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April Wilson Smith, MPH, is a PhD student in Population Health at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. Her research focuses on harm reduction approaches to people who use substances when they enter the healthcare system.
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Arnold M. Washton
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Arthur P. Ciaramicoli
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Barry Lessin is an addiction psychologist and public health advocate with a career spanning almost 40 years as a clinician, administrator, educator, and researcher.
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Beth Sanders, LCSW, LCAS, MAC, CCS is a licensed clinical social worker with over 20 years’ experience in the addictions and mental health fields. She has a passion for assisting individuals in the journey of recovery, and has additional... Read More
Bradley F. Sorte
Bradley F. Sorte holds a Masters of Social Work degree and a Masters of Business Administration degree from Florida Atlantic University, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Rice University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Legal... Read More
Dr. Carolyn Coker Ross is a nationally known author, speaker and expert in the field of Eating Disorders and Integrative Medicine. She has written Healing Body, Mind and Spirit: An Integrative Medicine Approach to the Treatment of Eating Disorders... Read More
Cassandra Keuma, MA
Cassandra Keuma is a Licensed Practical Counselor Candidate. She has her Masters of Arts in Clinical Mental Health and is also a 500 hour certified Yoga Therapist.
Her clinical experience includes youth corrections where she worked with both the general... Read More
Cathy Taughinbaugh is a Certified Parent Coach who specializes in working with parents of children struggling with substance use.
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Chris Conrad is a court-qualified expert witness on cannabis (marijuana) who has testified more than 200 times in state, military and federal courts. He is also an expert on industrial hemp, religious and medical cannabis use. A curator of... Read More
Christine Brewer has over 20 years of experience in substance use disorders, crisis intervention, suicide prevention, disaster mental health, trauma, EMDR, and therapy with individuals, groups, couples, and families.
Her clinical experience includes gerontology, at-risk youth, homicide bereavement, dual diagnosis,... Read More
Corinne O'Keefe Osborn
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Dan Wagener is a Senior Web Content Editor for American Addiction Centers. Prior to taking on this role, he worked for a government contractor in the Washington, D.C. area, where he edited websites for the Substance Abuse and Mental... Read More
David L. Katz
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Dr. Rubenstein is a human health innovator. He has developed a safe and reliable system of health transformation called The Rubenstein Method that reverses a myriad of stress types within the body and brain.
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David A. Wiss
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The editorial staff of Rehabs.com is comprised of addiction content experts from American Addiction Centers. Our editors and medical reviewers have over a decade of cumulative experience in medical content editing and have reviewed thousands of pages for accuracy... Read More
Elizabeth de Moya
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Emily Mendez, MS, EdS
Emily Mendez is a mental health writer and expert with more than a decade of experience in mental health and substance abuse. As a former private practice psychotherapist, Emily specialized in treating adults and children suffering from depression, anxiety... Read More
Eric S. Dresdale
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A professional counselor, Eric Patterson has been helping children, adolescents, and adults reach their goals and improve their well-being for over 10 years.
Eric has also worked as a collaborating investigator for the field trials of the DSM-5 and he... Read More
Frederick Rotgers is a Licensed Psychologist and Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor in New Jersey. He earned his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Rutgers Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, where he is currently an adjunct... Read More
Gayle A. Dakof
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Helen M. Farrell, M.D., is a physician, expert witness, keynote speaker and writer. She is an award-winning Harvard Medical School Instructor in psychiatry. Dr. Farrell is a medical graduate of Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, where she was... Read More
A native of England, Howard Meitiner began his retail career in 1970 with the Debenham Department Store Group as a management trainee and rose through the organization to the position of General Manager of the Debenhams Oxford Street flagship... Read More
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Jaclyn Schuon earned her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Georgia School of Professional Psychology and she has been a licensed psychologist in the state of Georgia since 2009.
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Jeffrey T. Junig
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Jessica Brock-Pitts is a therapist with experience in treating substance use disorders and mental health issues. She has a Master of Social Work and is a License Clinical Social Worker.
