Authors

The following authors contribute to our blog and article pages on Recovery.org. Some other really nice things to say about the role of these authors, and how they are different from the other authors, that write specifically for Pro Corner

Author: Lauren Brande
Lauren Brande

Lauren Brande 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 psychology from Boston University, harnessing a particular interest in the effects that drugs and trauma have on the functioning brain.

She believes that all research should be accessible and digestible, and her passion fuels her desire to share important scientific findings to improve rehabilitation.

  • Credentials:
    Master's in Psychology, Boston University
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Christine Laplante is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with a multitude of trainings in trauma-informed care, substance abuse, integrated healthcare and human sexual development. Her clinical experience ranges from child through adult, and incorporates individual, relationship, family and group counseling services.

Christine currently works as a Director of a Care Management program for a Federal Qualified Health Center and maintains a private therapeutic practice where she focuses on trauma-informed care. Christine also contracts with local government units to provide rape crisis interventions and teaches psychology courses at a local community college.

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    NYS Licensure in Mental Health Counseling
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    Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Director of Care Management, Rape Crisis Therapist and Contracted Clinician, Adjunct Professor
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    Trauma-Informed Care, Group Dynamics, Sexual Assault, Sexual Health, Relationship Health, Recovery, Integrated Health Care, Psychology Education
Author: Leah Miller

Leah Miller is a mental health counselor and is trained as an alcohol and substance abuse counselor. Her clinical experience has included inpatient and outpatient treatment, and severe mental illness in residential and community settings.

She currently works as part of a residential transitional support team, and dedicates her free time to writing about substance abuse issues.

  • Credentials:
    Master's in Mental Health Counseling
  • Titles:
    Mental Health Counselor, Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor
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    Addiction, Dual Diagnosis, Mental Health
Author: Melissa DeCapua

Melissa DeCapua is a psychiatric nurse practitioner. Her clinical expertise includes child and adolescent psychiatry, psychosomatic medicine, and psychopharmacology.

Melissa currently works as a healthcare advisor at a virtual care startup called PointNurse and as a design researcher in the technology industry. In both these roles, she guides product development by combining her clinical expertise and creative thinking.

She is a strong advocate for nurse practitioners, and fiercely believes that they should play a pivotal role in shaping modern healthcare.

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    Doctor of Nursing Practice, Board Certification in Psychiatry
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    Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
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    Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Psychosomatic Medicine, Psychopharmacology
Meredith Watkins

Meredith Watkins, M.A., MFT, is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with specialities in eating disorders and dual diagnoses. As a seasoned editor and writer, she has also worked as a clinical editor for online addictions journals and websites, and ghostwritten for numerous medical and addictions professionals.

  • Credentials:
    Master's in Psychology (Chapman University)
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    Marriage and Family Therapist
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    Eating Disorders, Dual Diagnoses
Author: Marie Doutaz

Marie Doutaz is a psychotherapist. She has an M.A. in Expressive Psychotherapies and is trained as an alcohol and drug counselor and domestic violence interventionist.

Her clinical experience has included dual diagnosis inpatient, severe mental illness in psychiatric and community settings, family violence, and adult, adolescent, and child trauma.

She is recently retired from clinical practice and now devotes her time to writing in the fields of addiction, trauma, alternative medicine, and psychiatry.

  • Credentials:
    Master's in Expressive Psychotherapies
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    Registered Art Therapist, Licensed Professional Art Therapist, Certified, Alcohol and Drug Counselor, Batterer Intervention Provider
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    Addiction, Dual Diagnosis, Trauma, Domestic Violence
Author: Lauren Villa
Lauren Villa

Lauren 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.

Lauren holds a B.A. in Creative Writing from Johns Hopkins University and a Master’s in Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley.

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    Master's in Public Health, University of California (Berkeley)
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Author: Patrick Condron

Patrick Condron M.Sc., M.A.C., A.D.C., is a certified addictions counselor in West Virginia. Along with freelance writing in the addictions field, he is involved in ongoing education for professionals in health care.

He received his Master of Science degree in Addiction Studies from King's College, London, and Virginia Commonwealth University, and is an associate member of The American Society of Addiction Medicine.

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    Master of Science in Addiction Studies
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Author: Edie Weinstein

Edie Weinstein is a licensed social worker, journalist, interfaith minister, motivational speaker, and radio host. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Social Work. She has been in the field of mental health, addictions, and recovery since 1979.

Her clinical experience has included inpatient and outpatient psychotherapy and case management, dual diagnosis, outpatient drug and alcohol rehab, partial hospital programs (PHP), and intensive outpatient programs (IOP).

