• 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.


Shirley N.  Sparks

Shirley N. Sparks is associate professor emerita, Western Michigan University department of speech pathology and audiology and adjunct associate professor, Santa Clara University, department of early childhood special education. She is the author of a book on prenatal substance abuse and one on genetics for special educators and coauthor of a book on home visiting for practitioners. She has a BA degree from the University of Iowa and a master’s degree from Tulane University, both in speech pathology and audiology, and completed all but dissertation for a PhD in public health from the University of Michigan. She is author of over sixty professional articles and book chapters and has been a presenter on prenatal substance abuse disorders, early intervention, genetics, and home visiting in the US, Europe, and China.