Chyrell Bellamy, Ph.D., MSW

Chyrell D. Bellamy is an Associate Professor in Yale’s Department of Psychiatry and serves as the Joint Director of Yale’s Program on Recovery and Community Health (PRCH). She has experience as a frontline service provider, community educator and organizer, community and academic researcher, and a person with lived experience. At PRCH, she is the Director of Peer Support Services & Research, and lends her expertise in 1) participatory research strategies, 2) research on sociocultural pathways of recovery from illness, 3) development of community-based psychosocial interventions, 4) training and research on peer support and community health work, and 5) qualitative research methods. She is the Director of the Yale Lived Experience Transformational Leadership Academy (LET(s)Lead). Dr Bellamy also serves as the Interim Director of the Office of Recovery Community Affairs (ORCA) for Connecticut’s Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS).

She identifies as a Black woman with lived experience of trauma, mental illness/distress, and addiction. She is known nationally and internationally for her work in developing, implementing, and disseminating peer support approaches for organizations and communities. Dr. Bellamy is a proud 2013 recipient of the Pearl Johnson Advocacy Award from the National Association for Rights Protection and Advocacy (NARPA). Dr. Bellamy’s research examines sociocultural experiences and pathways to wellness and recovery, like peer support and community based approaches. She has received various federal and state grants. Currently she is Principal Investigator on a National Institutes of Health Common Fund U01 award to study culturally responsive faith-based substance use disorder interventions for Black and Latinx people and is Principal Investigator on a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) grant on increasing health care choices and health outcomes among people with serious mental illness.