Robert Ashford

Social Justice Advocate

Born in North Texas and raised in North Eastern Pennsylvania, Robert Ashford devotes his time behavioral health recovery and social justice advocacy, and exploring the impact of substance use disorders and mental health concerns on young adult populations. Robert most recently served as the National Program Director for Young People in Recovery, and as the Founding Program Director of the University of North Texas Collegiate Recovery Program. Robert holds a Bachelor of Social Work with minors in Addiction Studies and Psychology from the University of North Texas, and is currently pursuing a Master of Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice (SP2). Robert is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and Renew Magazine, as well as the Hazelden Betty Ford Institute for Recovery Advocacy. Robert has been the recipient of many prestigious awards, most notably NADAAC’s Young Emerging Leader Award (2014), Young People in Recovery’s Advocate of the Year (2014), and the University of North Founders’ Award (2015). Robert also serves on multiple non-profit organizations’ board of directors, and is a current national planning partner for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
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Comprehensive Addiction Legislation Falls Short, Lacks Needed Funding
huffingtonpost.comArticle
Comprehensive Addiction Legislation Falls Short, Lacks Needed Funding
July, 11 2016
In Midst of Opioid Epidemic, Collegiate Recovery Creates Hope in Philadelphia
huffingtonpost.comArticle
In Midst of Opioid Epidemic, Collegiate Recovery Creates Hope in Philadelphia
June, 17 2016
House GOP Surprises with Press Conference on Opioids Instead of Donald Trump
huffingtonpost.comArticle
House GOP Surprises with Press Conference on Opioids Instead of Donald Trump
May, 18 2016
What Are The Greatest Assets to a Social Justice Movement? The Allies Which Support Them
huffingtonpost.comArticle
What Are The Greatest Assets to a Social Justice Movement? The Allies Which Support Them
May, 11 2016
An Open Letter to Mothers
rightsforrecovery.orgArticle
An Open Letter to Mothers
April, 27 2016
Uncommon Support: Recovery and Fraternal Brotherhood
huffingtonpost.comArticle
Uncommon Support: Recovery and Fraternal Brotherhood
April, 20 2016
Dallas Inventor Uses Entrepreneurship to Change Lives and Fuel Second Chances
huffingtonpost.comArticle
Dallas Inventor Uses Entrepreneurship to Change Lives and Fuel Second Chances
April, 15 2016
Rituals in Recovery
huffingtonpost.comArticle
Rituals in Recovery
April, 15 2016
The Intersection of Reform: Criminal Justice and Behavioral Health
huffingtonpost.comArticle
The Intersection of Reform: Criminal Justice and Behavioral Health
April, 11 2016
Collegiate Recovery Saved My Life: Graduation
huffingtonpost.comArticle
Collegiate Recovery Saved My Life: Graduation
April, 6 2016
University of North Texas
recoverycampus.comArticle
University of North Texas
October, 28 2015
Collegiate Recovery Saved My Life 4
robertdashford.comArticle
Collegiate Recovery Saved My Life 4
November, 6 2014
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