Leadership

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John F. Kelly, Ph.D.

Dr. Kelly is the Elizabeth R. Spallin Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, the founder and Director of the Recovery Research Institute at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), the Program Director of the Addiction Recovery Management Service (ARMS) and the Associate Director of the Center for Addiction Medicine at MGH. Dr. Kelly is President of the American Psychological Association (APA) Society of Addiction Psychology, and is also a Fellow of APA. He has served as a consultant to U.S. federal agencies such as the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and the national Institutes of Health (NIH); to non-Federal institutions, such as the Betty Ford Institute and the Hazelden Foundation; and internationally to the British Parliament Drugs Misuse Taskforce. He is currently an Associate Editor for the journals, Addiction, and the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment. He has published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles, reviews, and chapters in the field of addiction. His clinical and research work has focused on addiction treatment and the recovery process which has included specific research on the effectiveness of mutual-help groups, such as Alcoholics Anonymous, as adjuncts to formal care. His additional research endeavors have focused on the translation and implementation of evidence-based practice, addiction and criminal justice, addiction treatment theories and mechanisms of action, and reducing stigma associated with addiction. He is a licensed clinical psychologist actively working with individuals and families with alcohol and other drug use disorders.

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Susan Broderick

Susan Broderick joined Georgetown University’s Center for Juvenile Justice Reform (CJJR) in October of 2008 as a Research Professor and Project Director.  As Project Director for CJJR’s MacArthur Foundation’s Models for Change Initiative, Susan’s work focuses on supporting the active participation of prosecutors in the Models for Change juvenile justice reform efforts.  Susan has worked as an Assistant District Attorney in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office from 1989 until 2003.  During that time, she was assigned to domestic violence, homicide and sex crimes cases.  In 2000, she was appointed Deputy Bureau Chief of the Family Violence and Child Abuse Bureau and later joined the staff at the National District Attorney’s Association’s National Center for the Prosecution of Child Abuse.  In 2006, she was appointed Director of the Juvenile Justice Program and was named Interim Director of APRI, NDAA’s Research and Development Division.  As a person in long-term recovery, Susan is committed to improving justice system responses to addiction and recovery.  She also serves as an Advisory Board member for both “Reclaiming Futures” and “Young People in Recovery” and supports the work of “Faces and Voices of Recovery” and the Caron Foundation. She has written and lectured on the subject of recovery across the country and internationally.

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Arthur C. Evans Jr., Ph.D.

Arthur C. Evans Jr, Ph.D. is the Commissioner of Philadelphia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services (DBHIDS), a $1 billion healthcare agency.  Since Dr. Evans’ appointment in November 2004, Philadelphia has begun a transformation of its system to one that focuses on recovery for adults, resilience for children and self-determination for all people with intellectual disabilities.  Dr. Evans is a clinical and community psychologist.  He holds a faculty appointment at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.  He has also held faculty appointments at the Yale University School of Medicine and Quinnipiac University.  Prior to coming to Philadelphia, Dr. Evans was the Deputy Commissioner for the Connecticut Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services (DMHAS).  He was instrumental in implementing a recovery-oriented policy framework, addressing health care disparities and increasing the use of evidence-based practices.  Dr. Evans has served or is currently serving in several national leadership roles.  Dr. Evans is highly committed to serving people who are underserved and ensuring that all people have access to effective, quality services.

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A. Thomas Horvath, Ph.D.

A. Tom Horvath, Ph.D., is a California licensed and board certified clinical psychologist (ABPP). Dr. Horvath is the founder and CEO of Practical Recovery (www.practicalrecovery.com), a San Diego based self-empowering addiction treatment system which includes two residential treatment facilities, a sober living home, and outpatient services. He is past president of the American Psychological Association’s Society of Addiction Psychology (Division 50; www.apa.org), the world’s largest organization of addiction psychologists. He is the author of Sex, Drugs, Gambling & Chocolate: A Workbook for Overcoming Addictions, which is listed by the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies as a “Self-Help Book of Merit.” He has been president of SMART Recovery (an international, non-profit, science-based, self-empowering addiction support group) for many years (www.smartrecovery.org). He teaches graduate courses on substance abuse at Alliant International University, and was previously adjunct instructor in Leadership Studies at the University of San Diego.

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Keith Humphreys

Keith Humphreys is a Professor (Research) of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, a VA Senior Research Career Scientist and a CHP/PCOR associate.  A clinical/community psychologist by training, Humphreys’ research focuses on the prevention and treatment of addictive disorders, and, on the extent to which subjects in medical research differ from patients seen in everyday clinical practice. Since 2004, Humphreys has also volunteered as a consultant and teacher in the multinational humanitarian effort to rebuild the psychiatric care system of Iraq, for which he recently won the American Psychological Association’s Award for Distinguished Contribution to the Public Interest.  Dr. Humphreys has been extensively involved in the formation of federal policy, having served as a member of the White House Commission on Drug Free Communitites, the VA National Mental Health Task Force, and the National Advisory Council of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. He recently spent a sabbatical year as Senior Policy Advisor at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.

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Thomas A. Kirk Jr., Ph.D.

Thomas Kirk is a healthcare executive whose extensive career includes nationally recognized design, operational and leadership experience in large public and private behavioral healthcare systems. Among his professional appointments are President/Chief Executive Officer of a private addiction agency, Deputy Commissioner and then Commissioner (CEO) of the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.  His 10 year tenure as Commissioner was notable for the overarching strategic goal set at the outset- to design and implement a recovery-oriented system of care (ROSC).  Dr. Kirk’s service at the national level includes a three year term on the National Institute on Drug Abuse Advisory Council. He had previously served (2005-2009) on the National Advisory Council of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration.  He holds an appointment in the Yale School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry as Professor (Adjunct) and is associated with the Yale Program for Recovery and Community Health. Career recognitions include the Legacy Award and the Yale School of Medicine/Psychiatry Mental Health Research Advocacy Award.  He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and serves on the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery, Inc. (CCAR).

