Dr. Eliza Belle, also referred to as “The Village Psychologist”, is a respected leader, speaker, and community advocate with over 17 years of experience in the field of mental health. As a Licensed Psychologist and Certified Forensic Examiner, she currently serves as the state Director of Psychology and Behavior Services for Alabama’s Department of Mental Health.
Her previous work experience includes the Department of Veterans Affairs, private and state psychiatric facilities, community mental health agencies, as well as college and university counseling centers. She received her B.S. in Psychology from Xavier University of Louisiana, an M.S. in Counseling from Loyola University of New Orleans, and Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from The University of Georgia.
Dr. Belle is the Owner and Executive Director of The Life Collective, a clinical wellness practice that works to normalize mental health for all populations through community partnerships, public advocacy, and delivery of therapy services. She is also the co- founder of Goals & Girlfriends, an empowerment network aimed at helping others further their dreams and life plans through the use of vision boards, group fellowship, and entertainment.
Dr. Belle has published research specific to ethnic minority representation, contributed a definition to the Encyclopedia of Counseling, as well as conducted research on the topic of stress and burnout as it relates to professionals of color. She has been featured as an expert contributor in publications including Essence and O (Oprah) magazine, Ebony, Teen Vogue, Huffington Post, Best Colleges, Parents, Fatherly, Reader’s Digest and Glamour magazine, among others as well as provides expert mental health input for television news programs.
Dr. Belle resides in Birmingham with her husband and two young daughters. She also serves as bonus mom and co-parent to a young adult daughter.