to behavioral health treatments in minorities evolved into cross-cultural research, teaching methods on psychiatric diagnosis, treatment response, health service delivery and health disparities applied to services development. As the Associate Program Director for the Yale psychiatry residency she provides unique trainings for numerous health care disciplines including medical school, psychiatry, psychology, social work, and nursing. Trainees are exposed to cutting edge clinical interventions, and recovery oriented services development for underserved minority populations. Through these positions, and her national collaborations she has established a reputation as a model clinician and educator for Hispanic and women faculty.

Natalia M. Gómez S., MD., Psiquiatra - CES

Doctoral Candidate, Autonomous University, Barcelona, Spain
ngomezs.sm@gmail.com

Natalia is a Psychiatrist graduated from CES University (Medellín, Colombia) who from the beginnings as a general practitioner was drawn to work with community mental health. Natalia completed a master's degree in psychosocial rehabilitation in mental health at the Autonomous University of Psychiatry, in Barcelona, Spain, where she is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Psychiatry. She has deepen the knowledge in the area of psychosocial rehabilitation in mental health at the Peré Mata Institute, in Reus, Spain. She begins the exercise of psychiatry with a view to applying rehabilitative interventions in her country managing a Foundation for this purpose, and conducts psycho-educational groups for patients and family members with severe mental illness. She has some publications in local magazines about rehabilitation interventions in Colombia.

Angels González-Ibáñez

Yale Program for Recovery and Community Health
mariaangeles.gonzalezibanez@yale.edu

Angels Gonzalez-Ibanez, PhD in Psychology and Clinical Psychologist with strong focus on health promotion, prevention, treatment and recovery of mental illness and addiction. Long tenure as Professor of Psychopathology at the University of Barcelona. Dr. Angels Gonzalez-Ibanez is Adjunct Professor at Yale University, Department of Psychiatry. She currently provides culturally appropriate services to the diversity of Latino community in Connecticut. Dr. Gonzalez-Ibanez started and leaded the Catalonia Pathological Gambling Services under the Mental Health and Addiction Department of the Catalonia Government getting that gambling disorder was considered as a public health issue and it was included in the public health centers. She has received awards por excellence in research and clinical care in mental health an addiction. Due her interest in recovery, person centered care and community inclusion of individuals with mental health and addiction disorders, she is at Yale Program for Recovery and Community Health involved in national and international projects.

María Elena Oliva, LCSW

Director of Social Work, Connecticut Mental Health Center
maria.oliva@ct.gov

Marίa Elena Oliva, LCSW is the Director of Social Work at the Connecticut Mental Health Center in New Haven, CT (DMHAS). She is currently a doctoral candidate at the Smith College School of Social Work where she is exploring the impact of bilingualism on supervision and clinical training of the bilingual social worker. As a child immigrant to the United States from Cuba, Marίa Elena has lived and been educated within the duet of two languages. She believes that it is these voices that always remind her of home, that speak to her in the language of the heart. Marίa Elena has presented on the impact of therapy in the second language at two NASW annual conferences, groups of psychotherapy practitioners, and to several university groups.

Maria E. Restrepo-Toro, BNS, M.S., CPRP

Yale Program for Recovery and Community Health
maria.restrepo-toro@yale.edu

Maria E. Restrepo-Toro is an Educator and Trainer at the Yale Program for Recovery and Community Health. Maria is a Visionary Leader, Trainer and Researcher in the field of Latino Behavioral Health Recovery, Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Cultural Diversity. She has earned recognition as a leader in the field of Psychiatric Rehabilitation and received the USPRA 2012 Leroy Spaniol Educator Award. Maria is passionate about eliminating disparities, empowering people to recover, and gain equal access to behavioral health services. For the last 30 years, Maria she has been successfully trained bilingual professionals, administrators, peers, advocates and family members both nationally and internationally. She has a unique expertise in developing culturally appropriate recovery-oriented training materials designed to bring hope and to empower Spanish-speaking people and their families.

