• 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.


Joan  Ward

Joan Ward is a retired educator having worked as a teacher, school counselor, principal, and Pennsylvania Department of Education Distinguished Educator. She is a member of the Parent Panel Advisory Council for the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, a parent coach for the Parent Support Network of the Partnership for Drug Free Kids, and steering committee member of the Bridge to Hope Family Support Group.