Larry Davidson, PhD

Professor of Psychiatry; Senior Policy Advisor, Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services; Director, Yale Program for Recovery and Community Health

Departments & Organizations

Psychiatry: Connecticut Mental Health Center | Psychology Section | Yale Global Mental Health Program | Yale Program for Recovery and Community Health

Yale Medicine


My research and consultation/training work focuses on processes of recovery from and in serious mental illnesses and addictions and the development and evaluation of innovative policies and programs to promote the recovery and community inclusion of individuals with these conditions. We utilize mixed qualitative and quantitative methods, and typically conduct our research in a participatory and inclusive fashion that involves people in recovery and other stakeholders in all aspects and phases of the research process.

Education & Training

PhD Duquesne University (1989)

Honors & Recognition

  • Armin Loeb AwardPsychiatric Rehabilitation Association (2018)

  • Teaching and Mentoring in Qualitative Inquiry AwardAmerican Psychological Association (2018)

  • Alexander Gralnick Research Investigator PrizeAmerican Psychological Foundation (2014)

  • Carl Rogers Heritage AwardAmerican Psychological Association and International Society for Humanistic Psychology (2012)

  • Franco Basaglia Memorial ScholarshipFondazione Basaglia, Rome, Italy (2008)

  • President’s AwardUnited States Psychosocial Rehabilitation Association, New York Chapter (2007)

  • Distinguished Young Investigator Award & Garmezy ScholarSociety for Life History Research (1999)

  • Second Prize, Research CompetitionInternational Society for the Psychological Treatment of Schizophrenia. (1997)

  • First Annual Karl Jaspers PrizeAssociation for the Advancement of Philosophy and Psychiatry (1991)


  • Latino Collective Medellín, Colombia; São Paulo, Brazil (2016)

    Collaborations with South American countries to disseminate evidence-based practices and conduct participatory research

  • Developing the peer workforce Melbourne, Australia (2014)

    Consultation, training, and technical assistance in developing a peer workforce for Melbourne, Australia.

  • Disseminating recovery-oriented practices United Kingdom (2011)

    Disseminating recovery-oriented practices throughout the National Health Services.

  • Research on Recovery and Service User Involvement Hong Kong; Norway; Sweden (2010)

    Developing a network, including service users (i.e., persons with serious mental illnesses and addictions), to conduct research on promoting recovery and social inclusion.

  • Psychiatric disorders training program France; United Kingdom; Norway; Sweden (2008)

    Professor Davidson conducts multi-center, international research on recovery from severe psychiatric disorders; this is a collaborative training program.

  • Processes of recovery in and from serious mental illnesses Trieste, Italy (2005 - 2011)

    Multi-National Research Collaborative

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