Michelle A. Silva, PsyD

Hispanic Clinic, Connecticut Mental Health Center
michelle.silva@yale.edu

Michelle Silva is a licensed clinical psychologist and Director of the Connecticut Latino Behavioral Health System, an academic-community partnership designed to expand access to behavioral health services for the monolingual Spanish speaking community of greater New Haven. Dr. Silva’s work bridges practice, education, and clinical research, and she engages in multidisciplinary collaborations designed to promote health equity among vulnerable and underserved communities. Based at the Hispanic Clinic of the Connecticut Mental Health Center, Dr. Silva provides clinical services to individuals affected by immigration-related trauma and supervises health professional students providing psychoeducational interventions through the Behavioral Health Program of the Yale HAVEN Free Clinic.

Silvia Abad-Merino

University of Córdoba (Spain)
silvia.abadmerino@yale.edu

Silvia Abad-Merino (Ph.D. in Applied Psychology) is a Professor in the Department of Education at the University of Córdoba, Spain. Her research is focused on the systematic study of how subtle forms of bias maintain structural disadvantage for ethnic minorities and women; the evaluation of inequitable outcomes of different vulnerable populations in educational and health settings; and the enhancement of equity development, inclusion and effective cross-cultural communication in global intercultural societies. Her academic and research trajectory show a deep commitment to issues of social justice and empowering members of traditionally disadvantaged groups through education and community involvement.

Ana Florence

PhD Candidate (UNESP/Assis)
Postgraduate Fellow, Yale Program for Recovery and Community Health
ana.florence@yale.edu

Ana Florence is a Psychologist and a PhD Candidate at the State University of São Paulo/Brazil. She is currently a Postgraduate Fellow at the Yale Department of Psychiatry, Program for Recovery and Community Health. Ana specialized in Public Mental Health at the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP) and completed a masters degree in Social Psychology at the University of São Paulo (USP). She has worked as a Psychologist and Service Manager at community mental health services in Brazil and has experience in the field of deinstitutionalization and service implementation. Her research is focused on the Open Dialogue approach and Dialogical Practices in the treatment of severe mental health problems.

Mark Costa, MD

Yale Program for Recovery and Community Health
mark.costa@yale.edu

Mark Costa, MD, MPH, es actualmente investigador asociado en el Departamento de Psiquiatría de Yale, Programa de Recovery y Salud Comunitaria. Dr. Costa sirvió 18 años como psiquiatra en Brasil, donde también completó su Maestría en Salud Pública. La investigación del Dr. Costa y su interés práctico se relacionan con la atención médica integrada, la cultura, el empleo y el reingreso a la comunidad para personas con enfermedades mentales y problemas de abuso de sustancias.

Natalia M. Gómez S., MD., Psiquiatra - CES

Doctoral Candidate, Autonomous University, Barcelona, Spain
ngomezs.sm@gmail.com

Natalia es una Psiquiatra egresada de la Universidad CES (Medellín, Colombia) quien desde sus comienzos como médica general se orientó por el trabajo en salud mental con un enfoque comunitario, durante el curso de su especialización tuvo la oportunidad de profundizar el conocimiento en el área de la rehabilitación psicosocial en salud mental en el Instituto Peré Mata, en Reus – España. Inicia el ejercicio de la psiquiatría con miras a aplicar intervenciones rehabilitadoras en su país logrando dirigir una Fundación con este fin, y lleva a cabo grupos psicoeducativos para pacientes y familiares con enfermedad mental severa. Realizo algunas publicaciones en revistas locales acerca de intervenciones rehabilitadoras en su País. Curso y asistió a diferentes formaciones en el área. Realizo una maestría en rehabilitación psicosocial en salud mental en la Universidad Autónoma de Psiquiatría, en Barcelona, España, donde se encuentra actualmente cursando su Doctorado en Psiquiatría.

