Chyrell D. Bellamy, PhD, MSW is an Associate Professor of Yale School of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry, Program for Recovery and Community Health (PRCH) and serves as the Director of Peer Services/ Research. Dr Bellamy is also the Acting Director of the Office of Recovery Community Affairs, appointed by the Commissioner of the Department of Mental Health and Addictions Services. She has experience as a frontline service provider, community educator and organizer, and as a community and academic researcher.
Dr Bellamy’s expertise includes developing and conducting community-based interventions and research initiatives; and, involving and partnering with community, specifically with people living with mental illness, addictions, trauma, and HIV. Her research examines sociocultural experiences and pathways to recovery in prevention and treatment.
Dr Bellamy and colleagues recently completed research funded by PCORI: “Increasing Healthcare Choices and Improving Health Outcomes among Persons with Serious Mental Illness”. She currently has a NIH NIMH R34 award: “Peer Wellness Enhancement for Patients with Serious Mental Illness and High Medical Costs”. She is also Co-PI with Dr Ayana Jordan of Yale Psychiatry, on the Imani Breakthrough: A Faith-based Response to the Opioid Crisis, a DMHAS funded State Opioids Response grant awarded by SAMHSA.
In her capacity as Director of Peer Services and Research she provides instruction on peer curricula development and training based on her research and practice experience with peer employees since 1993 (beginning with women living with HIV); training of peers to conduct research; research and evaluation on the effectiveness of peer support; and leadership training for people with lived experiences, via the LET(s)LEAD: Lived Experience Transformation Leadership Academy.
Dr Bellamy received her PhD in the Joint program in Social Work and Social Psychology from the University of Michigan and her MSW and BA from Rutgers University. She did a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the Center for Mental Health and Criminal Justice Research at Rutgers University.
Education & Training
- PhDUniversity of Michigan (2005)
- MSWRutgers State University (1993)