Speakers

Andy Finch, PhD, is Assistant Professor of the Practice and School Counseling Coordinator for the Human Development Counseling Program in the Department of Human and Organizational Development at Vanderbilt University. Dr. Finch is a leader in the development and research of recovery high schools in the United States, and he is a co-founder of the Association of Recovery Schools.  Among his published works are Starting a Recovery School and Approaches to Substance Abuse and Addiction in Educational Communities: A Guide to Practices that Support Recovery in Adolescents and Young Adults, on which he was a co-editor. He serves as lead investigator on the first rigorous outcome study of recovery high schools, a project funded by the National Institutes of Health. He served as a Co-Principal Investigator on the first national, multisite research study of recovery high schools, Recovery High Schools as Continuing Care for Drug Abuse, funded by NIDA. For nine years, Dr. Finch worked for Community High School in Nashville, one of the early schools for teens recovering from alcohol and other drug addictions and a school he helped design. Dr. Finch is a National Certified Counselor and a licensed professional school counselor in Tennessee. Dr. Finch’s research interests include the role of schools as continuing care for substance use disorders, counseling and human development, and the ecology of schools.

Dr. Kelly is the Elizabeth R. Spallin Associate Professor of Psychiatry in Addiction Medicine at Harvard Medical School-the first endowed professor in addiction medicine at Harvard. He is also 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, and is also a Fellow of the APA and a diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology. He has served as a consultant to U.S. federal agencies and non-Federal institutions, and foreign governments. His clinical and research work has focused on addiction treatment and the recovery process, mechanisms of behavior change, and in reducing stigma and discrimination among individuals suffering from addiction.

Noah Levine is a Founding Teacher, author of Dharma Punx, Against the Stream, The Heart of the Revolution and Refuge Recovery, is a Buddhist teacher, and counselor. He has created a Buddhist approach to addiction recovery called Refuge Recovery that includes peer lead meetings as well as a professional treatment center. He is also the founding teacher of Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society, with centers in Los Angeles and San Francisco and over 20 affiliated groups around North America. He teaches meditation classes, workshops and retreats internationally. Noah holds a Masters degree in counseling psychology and lives in Los Angeles.