Larry Davidson, PhD
Professor of Psychology, 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
I am a Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Yale, and also serve as the Senior Clinical Officer and Mental Health Policy Director for the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.
Role in Program:
My training, research, and policy interests focus on the interface of recovery in psychiatric and substance use disorders with membership in society. I have investigated processes of recovery in psychosis, using peer support and other social engagement strategies in engaging people with co-occurring disorders and/or who are homeless into care, the development of qualitative and participatory research methods, the development and evaluation of innovative, community-based psychosocial interventions, and the promotion of collaborative relationships between people with behavioral health disorders and their healthcare providers. Much of this work has been oriented toward articulating a disability and civil rights perspective on psychiatric disorders, attempting to create an array of pathways into community life for people with psychiatric disabilities. Throughout this work, my colleagues and I also have attempted to identify and redress social, political, and economic disparities as they relate to healthcare, opportunities for recovery, and the participation of persons with disabilities in the activities, and communities, of their choice.
I have been very blessed with a wonderful family that absorbs most of my interest. I enjoy spending time with my wife, our children, our friends, and our dogs, cooking, eating, celebrating, reading, and watching movies.