Community Psychiatrist

Dr. Carl A. Hammerschlag is a Yale-trained Community Psychiatrist. This is a subspecialty in psychiatry which recognizes that external forces like poverty, racism, and assorted traumas determine what we see, feel and do. Effectively dealing with problems in living, requires learning how to manipulate both internal and external environments.

A community psychiatrist integrates existing healthcare resources in the community. This includes people whose talents as caregivers often goes unseen and under-utilized — from grandmothers dispensing kitchen table wisdom, to clergy, counselors, body workers, indigenous practitioners, and a host of self-help groups that remind us we are not alone.

We heal better in community, because the more people pulling together toward a common goal, the better the likelihood that a good outcome will happen.


Books – “Healing in Community” is a chapter in Dr. Hammerschlag’s new book Kindling Spirit

Blog/Column – related Schlagbytes (Tucson Healing, 1/31/11; Philly Phull Moon Phest, 9/26/10; Live From Iquitos, 8/18/10; Amazon Promise, 4/13/09).

Native Americans: A Story of Transgenerational Resilience
Arizona Psychiatric Society Newsletter, Vol. 5, No. 1, 2014 I appreciate the invitation to address my Arizona colleagues on the psychiatric care of Native Americans. Generally, when we hear the words psychiatric care and Native Americans, it immediately conjures up a symptomatic population rife with substance abuse, domestic violence, high suicide rates among the young, […]

Global outreach project is not your ordinary mental health clinic
Clinical Psychiatry News, Nov. 2013 We are in the midst of enormous changes in health care delivery. Implementation of the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will make health care accessible to more people than ever before, and ushers in a cultural shift from a prohibitively expensive interventional health care model to one based […]