Yale’s Davidson receives
The $20,000 in funding will enable him to help interns gain experience in working with people
who have serious mental illnesses.
Throughout his 30 years mentoring colleagues and psychology interns
and working with people with serious
mental illness, Larry Davidson, PhD,
noticed a troubling reality: Many interns
don’t have enough experience with people
with illnesses such as schizophrenia and
bipolar disorder. That lack of interaction
could leave them unprepared for future
patients with these disorders.
Now, thanks to APF, Davidson will be
able to help build a research base — and
possible solution — for this problem.
As the recipient of the 2014 Alexander
Gralnick Research Investigator Prize,
Davidson, a professor of psychology
at Yale University who’s considered a
leader in the recovery movement, will
use a $20,000 grant to help pilot a study
on intern interaction with people with
serious mental illnesses.
The Gralnick prize is given to
psychologists who work with serious
mental illnesses, including bipolar
disorder, schizophrenia and depression.
“It’s a very prestigious award so
naturally I was thrilled to receive it,” says
The prize is particularly meaningful
because Davidson’s mentor, Courtney
Harding, PhD, also won the award
in 2005 for her contributions to
understanding serious mental illness.
Davidson was nominated for the
award by nine faculty members at Yale
With the grant money, Davidson
will study whether it is effective to train
people with serious mental illnesses to
become consultants for interns.
He believes the study will also help
interns overcome any stigma toward
people with mental illnesses, give them
more clinical experience and encourage
them to stay in the field of serious
The new study will build on his past
research looking at peer support and
helping people in recovery to find a place
“It’s been very enjoyable to train
people in recovery to provide support for
other people and to see how effective and
powerful it can be,” Davidson says. n
“It’s been very enjoyable to train people in recovery,” says Dr. Larry Davidson.