Dr. Kitty Harris Wilkes serves as Executive Partner for Collegiate Recovery with Summit BHC, a network of leading behavioral health centers throughout the United States. She also serves as President of the Foundation for Recovery Initiatives, which is dedicated to consulting, education, science and research for addiction recovery. And she is the President of NLW Partners, LLC, a company supporting and promoting addiction treatment and recovery. Dr. Harris Wilkes is a Professor Emeritus at Texas Tech University.
She is a noted public speaker, and presenter at national conferences, workshops and seminars on topics including adolescence; substance abuse prevention; addiction and recovery; and communication, civility and leadership. Dr. Harris Wilkes currently holds LCDC (Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor) and LMFT (Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist) licenses
Dr. Harris Wilkes is the author of Women and Recovery-Finding Hope, published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. and co-editor of Substance Abuse Recovery in College, published by Springer.
She served for twelve years as the Director of the Center for the Study of Addiction and Recovery (CSAR) at Texas Tech University. Under her leadership, the CSAR gained national attention, appearing in the Wall Street Journal, on the NBC Today Show, CNN, and featured in The Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Ed, and The New York Times. For six years, she was also Associate Dean of the College of Human Sciences at Texas Tech University.
Dr. Harris Wilkes has been the recipient of numerous awards. In 2007, she won the America Honors Recovery Award for her efforts in working with college students in recovery. She received the Distinguished Service Award in 2008 from the Texas Tech University Alumni Association. In 2012, Dr. Harris Wilkes was the first recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the Association of Recovery in Higher Education (ARHE), and was named Woman of Excellence in Education by the Lubbock YWCA.
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