Chyrell Bellamy, MSW, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry
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 work at PRCH primarily focuses on peer support services. I am currently the Director of Peer Services and Research. I am also involved in the following programs related to this topic area: the Culturally Responsive Person Centered Care (PCP) Project, which has a strong peer component; and in a research project examining the role of Social Clubs in Connecticut for people in recovery.
I consider my life a walking narrative. My work is centered on my personal recovery journey from various issues and concerns (including addictions, mental illness, and PTSD). So far it has been an awesome journey, of course with amazing twists and turns; so I am indeed blessed to have the opportunity to give back to the community at large and look forward to my continual evolvement. I am a graduate of the joint PhD in Social Work and Social Psychology at the University of Michigan, and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Mental Health Services and Criminal Justice Research at Rutgers University. My research interest includes the exploration of sociocultural factors (gender, race, ethnicity, class, culture, and illness status) and how they influence recovery from psychiatric illness and substance use, primarily through qualitative research methods. I also have a strong interest and expertise in Supported Education, a program model that assists adults with psychiatric illnesses who are transitioning to post-secondary education.
I am presently on the Board of the Connecticut’s chapter of the U.S. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association, and was a former board member of Michigan USPRA. In addition, I was a research associate on several psychosocial rehabilitation research projects including the Michigan Supported Education Program (MSEP), Supported Education Community Action Group (SECAG), and Assessing Consumer-Centered Services (ACCS) all at the University of Michigan, formerly directed by the late, Dr Carol T Mowbray – my mentor, colleague, and hero.
My practice concerns as well as research, also center on the needs of women and people of color with HIV. I received my MSW from Rutgers in 1993 in Health Social Work and served some time as a clinician and then as the Assistant Director of the NJ Women and AIDS Network (a non-profit education and advocacy organization).
For fun… My work with peers is fun and exciting. It keeps me grounded, thus more in touch with the essence of recovery. In short, I love what I do and hope this is evident through my passion for my work, for connecting with people, and for life. I do enjoy canoeing, trying to sing and dance (I do neither well, but have fun pretending), listening to music, loving my black cat-Llerych, talking with friends and family, and reading novels each night before falling asleep.