• Women in the Behavioral Health Industry: Why Executive Leadership Needs a New, Female Face

    When universal education activist and Nobel Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai addressed the United Nations in 2013, she pointed out that “we cannot all succeed when half of us are held back.” Her words resonated with women’s rights advocates as she boldly confronted an inequity that still needs to be addressed today, especially in the behavioral health field.


  • Continuing Care Plan Adherence Following Residential Addiction Treatment

    Common sense suggests that greater patient adherence to substance use disorder (SUD) treatment recommendations is associated with better outcomes. Surprisingly, however, there is limited previous research systematically investigating the adherence-outcome relationship in the context of SUD treatment.


Merith  Cosden

Merith Cosden, PhD, is a professor and interim dean for the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She has been conducting community-based research for over thirty years. Her research has focused on understanding the impact of interventions for individuals who have problems with substance abuse and/or mental illness associated with a history of trauma.