Dr. Kitty Harris

Dr. Kitty Harris 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 No Life Wasted Inc., a not for profit corporation supporting and promoting addiction treatment and recovery.

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 currently holds LCDC (Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor) and LMFT (Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist) licenses

Dr. Harris 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 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 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.

She serves on the Board of Directors of Lubbock National Bank and the Commerce National Bank of Austin and College Station, Texas. Dr. Harris is vice president of the Board of Directors of the J.T. and Margaret Talkington Charitable Foundation. She also serves on the Advisory Board of the Margaret Talkington School for Young Women Leaders.


What others are saying

“Kitty Harris knows that “women who drink too much” will remain blind to hope unless they recognize themselves in the stories of those who have achieved a life in recovery . . . She supports women in recovery who choose to live their second chance in a qualitatively different life.”

– Dorie Evensen, Ph.D.

Professor, Penn State University