National Program Director, Young People in Recovery
• Treatment Track: Recovery-Ready Ecosystems
Wednesday, March 30, 2016, 2:00 pm to 3:15 pm
Born in North Texas and raised in North Eastern Pennsylvania, Robert Ashford is a certified Peer Recovery Support Specialist and an advocate for all individuals seeking long-term recovery. He currently serves as the National Program Director for Young People in Recovery, and most recently was the Founding Program Director of the University of North Texas Collegiate Recovery Program. Mr. Ashford has a background in corporate radio broadcasting, spending two years as the Director of Operations for QXFM Radio Network. He holds bachelors degrees in social work and psychology, and is currently pursuing a master’s of social work from the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Ashford has been the recipient of many prestigious awards, most notably NAADAC’s Young Emerging Leader Award (2014), Young People in Recovery’s Advocate of the Year (2014), and the University of North Texas Founders’ Award (2015). He also serves on multiple non-profit organizations’ boards of director, the Council for Advising and Planning for the Texas Department of State Health Services, and is a current national planning partner for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).