SMART Recovery is pleased to present a talk with John Kelly, Ph.D., the Elizabeth R. Spallin Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.
He emphasizes the need for addiction recovery support programs based on science, such as SMART, as well as the science on traditional and other recovery support services.
In recent years, the models for addiction treatment and support have seen innovation and expansion beyond traditional options. Dr. Kelly shares with us what the research says about some of the options becoming more available, such as recovery community centers, sober housing models, recovery high schools/collegiate recovery programs, recovery management check-ups, recovery community organizations, and of course, peer support/mutual-help organizations including SMART Recovery.
Dr. Kelly is the Elizabeth R. Spallin Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, which is the first professorship in Addiction Medicine at Harvard and will carry his name thereafter. He is 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 a former President of the American Psychological Association (APA) Society of Addiction Psychology, a Fellow of APA, and a Diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology. 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 Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation and Caron Foundation; and internationally to foreign governments. He is also on the editorial board of several addiction journals.
In addition to publishing more than 150 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 SMART Recovery, as adjuncts to formal care.
He has also served as SMART’s Director of Research for the past 5 years. Additional research endeavors have focused on the implementation of evidence-based practice, addiction and criminal justice, and reducing stigma associated with addiction. John is also a licensed clinical psychologist actively working with individuals and families with alcohol and other drug use disorders.
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