Jessica's clinical experience has included dual diagnosis outpatient, severe mental... Read More
Joe Koelzer is a co-founder of The Clearing, a non 12 Step rehab focused on addressing the underlying core issues which fuel substance abuse, depression, anxiety, and other challenges to our mental health. He has years of counseling experience... Read More
John F. Kelly
Dr. John F. Kelly is the Elizabeth R. Spallin Associate Professor of Psychiatry in Addiction Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He is also the Program Director of the Addiction Recovery Management Service (ARMS), Director of the Recovery Research... Read More
Joseph Houchins, MA
Originally from Texas, Joe moved to Boston in 2013 to attend Boston University’s M.A. psychology program. His coursework was of a clinical focus, including abnormal psychology, statistics, personality, clinical psychology and neuroscience. Joe was also a teaching... Read More
Joslyn Jelinek, LCSW, RDDP is a clinical social worker practicing in Chicago, IL and Southwest Michigan. In 20 years of practice, her clinical specialties include substance abuse, perinatal mood disorders and anxiety. Her approach is holistic and dynamic and... Read More
Judson Brewer M.D. Ph.D. is a thought leader in the “science of self-mastery,” having combined over 15 years of experience with mindfulness training with his scientific research therein. He has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, spoken at... Read More
Katherine Schreiber, co-author of The Truth About Exercise Addiction, is a writer and editor based in New York City. Her work has been published by Psychology Today, Cosmopolitan, TIME, Greatist.com, and PsychCentral.com.
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Keith McAdam is a behavioral health provider with an integrated, harm reduction based dual-diagnosis program with the Duke Infectious Diseases Clinic and the Wake County Human Services HIV Clinic, through funding from the Ryan White CARE Act and SAMHSA.... Read More
Kelsey Galles is a content marketing specialist at Recovery Brands where she strategizes impactful ways to connect people struggling with addiction to educational resources and treatment options. Kelsey studied at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism where she earned... Read More
Kenneth Anderson, M.A. is the author of the book How to Change Your Drinking: a Harm Reduction Guide to Alcohol – a self-help manual for safer drinking, reduced drinking, or quitting alcohol altogether. Mr. Anderson is also the founder... Read More
Kevin A. Sabet
Kevin A. Sabet, Ph.D. has studied, researched, and written about drug policy, drug markets, drug prevention, drug treatment, criminal justice policy, addiction, and public policy analysis for almost 18 years. In 2000, he served in the Office of National... Read More
Dr. Kevin Murphy, a licensed psychologist, is the Clinical Director at The Men's Residence. His professional history includes expertise in individual and group therapy to treat those with dual diagnosis conditions (addiction and mental health problems); therapy with forensic... Read More
Kindra Sclar is a Senior Web Content Editor for American Addiction Centers and Rehabs.com. Before joining the company, she worked for more than 8 years as a print and web editor for several print and online publishers. Kindra has... Read More
Kindra Sclar is a Senior Web Content Editor for American Addiction Centers. Before joining the company, she worked for more than 8 years as a print and web editor for several print and online publishers. Kindra has worked on... Read More
Kristina Ackermann is the Director of Content at American Addiction Centers and an expert in the field of substance abuse. She has over a decade of medical editing and leadership experience, with a bachelor's degree from the University of... Read More
Lance Dodes, M.D. is a Training and Supervising Analyst Emeritus at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute and has retired from his position as assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He is the author or co-author... Read More
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Lauren Brande, MA, has dedicated her life to psychological research. She started off her career with a scholarship from the Western Psychological Association for her undergraduate work in perceptual processing. In 2014, she achieved her master of arts in... Read More
Lauren Muhlheim, Psy.D., CEDS is a psychologist who provides evidence-based psychotherapy for adults and adolescents.