Angels González Ibáñez

Yale Program for Recovery and Community Health
mariaangeles.gonzalezibanez@yale.edu

Angels González-Ibáñez es Doctora en Psicología y Especialista en Psicología clínica con un fuerte enfoque en promoción de la salud, prevención, tratamiento y recuperación de las enfermedades mentales y adicciones. Larga permanencia como Profesora de Psicopatología de la Universidad de Barcelona. La Dra. Angels Gonzalez-Ibáñez es Profesor Adjunto en la Universidad de Yale, Departamento de Psiquiatría. Ella actualmente brinda servicios culturalmente apropiados para la diversidad de la comunidad latina en Connecticut.La Dra. González-Ibáñez comenzó y lideró los Servicios de juego patológico de Cataluña en el Departamento de Salud Mental y Adicciones de la Generalitat de Catalunya, consiguiendo que el trastorno del juego fuera considerado un problema de salud pública y se incluyera en los centros públicos de salud de Cataluña. Ha recibido premios por excelencia en investigación y tratamiento de los problemas de salud mental y de adicción. Debido a su interés en la recuperación centrada en la persona y la inclusión comunitaria de personas con trastornos de salud mental y adicción, ella está en el Yale Program for Recovery and Community Health involucrada en proyectos nacionales e internacionales.

María Elena Oliva, LCSW

Director of Social Work, Connecticut Mental Health Center
maria.oliva@ct.gov

Marίa Elena Oliva, LCSW es la Directora de trabajo social en el Centro de Salud Mental (CMHC) en New Haven. Actualmente es candidata para su doctorado en trabajo social de Smith College School of Social Work donde está estudiando el impacto del ser bilingüe en la supervisión y entrenamiento de trabajadoras/es sociales. Como imigrante a los Estados Unidos de Cuba cuando niña, Marίa Elena ha sido educada entre el dúo de dos idiomas. Piensa que han sido estas voces que le recuerda de sus raίces, que le hablan en el lenguaje del corazón. Marίa Elena ha hecho presentaciones sobre el impacto de la terapia en el segundo idioma en dos conferencias de NASW, grupos de terapistas, y varios grupos universitarios.

Maria E. Restrepo-Toro, BNS, M.S., CPRP

Yale Program for Recovery and Community Health
maria.restrepo-toro@yale.edu

Maria E. Restrepo-Toro es una educadora en el Programa de Recuperación y Salud Comunitaria de la Universidad de Yale. Maria Elvira es una líder en los campos de salud mental, recuperación, rehabilitación psiquiátrica y diversidad cultural. Ha ganado reconocimiento como líder en el campo de la rehabilitación psiquiátrica y se le otorgo el premio USPRA 2012 Leroy Spaniol Educator. Por los últimos 30 años, María Elvira ha capacitado con éxito a profesionales bilingües, administradores, compañeros, defensores y familiares, tanto a nivel nacional como internacional. Es una experta en contenido en prácticas orientadas a la recuperación y rehabilitación psiquiátrica, y posee una experiencia única en el desarrollo de materiales de capacitación culturalmente apropiados, diseñados para brindar esperanza y empoderar a las personas y sus familias.

Michelle A. Silva, PsyD

Hispanic Clinic, Connecticut Mental Health Center
michelle.silva@yale.edu

Michelle Silva es psicóloga clínica y directora del Connecticut Latino Behavioral Health System, un programa diseñado para ampliar el acceso a los servicios de salud mental para la comunidad de habla hispana de New Haven. El trabajo de la Dra. Silva incluye la práctica clínica, la educación y la investigación clínica, y participa en colaboraciones multidisciplinarias diseñadas para promover el bienestar de comunidades vulnerables y desatendidas. Con base en la Clínica Hispana del Centro de Salud Mental de Connecticut, la Dra. Silva brinda servicios clínicos a personas afectadas por traumas relacionados con la inmigración y supervisa a estudiantes que ofrecen intervenciones psicoeducativas a través del Programa de Salud del Comportamiento de la Clínica Gratuita HAVEN de Yale.

