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Dr. Carl Bell

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Profession

Category:
MedicalMakers
Occupation(s):
Psychiatrist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
Pizza
Favorite Time of Year:
None
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
Nobody Cares.

Birthplace

Born:
10/28/1947
Birth Location:
Chicago, Illinois

Profession

Category:
MedicalMakers
Occupation(s):
Psychiatrist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
Pizza
Favorite Time of Year:
None
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
Nobody Cares.

Birthplace

Born:
10/28/1947
Birth Location:
Chicago
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Biography

Psychiatrist Dr. Carl Compton Bell was born on October 28, 1947, in Chicago, Illinois, to Pearl Debnam Bell and William Yancey Bell, Jr. Bell grew up in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood and graduated from Hyde Park High School in 1965. He received his B.A. degree in biology from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1967. Bell received his M.D. degree in 1971 from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee. He completed his psychiatric residency in 1974 at the Illinois State Psychiatric Institute in Chicago, where he worked with children, adolescents and adults. From 1974 to 1976, Bell served as a Lt. Commander in the United States Navy.

Bell has worked as a psychiatrist at numerous Chicago area institutions including Jackson Park Hospital, Human Correctional and Service Institute, Chatham Avalon Mental Health Center, the Chicago Board of Education, and the Community Mental Health Council. In 1982, Bell became the medical director of the Community Mental Health Council, one of the largest not-for-profit community mental health centers in the U.S. Since 1987, he has been the president and CEO of the Community Mental Health Council. He has been a professor of clinical psychiatry at the University of Illinois School of Medicine and School of Public Health. In addition, Bell hosted radio talk shows on mental health issues on WVON-AM and WJPC-FM in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Bell is a National Institute of Mental Health international researcher and an author of more than 400 books, chapters, and scientific publications addressing issues of children exposed to violence, violence prevention, HIV prevention, isolated sleep paralysis and misdiagnosis of Manic Depressive Illness. He is the editor of Psychiatric Perspectives on Violence: Understanding Causes and Issues in Prevention and Treatment, and author of Getting Rid of Rats: Perspectives of a Black Community Psychiatrist and The Sanity of Survival: Reflections on Community Mental Health and Wellness.

Bell is the recipient of numerous awards including the E.Y. Williams Distinguished Senior Clinical Scholar Award from the National Medical Association in 1992. He received the American Psychiatric Association President's Commendation on Violence in 1997. Bell was appointed to the Violence Against Women Advisory Council by then U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno and was a participant in the White House's Strategy Session on Children, Violence, and Responsibility. He was appointed to the working group for the Surgeon General's Report on Mental Health - Culture, Race, and Ethnicity; and to the Planning Board for the Surgeon General's Report on Youth Violence. In recognition of his efforts to reduce violence, Bell became the first recipient of the American Psychiatric Foundation's Minority Service Award in 2004.

Bell is a member of the American Psychiatric Association, the American Association of Community Psychiatrists, the National Medical Association, Black Psychiatrists of America, and a former vice-president and editor of the American College of Psychiatrists. He is also a founding member and past board chairman of the National Commission on Correctional Health Care.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Dr. Carl Bell describes his father's family background, pt. 1
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  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Dr. Carl Bell remembers his paternal grandfather, pt. 1
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  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Dr. Carl Bell remembers visiting his paternal grandfather in South Boston, Virginia
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  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Dr. Carl Bell describes his father's role with the Urban League of Greater Atlanta
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  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Dr. Carl Bell talks about his family's influence, pt. 1
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  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Dr. Carl Bell talks about the debate over nature versus nurture in psychology
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Dr. Carl Bell describes his parents' personalities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Dr. Carl Bell describes his earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Dr. Carl Bell remembers his home life
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Dr. Carl Bell describes the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Dr. Carl Bell recalls his early gang involvement
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Dr. Carl Bell remembers his neighbor, Bryant Gumbel
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Dr. Carl Bell recalls his early influences
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Dr. Carl Bell describes his early educational experiences, pt. 1
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  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Dr. Carl Bell remembers his eighth grade teacher
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  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Dr. Carl Bell recalls his interest in comic books
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Dr. Carl Bell reflects upon his experiences in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Dr. Carl Bell remembers Hyde Park High School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Dr. Carl Bell remembers his graduation from high school
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Dr. Carl Bell recalls his acceptance to the University of Illinois at Chicago Circle
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Dr. Carl Bell remembers his mother's death
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Dr. Carl Bell talks about his college experiences
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Dr. Carl Bell describes his experiences of racial discrimination in Indiana
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Dr. Carl Bell remembers his college apartment in the Woodlawn neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Dr. Carl Bell talks about his brother's death
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  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Dr. Carl Bell talks about the psychology of childhood trauma
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Dr. Carl Bell recalls the racial quota at the University of Illinois College of Medicine
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Dr. Carl Bell recalls his first impressions of Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Dr. Carl Bell recalls his arrest in Pulaski, Tennessee
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Dr. Carl Bell remembers being bailed out of jail by his medical professor
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Dr. Carl Bell recalls becoming the target of an FBI investigation
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Dr. Carl Bell describes his experiences at Meharry Medical College
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Dr. Carl Bell remembers his decision to study psychiatry, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Dr. Carl Bell remembers his decision to study psychiatry, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Dr. Carl Bell recalls his psychiatric residency
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Dr. Carl Bell recalls his service in the U.S. Navy
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  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Dr. Carl Bell talks about racial discrimination in healthcare
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Dr. Carl Bell describes the Black Psychiatrists of America
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Dr. Carl Bell recalls working with Douglas Foster
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Dr. Carl Bell describes his public health initiatives in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Dr. Carl Bell describes his role at the Community Mental Health Council, Inc.
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Dr. Carl Bell describes the problems with psychology
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Dr. Carl Bell talks about Sigmund Freud's theory of spirituality
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Dr. Carl Bell describes his professional collaborations with Dr. David Satcher
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Dr. Carl Bell talks about predictive factors in childhood psychology
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Dr. Carl Bell describes the theory of collective efficacy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Dr. Carl Bell talks about the suicide rate among African Americans
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Dr. Carl Bell describes the stigma against medical research in the African American community
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Dr. Carl Bell describes his initiatives at the Community Mental Health Council, Inc.
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Dr. Carl Bell talks about suicide in the African American community
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Dr. Carl Bell describes the importance of preventative healthcare
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Dr. Carl Bell shares his personal philosophy
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Dr. Carl Bell reflects upon his life
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  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Dr. Carl Bell reflects upon his spirituality
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  • Tape: 8 Story: 8 - Dr. Carl Bell reflects upon his legacy
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  • Tape: 8 Story: 10 - Dr. Carl Bell describes how he would like to be remembered