Professor David Best, Professor of Criminology at Sheffield Hallam University in England holds a PhD in the psychology of addictions. He has published extensively on desistance and addiction recovery. His current research activities also include recovery pathways, recovery capital and its measurement, social identity theory and its implications for recovery, and addiction treatment effectiveness particularly in prison settings.
Helen Harberts, JD, has worked as a prosecutor, rising to become the Chief Deputy District Attorney of the Criminal Division in Butte County, CA. She also served as a Chief Probation Officer (1995-2002) with responsibilities and expertise in adult Drug Courts, returning to senior Corrections roles later and lecturing and writing extensively on the adult Drug Treatment Court field. She has been honoured for her work both as a Prosecutor and a Probation Officer and was inducted into the Stanley Goldstein Drug Court Hall of Fame.
Justice Mata Keli Tuatagaloa, Supreme Court of Samoa. Justice Tuatagaloa presides over the Samoa Alcohol and Drugs Court, which was launched in February 2016. Justice Mata Keli Tuatagaloa is the first female to be sworn in as a judge with the Ministry of Justice and Courts Administration in Samoa, initially in the District Court in 2011 and then in the Supreme Court in August 2015.
Douglas B. Marlowe, J.D., Ph.D. (speaking via prerecorded video prepared for the conference), is a Senior Scientific Consultant for the National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP), Senior Science & Policy Advisor for Alcohol Monitoring Systems, and Training Consultant for the Global Institute for Forensic Research. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the College of Physicians of Philadelphia. A lawyer and clinical psychologist, Dr. Marlowe studies the impact of coercion in substance use disorder treatment, the effects of drug courts and other rehabilitation programs for persons with substance use disorders involved in the justice system, and behavioral treatments for persons with substance use disorders and justice system involvement. He has published over 175 journal articles, monographs, books, and book chapters on the topics of drug courts, correctional rehabilitation, forensic psychology, and treatment of substance use disorders.
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