‘Substance Use Disorder Treatment: Top 10 Things to Ask’

Dr. Carise is a clinical psychologist and part of the recovery community for 35+ years. An Adjunct Clinical Professor at University of Pennsylvania (since 1997), her career has spanned research, clinical, teaching, and executive positions in behavioral health. She is currently working as an expert consultant/witness on various opioid-related cases. Most recently a founder/Chief Clinical Officer at Recovery Centers of America, she led the all clinical aspects of RCA’s de-novo set-up from clinical building space, zoning meetings, development of RCA’s treatment and recovery services, including detoxification, residential, partial hospital, intensive and traditional outpatient, and family services. CRC had over >100 programs, and she was also Chief Clinical Advisor for Sierra Tucson, a premier facility treating substance abuse, pain, mood, eating and trauma disorders.  Phoenix House is a nonprofit substance abuse treatment provider with over 100 programs in 10 states where Dr. Carise developed national standards for clinical care, Clinical Toolkits for over 30 evidence-based practices, and helped usher in a new era of care to position the company to successfully address changes secondary to healthcare reform. She has published over 100 articles, books, and chapters. Dr. Carise is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine (since 1997).  She has been affiliated with UPENN since completing a NIDA Post-Doctoral fellowship at the Center for Studies of Addiction in the Department of Psychiatry from 1994-96. She earned both her bachelor’s degree (1988) and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (1993) from Drexel/ Hahnemann University. She has worked extensively internationally, with treatment providers in Nigeria, Mexico, Thailand, Egypt, Greece, Singapore, Brazil, China and numerous other countries to help develop national systems that integrate scientifically validated tools into clinical treatment delivery.

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