Departments & Organizations
Much of my research and writing over the past 20 years concerns “citizenship” as an applied theoretical framework for the social inclusion and participation of people with mental illnesses. Citizenship, in my and my colleagues’ work is defined as a person's strong connection to the 5 Rs of rights, responsibilities, roles, resources, and relationships that society offers its recognized members, along with a sense of belonging that is validated by others. This research is organized under the Citizens Community Collaborative (CCC) at the Program for Recovery and Community Health (PRCH) of the Department of Psychiatry and Connecticut Mental Health Center. Study/intervention components with DMHAS funding include the Citizens Project, a 6-month intervention for people with mental illness and previous incarcerations; community-connection work including Project Connect and F.A.C.E.; financial health and empowerment supports; measurement, clinical tools, and manual development; and a statewide learning collaborative to take citizenship to scale in Connecticut. Among other funders are NIMH and the Melville Charitable Trust.
Related to this work is my past and continuing writing and research on homelessness and mental health outreach, and peer-informed interventions for people with mental illness. I also write and have conducted research in the areas of narrative medicine, patient-doctor relationships, high-technology medicine, and medical errors. I am also conducting research on interventions to support “motive control” for people with strong revenge feelings against those who have wronged them.
I am Co-Director of PRCH and of the International Recovery and Citizenship Collaborative (IRCC)and the Collaborative for Motive Control Studies, Principal Investigator of the CCC, and Editor of The Perch, an arts, music, and literary journal.
Education & Training
|PhD||Yale University (1996)|
|MPA||University of Hartford (1990)|
Honors & Recognition
2012 First Place, Clinical Innovations in Psychiatry, Yale School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry: “The Citizenship Intervention”2012 First Place, Clinical Innovations in Psychiatry, Yale School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry: “The Citizenship Intervention”YSM, Department of Psychiatry (2012)
Citizenship intervention and measure development Glasgow, United Kingdom (2013 - 2017)
Research on citizenship as a framework for the social inclusion and full community membership of people with mental illnesses, including those with co-occurring substance addictions and/or criminal histories.
Mental health research Canada; France (2003 - 2013)
Research and consultation on citizenship and recovery-oriented care including peers (persons with lived experience of behavioral health disorders) as staff and researchers.