Readiness For Change: Assessing Employee Commitment to Peer Worker Integration in Drug Court Settings
Brandee M. Izquierdo, DPA, MPA, lecturer in psychiatry, and Chyrell Bellamy, PhD, MSW, professor of psychiatry, are first and senior authors, respectively, of a paper in Journal of Offender Rehabilitation that assesses drug court employees’ readiness and perceived commitment to peer worker integration.Source: Journal of Offender Rehabilitation
PRCH Representatives Collaborate With City, Local Artist to Create Mural in New Haven
Representatives of the Yale Program for Recovery and Community Health (PRCH) and the City of New Haven’s Office of Community Mental Initiatives worked with an artist to create a 50-foot mural at the corner of Blatchley and Grand avenues in New Haven.
Yale Researchers Propose Epistemic Justice as Key to Mental Health System Overhaul
In a new chapter for the book “Recovering the US Mental Healthcare System,” Rebecca Miller, PhD, associate professor of psychiatry, and Anthony Pavlo, PhD, associate research scientist in psychiatry, explore the transformative potential of epistemic justice in moving mental healthcare systems past traditional medical models.Source: Mad in America
In Memoriam: Miraj U. Desai, PhD
It is with immense sadness that the Yale Department of Psychiatry shares the news of the sudden death of Miraj Desai, PhD, at the age of 41 on Sunday, November 5, 2023. Miraj was an assistant professor at the Program for Recovery and Community Health (PRCH) of the Yale University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry.
Strategies for the Management of Voices Shared in a Brazilian Hearing Voices Group
Graziela Reis, MPH; Larry Davidson, PhD; Chyrell Bellamy, PhD, and Mark Costa, MD, are co-authors of a paper in Psychiatric Quarterly that describes the voice management strategies shared in a hearing voices peer support group within a Brazilian public mental health service.Source: Psychiatric Quarterly
Desai Launches New Field of Structural Psychology
The academic and generational experiences of Miraj U. Desai, PhD, assistant professor of psychiatry, have come together in the Structural Health and Psychology (SHP) Lab, where Desai investigates the structural bases of health, equity, and inequity, as well as in a new field Desai created, called structural psychology. Structural psychology spans the entire translational science spectrum, inclusive of basic, clinical, community, and population health research.
Breaking Through Social Determinants of Health: Imani Breakthrough
Affiliates of Imani Breakthrough, including first author Ayana Jordan, MD, PhD, and Chyrell Bellamy, MD, MSW, chronicle the program in Journal of Substance Use and Addiction Treatment. Imani Breakthrough is a two-phase 22-week intervention developed by the community, run by facilitators with lived experience and church members, that is implemented in Black and Latinx church settings.Source: Journal of Substance Use and Addiction Treatment
Brazilian Immigrants in the United States and Mental Health: An Integrative Review
Graziela Reis, MPH; Mark Costa, MD, MPH; and Chyrell Bellamy, PhD, are co-authors of a review in International Journal of Social Psychiatry that seeks to understand and describe the experience of Brazilian immigrants in the United States, related to mental health, assessing what studies have addressed and what still needs to be researched.Source: International Journal of Social Psychiatry
New Community-Engaged Study Documents Relation Between Mental Health and 'Atmospheric,' Structural Racism
A new collaborative study, published in the American Journal of Community Psychology and conducted by members of the Yale Department of Psychiatry and Beulah Heights Church in New Haven, reveals the ways in which mental health can be impacted by “atmospheric,” structural racism.
Drug Exit Program Taught in Churches
Imani, which means "faith" in Swahili, is a 24-week harm reduction program led by people with lived experience of drug abuse against Black and Latino people in New Haven, New Britain, Waterbury, Hartford and Bridgeport inside the churches.Source: La Voz Hispana de Connecticut
Racial and Ethnic Mental Health Disparities in U.S. Military Veterans: Results from the National Health and Resilience in Veterans Study
Five Yale researchers are authors of a study in Journal of Psychiatric Research that examines racial/ethnic differences in the prevalence of psychiatric outcomes in a population-based sample of White, Black, and Hispanic military veterans.Source: Journal of Psychiatric Research
Participatory Action Research Study Demonstrates the Value of Team Science Led by People in Mental Health Recovery
A new study led by members of Fountain House, the originator of the “Clubhouse” model of mental health, in partnership with researchers in the Yale Department of Psychiatry demonstrates the power of studies led by people in mental health recovery.
Sawubona Virtual Healing Circles Provide a Healing Space
Two Yale Department of Psychiatry faculty lead a support program that provides a healing space to Black first responders, health and mental healthcare workers, and the Black community at large. Chyrell D. Bellamy, PhD, MSW, professor of psychiatry and director of PRCH, and Angela M. Haeny, PhD, assistant professor of psychiatry and director of the REAL at Yale, lead the program.
Work by Desai Referenced in Groundbreaking Report
The work and contributions of Miraj Desai, PhD, assistant professor of psychiatry, were referenced multiple times in the groundbreaking report, "Racism in the U.S. Health System: The Transformation We Need," led by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), with consultation support from CoCreative.
Federal Grant Will Fund PRCH's 'Recovery Finance' Project
Researchers from the Yale Department of Psychiatry’s Program for Recovery and Community Health (PRCH), including Annie Harper, PhD, associate research scientist in psychiatry; and Chyrell Bellamy, PhD, professor of psychiatry and director of PRCH, have been awarded a $1.675 million grant by the National Institute On Minority Health And Health Disparities of the National Institutes of Health.
Despite Precautions, COVID-19 Pandemic Disproportionately Impacts People From Minoritized Backgrounds
A new study by researchers at Yale School of Medicine has found that people from racial and ethnic minoritized backgrounds have been disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic despite being more likely to engage in health and safety precautions than their white counterparts.
Public spaces as transformative creative wellness spaces: an evaluation of Musical Intervention
Musical Intervention (MI) is a public space that supports individuals who seek opportunities for creativity and connection with the broader community. A new study by Yale researchers sought to evaluate and understand MI through surveys, qualitative interviews, and ethnographic observations.Source: Social Work in Mental Health
New Haven Eyes New 'Community Resilience' Department to Combat Street Violence
Michael Rowe, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry, was among the people who attended a news conference August 2 when New Haven's mayor announced the formation of a new Department of Community Resilience to strengthen the fight against violence in the city. Rowe is co-director of the Yale Program for Recovery and Community Health.Source: New Haven Register