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. 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 is currently finishing a Bachelors in Social Work and Bachelors of Science in Psychology from the University of North Texas, and will be pursuing a Master’s of Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania beginning in the Summer of 2016. He also contributes regularly for the Huffington Post, The Hazelden Betty Ford Institute For Recovery Advocacy, and Renew Magazine. 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, 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).