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Joanne Peterson

Joanne Peterson is the Founder and Executive Director of Learn to Cope (LTC), a non-profit organization which was started in 2004. She is also a parent of a son in long term recovery from opiate addiction which began with OxyContin. LTC is a unique solutions-based, peer-led organization that offers support, education, advocacy and hopepeer-led organization for family members of those addicted to opiates and other drugs. Learn to Cope has a website which provides a support forum with over 5,000 registered families locally and nationally as well as 12 chapters throughout Massachusetts that hold weekly meetings. LTC has been recognized locally and nationally through many media outlets. Joanne has testified numerous times at the State House in Boston as well as in Congress in Washington, DC and at several FDA meetings. Joanne has received many awards for community support, advocacy and education on the dangers of prescription drugs including two official citations from the Massachusetts Senate and Governor Deval Patrick.

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Patricia Taylor

Patricia (Pat) Taylor is the executive director of Faces and Voices of Recovery, an organization which has become the national voice of the organized addiction recovery community. She established the Association of Recovery Community Organizations in 2011 and developed an accreditation system for recovery community organizations to participate in health reform as providers of peer recovery support services.  She successfully advocated for the enactment of Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008.  She has been involved in public education and awareness activities around parity and Affordable Care Act implementation including Essential Health Benefits and enrollment and engagement programming.  She has also developed projects and programming including Online Guide to Mutual Aid Resources, Recovery Voices Count non-partisan Civic Engagement Campaign, Our Stories Have Power Messaging and Media Training, The Science of Addiction and Recovery Training, The Recovery Bill of Rights and the International Recovery Resource Guide.

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Phillip Valentine

Phillip Valentine is the Executive Director for the Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery (CCAR)and has been an integral component in this Recovery Community Organization since January 1999.  An accomplished speaker and presenter, he has gained recognition as a leader in the recovery community receiving awards from the Johnson Institute and Faces and Voices of Recovery.  Currently, he is spearheading CCAR’s effort to build a statewide network of Recovery Community Centers that feature innovative peer recovery support services.  In recovery since December 28, 1987, he is the author of “Hooked on Recovery”, a column that has enlightened the public about his personal recovery process in efforts to ease the discrimination surrounding addiction and recovery. A University of Connecticut graduate, he has worked as a counselor in a detox and residential treatment setting. He is married and has five children.  He coaches youth travel soccer and his favorite hobbies are surf fishing, golf and movies.

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William L. White

William (“Bill”) White is a Senior Research Consultant at Chestnut Health Systems, past-chair of the board of Recovery Communities United and a volunteer consultant to Faces and Voices of Recovery.  He has a Master’s degree in Addiction Studies from Goddard College and has worked full time in the addictions field since 1969 as a streetworker, counselor, clinical director, trainer and researcher.   Bill has authored or co-authored more than 450 articles, monographs, research reports, book chapters and 16 books.  Bill’s sustained contributions to the treatment field in the United States have been acknowledged by awards from the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, NAADAC:  The Association of Addiction Professionals, the American Society of Addiction Medicine, the American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence and the Native American Wellbriety Movement.  He has also recently published two seminal monographs:  Recovery Management and Recovery-oriented Systems of Care:  Scientific Rationale and Promising Practices and Peer-based Addiction Recovery Support:  History, Theory, Practice and Scientific Evaluation.  His collected papers can be found at www.williamwhitepapers.com

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Michael L. Dennis, Ph.D.

Dr. Michael Dennis is a Senior Research Psychologist in Chestnut Health System’s research division and the Director of its Global Appraisal of Individual Needs (GAIN) Coordinating Center (GCC). As a researcher he is the currently the PI or Co-PI of 3 studies on addiction recovery and has formerly directed over three dozen drug abuse studies focusing on managing addition as a chronic condition and recovery pathways.  He has published over 200 articles and led over a dozen major coordinating centers in the field, most notably the Cannabis Youth Treatment (CYT) experiments – the largest adolescent experiments conducted to date.  He is the developer of the GAIN, a standardized biopsychosocial measure that integrates research and clinical assessment.  The GCC works with over 3000 agencies to teach professionals how to use the GAIN to support clinical work, program development and evaluation. His past service includes being Chair of the Data Safety Monitoring Board for National Institute on Drug Abuse’s (NIDA) Division of Epidemiology, Services and Prevention Research (DESPR), Chair of National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) Health Services Independent Research Group, Chair of the Society for Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment Effectiveness,  Program Chair of the Joint Meeting on Adolescent Treatment Effectiveness (JMATE) and serving on multiple editorial boards.  He has received numerous awards and accolades for his research efforts in addiction and recovery management.

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David Best, Ph.D.

Dr. David Best is qualified as a psychologist and a criminologist and was trained at Strathclyde University and London School of Economics, and has worked at the Institute of Psychiatry, Birmingham University, University of the West of Scotland, and is currently Head of Research and Workforce Development at Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre in Melbourne, and Associate Professor of Addiction Studies at Monash University. He is Chair of Recovery Academy Australia, vice-chair of Recovery Academy UK and was the first chair of the Scottish Drugs Recovery Consortium. He is the author of two books on recovery and his research interests are around recovery and social connectedness and measuring recovery processes and pathways.