Silvia Abad-Merino

University of Córdoba (Spain)
silvia.abadmerino@yale.edu

Silvia Abad-Merino (PhD en Psicología Aplicada) es profesora en el Departamento de Educación de la Universidad de Córdoba, España. Su investigación se centra en el estudio sistemático de cómo las formas sutiles de prejuicio mantienen desventajas estructurales para las minorías étnicas y las mujeres; la evaluación de resultados no equitativos de diferentes poblaciones vulnerables en entornos educativos y de salud; y la mejora del desarrollo de la equidad, la inclusión y la comunicación intercultural efectiva en las sociedades interculturales globales. Su trayectoria académica e investigadora muestra un profundo compromiso con los problemas de justicia social y el empoderamiento de los miembros de grupos tradicionalmente desfavorecidos a través de la educación y la participación de la comunidad.

Ana Florence

PhD Candidate (UNESP/Assis)
Postgraduate Fellow, Yale Program for Recovery and Community Health
ana.florence@yale.edu

Ana Florence é Psicóloga e doutoranda em Psicologia e Sociedade pela Univerisdade Estadual Paulista (UNESP/Assis). É Postgraduate Fellow no Departamento de Psiquiatria, Program for Recovery and Community Health da Universidade de Yale. Ana possui especialização em Saúde Mental na Saúde Coletiva pela UNICAMP e um mestrado em Psicologia Social pela USP. Ana tem experiência como Psicóloga e Gestora de Centros de Atenção Psicossocial (CAPS) no Brasil e está envolvida com a abordagem Open Dialogue e Práticas Dialógicas no tratamento de problemas graves de Saúde Mental.

Mark Costa, MD

Yale Program for Recovery and Community Health
mark.costa@yale.edu

Mark Costa, MD, MPH é atualmente Associate Research Scientist no Departamento de Psiquiatria de Yale, Program for Recovery and Community Health. Dr. Costa trabalhou 18 anos como Psiquiatra no Brasil onde também recebeu seu título de Mestre em Saúce Coletiva. Dr. Costa pesquisa Atenção Integrada em Saúde, Cultura, Empregabilidade e Reinserção Social de pessoas que enfrentam problemas de Saúde Mental e uso de Substâncias.

Natalia M. Gómez S., MD., Psiquiatra - CES

Doctoral Candidate, Autonomous University, Barcelona, Spain
ngomezs.sm@gmail.com

Natalia é Psiquiatra, graduada pela Universidade CES (Medellín, Colombia) que desde o início de sua prática como clínica se viu interessada no trabalho com saúde mental com enfoque comunitário. Durante sua especialização teve a oportunidade de aprofundar conhecimentos na área da reabilitação psicossocial em saúde mental no Instituto Peré Mata em Reus – Espanha. Começa sua prática como Psiquiatra com um interesse em aplicar práticas reabilitadoras em seu país e foi gestora de uma fundação com este propósito, realizando grupos psicoeducativos para pacientes e familiares com doenças mentais graves. Possui publicações em revistas locais sobre intervenções reabilitadoras em seu país. Cursou diferentes formações na área. Obteve o título de mestre em reabilitação psicossocial em saúde mental pela Universidade Autonoma de Psiquiatria, Barcelona, Espanha, onde é atualmente doutoranda em Psiquiatria.

Angels González Ibáñez

Yale Program for Recovery and Community Health
mariaangeles.gonzalezibanez@yale.edu

Angels Gonzalez-Ibanez é Doutora em Psicologia e Especialista m Psicologia Clínica com enfoque em promoção da saúde, prevenção, tratamento e recuperação de doenças mentais e uso de substâncias. Foi por muito tempo Professora de Psicopatologia da Universidade de Barcelona. Dra. González-Ibañez é Professora Adjunta na Universidade de Yale, Departamento de Psiquiatria. Atualmente oferece serviços culturalmente apropriados à diversidade da comunidade latina de Connecticut. Dra. González-Ibáñez fundou e liderou os Serviços de Jogo Patológico da Catalunha no Departamento de Saúde Mental e Adicções, logrando que o jogo problemático e patológico fosse considerado um problema de saúde público e fosse incluído na carteira de serviços dos centros de saúde da Catalunha . Recebeu prêmios por excelência em pesquisa e tratamento de problemas de saúde mental e adicção e participa do Yale Program for Recovery and Community Health envolvida em projetos nacionais e internacionais.