In graduate school she trained at the Rutgers Eating Disorder Clinic under G. Terence Wilson, Ph.D. who (along with Christopher Fairburn) was instrumental in developing... Read More
Lauren Villa is a Web Content Writer at Recovery Brands. Before joining the company, she served as the Program Director for a community-based HIV/AIDS and cancer non-profit in San Francisco. Read More
Leah Miller is a mental health counselor and trained alcohol and substance abuse counselor. She has had clinical experience in both inpatient and outpatient treatment and has also helped those with severe mental illness in residential and community settings.
Leah... Read More
Leah Walker is a licensed marriage and family therapist. She earned a master’s degree in Family Studies and a PhD in Family Relations. She has over 20 years of clinical experience working with children adolescents and adults. She has... Read More
Linda Hatch has had a long career in clinical psychology including teaching, research, student counseling, child psychology and crisis intervention. In addition she worked for many years through the court system evaluating sex offenders, sexually violent predators and mentally... Read More
Lisa M. Najavits, PhD, is professor of psychiatry, Boston University School of Medicine; and lecturer, Harvard Medical School. She is a research psychologist at Veterans Affairs (VA) Boston Healthcare System and the Bedford VA; clinical associate, McLean Hospital; and... Read More
Liz Karter is a therapist in addiction, specializing in gambling addiction and women, practicing since 2001. Liz is the author of the book Women and Problem Gambling and her second book Working with Women’s Groups for Problem Gambling: Treating... Read More
Marc J. Romano is a Licensed Psychologist, a Board Certified Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner specializing in Mental Health for the entire life span, and a Certified Addiction Professional in Florida. He is also a Licensed Healthcare Risk Manager... Read More
Marc Lewis, Ph.D. is a neuroscientist and professor of developmental psychology, recently at the University of Toronto, where he taught and conducted research from 1989 to 2010, and presently at Radboud University in the Netherlands. He is the author... Read More
Before working at Recovery Brands, Marisa worked as a Behavioral Health Worker for urban youth in the school setting and as a Mental Health Worker for adolescents in a partial hospitalization program, where she worked closely with therapists to... Read More
Mark D. Schenker
Mark Schenker, Ph.D. has been a licensed psychologist for over 30 years, and has spent the majority of his career in the addiction treatment field. He began in the mental health arena in 1972, as an aide at McLean... Read More
Dr. Mark Griffiths is a Chartered Psychologist and Professor of Gambling Studies at the Nottingham Trent University, and Director of the International Gaming Research Unit. He has spent over 25 years in the field and is internationally known for... Read More
Mark Kleiman is Professor of Public Policy in the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, where he teaches methods of policy analysis, crime control, and drug policy. He is the editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis,... Read More
Mark Willenbring, M.D., the founder and CEO of Alltyr is the former Director of the Division of Treatment and Recovery Research of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda,... Read More
Marni Greenberg is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in California (License # PSY23970) with a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology. She opened her private practice in the summer of 2011 after 10 years of experience working for non-profit agencies in... Read More
Marni Low is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and (Certified Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC) in the state of New York. Marni has over 13 years experience providing comprehensive mental health and substance abuse services... Read More
Melissa Mills is a Registered Nurse and Case Manager that has dedicated her career to assisting clients in finding the right care at the right time. She received her Nursing Degree in 1998 and went on to obtain her... Read More
Meredith Watkins is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in dual diagnoses and eating disorders. She has worked as a clinical editor for online addictions journals and websites, and ghostwritten for numerous medical and addictions professionals. Read More
Michael V. Pantalon
Like you, Dr. Pantalon, addiction and motivation expert, is frustrated with how difficult it is to find good addiction treatment. In fact, only 1 out of every 10 people is in any formal addiction treatment and fewer still are... Read More
Mike Pond is a Vancouver, Canada-based psychotherapist, in-demand speaker, author and advocate for compassionate, evidence-based treatment for all who suffer from substance use disorders. Pond’s riveting account of his own trip to rock bottom and back gives him unique... Read More
Mitch Earleywine, Ph.D. is Professor of Psychology at the State University of New York at Albany. He received his bachelor's degree from Columbia University and his doctorate from Indiana University. Mitch has over 100 publications in scientific journals on... Read More
Myles B. Schlam
Myles B Schlam is an Attorney at Law in the State of Florida specializing in criminal defense and the Florida Marchman Act. He graduated from Florida Atlantic University for undergrad in ’95 where he earned a degree in criminal... Read More
Nadia is an undergraduate student at UC Berkeley with a passion for youth mental health advocacy. In 2016, she founded the 501c3 nonprofit TeenzTalk after her own experience with aiding in the prevention of her close friend's suicide.
