Elisa Bell, M.D., ’89, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Dr. Bell works full time as an outpatient child/adolescent psychiatrist at Edgewater Systems for Balanced Living in Gary, Indiana. She has become known as a “Community Psychiatrist” because of her dedication to educating her community. She set up a televised panel discussion on Lead Poisoning and its treatment. She was the spokesperson for the Human Animal Violence Connection (HVAC) featured on CBS News, CLTV News, FOX News in the Morning, and on Channel 19, a local Chicago channel. She has been featured in local newspapers and radio shows speaking about the mental health of children and adolescents. She was a panelist on a National teleconference with former President Bill Clinton and First Lady Hillary Clinton where she spoke on the state of youth today. In 2005, she was the guest speaker on Mental Health Treatment Issues for African American Adolescent Males at a conference at the University of Chicago. Dr. Bell also is active with autism groups and has developed outreach projects in West Africa and helping Hurricane Katrina victims.
Spearheading the Autism Parent Advocacy Group (PANS-G) in North¬west, Indiana, Dr. Bell has worked with parents to help them understand the epidemic of autism. She has also served seven years on the board for the Chicago Autism Connection. She is the founder of the Ghana Connection, a nonprofit organization in West Africa that provides primary prevention in the areas of medicine, education, and psychological services. Dr. Bell organized and developed a crisis intervention team to help students who were victims of Hurricane Katrina. She was also instrumental in developing a pilot study on African American Females with Asthma for the state of Illinois. On November 2, 2008, shell was the featured guest speaker at the NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet, where she spoke on the theme "Power, Justice, Freedom, and Voting." She has received numerous awards: Distinguished Alumni from Iowa Wesleyan College; Community Service Award from Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.; Southside Community Service Award; Induction into the Illinois State Martial Arts Hall of Fame - Community Service.