María Elena Oliva, LCSW

Director of Social Work, Connecticut Mental Health Center
maria.oliva@ct.gov

María Elena Oliva, LCSW é a Diretora de Serviços Sociais no Connecticut Mental Health Center em New Haven, CT. Ela é atualmente doutoranda na Escola de Serviço Social da Smith College e tem explorado o impacto de ser bilíngue na supervisão e treinamento clínico de Assistentes Sociais bilíngues. Enquanto imigrante nos Estados Unidos vinda de Cuba quando criança, María Elena foi educada em ambos os idiomas. Pensa que são estas vozes que a relembram de suas raízes e que falam a língua do coração. María Elena realizou apresentações sobre o impacto da terapia em um segundo idioma em duas conferências de NASW, para grupos de terapeutas e de estudantes universitários.

Maria E. Restrepo-Toro, BNS, M.S., CPRP

Yale Program for Recovery and Community Health
maria.restrepo-toro@yale.edu

Maria E. Restrepo-Toro é uma educadora no Programa de Recuperação e Saúde Comunitária da Universidade de Yale. Maria Elvira é uma líder nos campos de saúde mental, recuperação, reabilitação psiquiátrica e diversidade cultural. Ganhou reconhecimento como líder no campo da reabilitação psiquiátrica e recebeu o prêmio USPRA 2012 Leroy Spaniol Educator. Nos últimos 30 anos, Maria Elvira tem capacitado com sucesso profissionais bilingües, administradores, companheiros, defensores e familiares, tanto nacional como internacionalmente. Possui conhecimento aprofundado no desenvolvimento de materiais de treinamento orientados para a recuperação culturalmente adequados, desenhados para trazer esperança e empoderar pessoas hispano-falantes e suas famílias.

Michelle A. Silva, PsyD

Hispanic Clinic, Connecticut Mental Health Center
michelle.silva@yale.edu

Michelle Silva é psicóloga clínica e diretora do Connecticut Latino Behavioral Health System, um programa desenhado para ampliar o acesso a serviços de saúde mental para a comunidade hispano-falante de New Haven. O trabalho da Dra. Silva inclui prática clínica, educação e pesquisa clínica, participando em colaborações multidisciplinares desenhadas para promover equidade em saúde entre comunidades vulneráveis e carentes. Na Clínica Hispânica do Centro de Saúde Mental de Connecticut Dra. Silva ofrece serviços clínicos a pessoas afetadas por traumas ligados à imigração e supervisiona estudantes da área da saúde ofertando intervenções psicoeducativas através do Programa de Saúde do Comportamento da Clínica Gratuita HAVEN de Yale.

Silvia Abad-Merino

University of Córdoba (Spain)
silvia.abadmerino@yale.edu

Silvia Abad-Merino (PhD em Psicologia Aplicada) é Professora no Departamento de Educação da Universidade de Cordoba, Espanha. Sua pesquisa tem como enfoque o estudo sistemático de como formas sutis de preconceitos mantém desvantagens estruturais para minorias éticas e mulheres; avaliação de desfechos desiguais para diferentes populações vulneráveis na educação e saúde; e a melhoria no desenvolvimento de equidade, inclusão e comunicação efetiva entre culturas no contexto de sociedades globais interculturais. Sua trajetória acadêmica e de pesquisa mostra um forte compromisso com os problemas de justiça social e com o empoderamento dos membros de grupos tradicionalmente desfavorecidos através da educação e participação comunitária.