The Yale Program for Recovery and Community Health (PRCH) of the Connecticut Mental Health Center announces that as of July 1, the program will be jointly led by Larry Davidson, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry, and Chyrell Bellamy, PhD, MSW, Associate Professor of Psychiatry.
Current Co-Director Michael Rowe, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry, will step back from this role to spend more time advancing his scholarship and program development work and mentorship of academic and community scholars around the world.
Bellamy will share the co-directorship with Davidson, building on her own creative vision and body of work that she brought to PRCH over 15 years ago and has been expanding significantly as she has assumed more leadership responsibilities and roles at Yale and within Connecticut.
She has an international reputation as a thought and practice leader and researcher in the areas of peer support and peer-run programs, leadership development, health disparities, community-based participatory research (CBPR) and co-production, and the care and recovery of, and advocacy for, persons living with experiences of mental distress, trauma, mental illness, substance use, HIV, and other health or life challenges.
Her work focuses primarily on CBPR with Black/African Americans and Latinos/x, LGBTQI+, and other communities who have been historically underserved and/or objects of discrimination.
PRCH does collaborative research, evaluation, education, training, policy development, and consultation. Its members work to transform behavioral health programs, agencies, and systems to be culturally responsive and re-oriented to facilitating the recovery and social inclusion of the individuals, families, and communities they serve.