  • Credentials:
    Master of Social Work
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    Licensed Social Worker
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    Addiction, Dual Diagnosis, Mental Health, Women's Issues, Sexuality, Spirituality
Author: Joe Houchins
Joe Houchins

Originally from Texas, Joe moved to Boston in 2013 to complete Boston University's Master of Arts in Psychology program. His coursework was of a clinical focus, including abnormal psychology, statistics, personality, clinical psychology, and neuroscience.

Joe was also a teaching fellow and instructor at Boston University and gave lectures on Psychology and Criminal Justice, Social Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, and other topics. His Master's thesis focused on the associations and mediational relationships among treated individuals with bulimia and co-occurring borderline personality disorder symptomatology.

In addition to completing his Master's degree, Joe has written numerous research papers.

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    Master of Arts in Psychology (Boston University)
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Author: Dan Wagener
Dan Wagener

Dan Wagener, M.A., is a Web Content Editor at Recovery Brands.

Before Recovery Brands, he worked for a government contractor in the Washington, D.C. area, where he edited websites for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Prior to that, he was Senior Manager of Web Content and Communications Manager at the American Academy of Physician Assistants, and Senior Managing Editor at the Center for American Progress, a political think tank in D.C.

Dan holds a bachelor's degree in English from La Salle University and a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology from Lewis & Clark College. He has worked at substance abuse and mental health treatment programs for teens and adults.

  • Credentials:
    Master's in Counseling Psychology, Lewis & Clark College
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Erica L. Hermann is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and Licensed Addiction Counselor (LAC). She has her Master's in Social Work (MSW) and specializes in working with addictions and adolescents.

Erica's clinical experience includes residential treatment with adolescents with co-occurring disorders; outpatient individual, group and family therapy with adolescents with co-occurring disorders; school-based therapy with adolescents with co-occurring disorders; working with children in out-of-home placement; and school social work.

She currently works as a clinical school social worker at an alternative high school in Colorado, where she specializes in working with children with a wide range of mental health concerns, including substance abuse.

  • Credentials:
    Master of Social Work
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    Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Addiction Counselor, School Social Worker
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    Substance Abuse, Co-occurring Disorders, Adolescent Treatment, Family Therapy, Group Therapy, Multi-Systemic Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, Conduct Disorder

Lizmarie Maldonado is a biostatistician for The John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics at the University of Miami (UM) conducting genetic research for Parkinson’s disease. Prior to joining UM, she worked as an epidemiologist at the local health department in Miami-Dade.

She holds a Master of Science in Public Health degree, specializing in biostatistics from the University of South Florida.

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    Master of Science in Public Health, University of South Florida
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Author: Marisa Crane

Marisa Crane, B.S., is a Web Content Writer at Recovery Brands.

Before Recovery Brands, she 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 implement individualized treatment plans and prevention programs, as well as intervening when problematic behaviors arose.

Marisa has a bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences and a minor in Psychology from Drexel University and is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Social Work from Widener University.

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    B.S. in Health Sciences and minor in Psychology
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Author: Kaitlyn Motley

Kaitlyn Motley is the Mental Health and Substance Use Services Director at the Texas Council for Community Centers. She has an M.P.A. in Social Policy Management and an M.A. in Clinical Psychology. Her professional experience has been in mental health and substance use policy management, implementation and oversight.

Kaitlyn recently worked as Public Health Advisor and Project Officer at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and as a Social Science Analyst at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

(Note: These articles were prepared or accomplished by Kaitlyn Motley in her personal capacity. The opinions expressed in these articles are the author's own and do not reflect the view of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the Department of Health and Human Services, or the United States government.)

  • Credentials:
    Master's in Public Administration, Master's in Clinical Psychology
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    Mental Health and Substance Services Director
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    Policy, Mental Health, Addiction, Dual Diagnosis, Trauma, Domestic Violence, Children's Mental Health, Juvenile Justice, Community Outreach, Residential Treatment, Telemedicine, Evidence-Based and Promising Practices, Medication Assisted Treatment, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Author: Eric Patterson
Eric Patterson

Eric Patterson is a professional counselor who has been working for more than 10 years helping people of all ages to reach their goals and improve their well-being. He has a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology (MSCP) and is both a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).

Eric has worked as a collaborating investigator for the DSM-5 field trials and completed an agreement with the National Health Service Corp to provide mental health treatment to underserved communities/

  • Credentials:
    Master of Science in Counseling Psychology
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    National Certified Counselor, Licensed Professional Counselor
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Author: Leah Walker

Leah Walker is a licensed marriage and family therapist. She has over 20 years of clinical experience working with children, adolescents, and adults, and has a clinical focus in family relations, substance abuse, and trauma.

