• 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.


Denise  Pintello

Denise Pintello, PhD, MSW is the Special Assistant for the Deputy Director of NIDA at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), overseeing the implementation of innovative initiatives and special projects. In her more than 25 years as a social worker, Dr. Pintello has worked extensively in child welfare, mental health and substance abuse and provided clinical, case management and supervisory services to children and adults. She has also conducted applied research and program evaluations within the fields of child welfare, domestic violence, juvenile justice, mental health and substance abuse.

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