Priscilla Ridgway, Ph.D.
Program for Recovery & Community Health
Department of Psychiatry
Yale University School of Medicine
319 Peck Street, Bldg. One
New Haven, CT 06513
Role in Program:
My current work involves developing and evaluating consumer recovery education programming (e.g. Recovery 101, and Pathways to Recovery groups with Focus on Recovery, United a consumer run organization); designing an evaluation methodology assessing ERFS (Elements of a Recovery Facilitating System) for the SAMHSA state infrastructure transformation grant (T-SIG), and expansion of peer support initiatives in Connecticut. I’m also involved in designing a method for assessing consumer recovery outcomes (the Recovery Markers Questionnaire) further developing recovery oriented performance indicators (the ROSI or Recovery Oriented Systems Indicators and the REE or Recovery Enhancing Environment measure), and writing and editing a variety of materials on recovery.
My work has always concerned human rights, recovery, services that support recovery, and amplifying the voice of mental health consumers. In the past I have done innovative work on consumer preference needs assessment methods; created supported housing models and conducted housing research; synthesized information on a variety of evidence based practices; prepared and delivered recovery education for staff and people in recovery; assessed recovery-enhancing practice; and, undertaken efforts that support the transformation of mental health programs and systems.
My work in the field of mental health spans more than 30 years, from being a psychiatric aide, case manager, and advocate for psychiatric inpatients, program director in an innovative psychosocial rehabilitation agency, and coordinator of research and planning for a state mental health department. For the last 20 years I’ve worked within organizations committed to innovation and building recovery paradigm knowledge, including the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation at Boston University, the University of Kansas Office of Mental Health Research and Training and Advocates for Human Potential, Inc.
My education includes a BA, MSW and PhD in Social Work, and I have learned a great deal through the personal experience of recovery from brain trauma and post traumatic stress disorder.
My work in the last several years includes co-authoring Pathways to Recovery: A Strengths Self Help Workbook for personal recovery; national research on a team primarily of consumer researchers in the What Helps and What Hinders Recovery? Project; work on recovery and resilience, hope, and spirituality; and defining elements of a recovery and recovery facilitating system and the development of recovery performance indicators.
My personal interests include spiritual pursuits, painting and drawing, reading and travel.