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Robert Ashford is an expert in behavioral health recovery and social justice advocacy, and devotes his time to exploring the impact of substance use disorders and mental health concerns on youth and young adult populations. His research focuses on substance use, recovery communities, integrated behavioral health systems, linguistic patterns, and technological interventions for behavioral health disorders. Mr. Ashford currently serves as a Technical Assistance Manager at JBS International for the Medication Assisted Treatment – Prescription Drug and Opioid Addiction federal grant program. He holds a Bachelor of Social Work with minors in Addiction Studies and Psychology from the University of North Texas, and a Master of Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice (SP2). Currently, Robert is pursuing his PhD in Health Policy at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. Robert has also completed fellowships with the Treatment Research Institute and is currently a research assistant at the Center on the Continuum of Care in Addictions at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and the Substance Use Disorder Institute at the University of the Sciences. Robert has been the recipient of many prestigious awards, most notably NADAAC’s Young Emerging Leader Award (2014), Young People in Recovery’s Advocate of the Year (2014), University of North Founders’ Award (2015), and the University of Pennsylvania Provost’s Citation for Excellence in Service (2017). He is a current national recovery planning partner for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), grant reviewer for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and serves as an appointee to the Philadelphia Mayor’s Task Force to Combat the Opioid Epidemic.