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Robert Cole

Lecturer in Psychiatry; Chief Operating Officer, Connecticut Mental Health Center

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Robert Cole is a senior health care administrator with over 30 years of experience in the public sector as well as in academic psychiatry. He graduated from Trinity College in Hartford, CT in 1976 with a BA in History and from Antioch New England Graduate School in Keene, NH in 1990 with a master's degree in Organization and Management. He joined Yale Psychiatry and the CT Mental Health Center (CMHC) leadership group in 1988 as the chief administrator of CMHC. He was subsequently promoted to the position of Chief Operating Officer, following a reorganization in 1997. Prior to coming to Yale, Robert served as Director of Grant and Contract Management and Chief of Administrative and Fiscal Services for the Connecticut Alcohol and Drug Abuse Commission (subsequently merged administratively with DMHAS).


  • Transforming a Food and Nutrition Program at a Community Mental Health Center
    MA, United States 2015
    Farm to Institution Summit 2015

Professional Service

Institutional Food Task Force, New Haven Food Systems & Policy ProgramMember of task force group focused on institutional aspects of the City of New Haven food systems initiative2017 - Present
The Root Cause CoalitionFounding sponsor and member of Education Committee2016 - Present
Continuum of Care, Inc.Member, Board of Directors and Chairperson of Finance Committee2016 - Present
Cornell Scott-Hill Health CenterMember, Board of Directors and Chairperson of Finance Committee2011 - Present
Connecticut Mental Health Center FoundationFounder, incorporator and board member, ex-officio1993 - Present

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