International Health Humanities Network Membership
Chrys Yates joined Mayo Clinic in Florida in August, 2011 as Program Coordinator for the Center for Humanities in Medicine. Prior to coming to Mayo, Chrys was Associate Director of Education and Public Programming at The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens in Jacksonville, FL. Chrys has more than 15 years of experience in the field of art education and arts in medicine. In 2001, Chrys co-founded Art Connections in Healthcare at The Cummer, a museum based program integrating the arts into healthcare facilities throughout North Florida, including Mayo Clinic. Chrys was a member of the first Community Advisory Board for Mayo Clinic in Florida’s Center for Humanities in Medicine from 2001 to 2006.
An interest in arts and its role for mental wellbeing led to my research and professional development in the arts therapies. Before that, I trained in psychology and psychotherapy and worked in clinical roles in mental health settings. In my PhD project I explored the value of arts therapies for the treatment of adult depression. My current research interests and collaborations concern the general wellbeing, physical activity of older adults and arts-based interventions for depression.