Born in North Texas and raised in North Eastern Pennsylvania, Robert Ashford is an advocate for all individuals seeking long-term recovery. Robert is currently a Technical Assistance Manager for JBS International, and most recently served as the National Program Director for Young People in Recovery and as the Founding Program Director of the University of North Texas Collegiate Recovery Program. Robert 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). Robert is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and Renew Magazine, as well as the Hazelden Betty Ford Institute for Recovery Advocacy. Robert has served as a fellow for the Hillary Clinton Campaign, and the Treatment Research Institute in Philadelphia. 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), the University of North Texas Founders’ Award (2015), and the President and Provost’s Citation for Excellence from the University of Pennsylvania (2017). Robert is also an appointee of the Mayor’s Task Force to End the Opioid Epidemic in Philadelphia, a current national planning partner for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and a past appointee to the Council for Advising and Planning for the Department of State Health Services in Texas.
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