Leah has worked in several treatment settings, including inpatient, outpatient, and in-home therapy, both as a therapist and a clinical supervisor. She currently serves as a Director of adult outpatient services in a community health center.

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    Master's in Family Studies, Ph.D. in Family Relations
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    Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
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    Trauma, Child and Adolescent Therapy, Substance Abuse, Infant Mental Health
Author: Emily Guarnotta

Emily Guarnotta holds a doctorate in clinical psychology and has a special interest in treating and spreading awareness on drug, alcohol, and behavioral addictions. She has clinical experience working with dual diagnosis clients in residential and outpatient settings, older adults in nursing homes, and clients with severe mental illness.

Emily also works in private practice with children, adolescents, and adults experiencing a wide variety of issues, including anxiety, depression, substance abuse, and significant life changes.

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    Doctorate in Clinical Psychology
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    Dual Diagnosis, Substance Abuse Treatment, Mood Disorders, Anxiety Disorders

Fernando Saavedra has a Master's degree from the International Program in Addiction Studies and is finishing his graduate degree in Counseling and Development at George Mason University. He is both a freelance writer and counselor at a community mental health agency (specializing in treating substance use disorders).

As a writer, Fernando focuses on bridging the gap between research and practice by promoting the use of evidence-based treatments.

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    Master of Science in Addiction Studies
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Brittany Tackett is a transformational life coach, writer, and speaker in the mental health field. She holds a Master of Arts in Psychology with specialization in Transformational Life Coaching and International Certificate in Behavioral Studies.

Brittany has training in the following methodologies: Applied Behavioral Analysis, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Positive Psychology, Neuro-linguistic Programming, Creative Problem Solving, Dance Movement Therapy, Harm Reduction Therapy, Somatic Psychology, Buddhist Psychology, Motivational Interviewing, and Meditation.

She believes everything is interconnected and integrates all aspects of the human experience in her coaching. Brittany partners with clients to help them gain clarity and direction, connect to a higher purpose, transform limiting beliefs, and break through layers of conditioning to foster new ways of being. Her clients include young adults suffering from ADHD, entrepreneurs starting new businesses, and recovering addicts who seek support in accomplishing their goals.

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    Master of Arts in Transpersonal Psychology (specializing in Transformational Life Coaching), International Certificate in Behavioral Studies
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    Transformational Life Coach, Recovery Coach
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    Mental Health, Psychology, Personal Growth, Behavioral Change, Applied Behavioral Analysis, Addiction, Psychopathology, Meditation, Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Emotional Intelligence, Creative Expression, Mind-Body Connection
Rudolph C. Hatfield is a retired clinical neuropsychologist who specialized in the assessment and treatment of neurological and psychiatric disorders. He currently writes on topics related to human behavior, the brain, and research methods for numerous mental health sites and is the author of two books.
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    Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology
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    Clinical Neuropsychologist, Psychotherapist
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    Brain Behavior Relationships, Psychological Assessment, Psychotherapeutic Interventions, Statistics, Research Methodology
Author: Editoral Staff
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Author: Cassandra Keuma

Cassandra Keuma is a Licensed Practical Counselor Candidate. She has her Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health and is also a 500 hour certified Yoga Therapist.

Cassandra's clinical experience includes youth corrections where she worked with both the general population and the sex offender population, inpatient psychiatric care where she worked with clients with varying degrees of mental illness and those who had attempted suicide, and residential treatment where she worked as a group and individual therapist with clients dealing with addiction to substances.

She is currently working with the University of Utah conducting research on the benefits of mindfulness in treating those with chronic pain while also focusing on reducing their reliance upon highly addictive opiates.

  • Credentials:
    Master's in Clinical Mental Health
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    Licensed Practical Counselor Candidate, 500 Hour Yoga Instructor, Yoga Therapist
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    Clinical Assessment, Severe Mental Illness, Suicide, Trauma, Yoga/Meditation Therapy
Author: Stacy Mosel

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 Master's of Social Work degree in 2002. She has extensive training in child and family therapy, and in the identification and treatment of substance abuse and mental health disorders.

Currently, she is focusing on writing in the fields of mental health and addictions, drawing on her prior experience as an Employee Assistance Program counselor and as the Assistant Director of a child and family services agency.

  • Credentials:
    Master's in Social Work
  • Titles:
    Licensed Master Social Worker, Substance Abuse Professional (SAP)
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    Addictions, Dual Diagnosis, Mental Health, Employee Assistance