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Nicole Arzt, MS, LMFT
Nicole Arzt is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in providing psychotherapy for individuals, families, and groups struggling with substance use disorders and psychiatric illnesses. She received her Master of Science from California State University, Long Beach in... Read More
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Paul J. Gallant
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Peg O’Connor, Ph.D. is Professor of Philosophy and Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota. Her new book, Life on the Rocks: Finding Meaning in Addiction and Recovery (Central Recovery Press, 2016) is... Read More
Polly E. Drew
Polly E. Drew, M.Ed., LCSW, LMFT, is a psychotherapist who specializes in relationship, marital and family issues. She has been honored locally and nationally for her contributions to the field of mental health and marriage and family therapy. Drew... Read More
Rai ("Ray") Cornell, M.A., is a freelance health, psychology, and science writer.
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Raychelle Lohmann has been a counselor since 1998. She has done extensive research in the domain of anger management and careers. She is a published author and enjoys speaking and presenting at conferences and facilitating workshops.
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Rita Milios, LCSW, "The Mind Mentor," combines the science of neuro-biology, traditional psychotherapy techniques, and spiritual growth techniques gleaned from ancient wisdom traditions to help people re-program old, entrenched, self-defeating habits and attitudes and successfully treat anxiety, depression, addictions... Read More
Dr. Robert Lefever is a graduate of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge and The Middlesex Hospital Medical School in London. After winning a singing scholarship and hoping to become a professional musician, he found greater happiness as a family physician.... Read More
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Robert Weiss LCSW, CSAT-S is Senior Vice President of Clinical Development with Elements Behavioral Health. A licensed UCLA MSW graduate and personal trainee of Dr. Patrick Carnes, he founded The Sexual Recovery Institute in Los Angeles in 1995. He... Read More
Roger A. Roffman
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Rory C. Reid
Rory C. Reid, Ph.D., LCSW is considered one of a few international experts on hypersexual behavior with over 15 years of clinical and research experience. He has published more peer-reviewed scientific articles on this topic than anyone else in... Read More
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Sally Chew is a lesbian journalist based in New York City. She has been an editor at Time Inc.’s Health.com as well as at Vibe, Out and POZ magazines. She has also authored a true crime book and worked... Read More
Scot Thomas, MD
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Sean X. Luo
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Sophie Stein, MSN
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Stacy Mosel is a licensed social worker, psychotherapist and substance abuse specialist. After receiving a Bachelor's degree in Music from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, she continued her studies at New York University, earning a... Read More
Stanton Peele, Ph.D., J.D., is the author (with Ilse Thompson) of Recover! An Empowering Program to Help You Stop Thinking Like an Addict and Reclaim Your Life. He was clinical director and designer of the Life Process Program... Read More
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Trish Farley is an anti-oppressive social worker, consultant, trainer and community organizer based in New York City. With over a decade of experience in nonprofit programs, her working knowledge draws from building relationships in a variety of settings: schools,... Read More
Veronica Valli has worked as a therapist and life coach specializing in addiction for over ten years; her experience includes working with young people in the criminal justice system, primary care adult treatment and private practice in London, UK.... Read More
Dr. Walter Ling is Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and the founding director of the Integrated Substance Abuse Programs (ISAP) at UCLA, one of the foremost substance abuse research groups in the US. He is board certified in neurology... Read More
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