Chyrell D. Bellamy, PhD, MSW is the Co-director of Yale University’s Program for Recovery and Community Health (PRCH) in the School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry.
She has experience as a social worker, community educator and organizer; as a community and academic researcher; and, as a person with lived expertise in recovery. Her expertise includes developing and conducting community-based research initiatives; involving and partnering with people living with mental illness, substance abuse, HIV, and experiences of incarceration; particularly related to practice and research on sociocultural pathways to recovery and wellness.
Dr. Bellamy received her PhD in the Joint program in Social Work and Social Psychology from the University of Michigan and her MSW from Rutgers University, and a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the Center for Mental Health and Criminal Justice Research at Rutgers University.
As Director of Peer Services and Research for Yale-PRCH, she provides instruction on peer curricula development and training based on her research and practice experience with people in recovery employed as peer supporters, coaches, and mentors; evaluation of the effectiveness of peer support; and, research and training on the development of culturally responsive community based interventions.