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Alice Gleghorn, Ph.D

Ex-Officio, President/CEO

Dr. Gleghorn joined Phoenix House California as the President & CEO in June 2021. As a clinical psychologist, she began her career in HIV prevention research with injection drug users in Baltimore at the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health. She enjoyed 19.5 years at the San Francisco Department of Public Health prior to becoming Director of the Santa Barbara County of Behavioral Wellness in 2014. At SFDPH she established pioneering harm reduction policies and programs that have been honored as national models for overdose prevention and opiate treatment.

Building on her research background, she established and promoted evidence-based practices including: Criminal Justice Diversion, Mental Health /Law Enforcement Crisis Co-Response, Drug Overdose Prevention and Education (DOPE – including Naloxone distribution), Treatment on Demand, Office Based Opiate Treatment (OBOT) program, Mobile Methadone Van, Outpatient Buprenorphine Induction Clinic (OBIC), Integrated Buprenorphine Intervention services, and the integrated Behavioral Health access Center, in both counties, she oversaw the development of multiple supportive housing strategies for behavioral health clients ranging from 5 to 90 units.

She has worked closely with physicians and pharmacists to expand knowledge and integrated approaches to behavioral health care, and has partnered with many CBO providers and faith based organizations in ensuring equitable access to care. She obtained more than 30 federal, state or foundation grants to implement, evaluate and disseminate innovative practices benefitting under-served and difficult to reach individuals experiencing homelessness, HIV risks, legal issues, mental illness or substance dependence.

Dr. Gleghorn is a graduate of UCLA and received both her M.A. and Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of South Florida. She is recognized nationally for her public health research, expertise, and publications. Her professional honors include the Nyswander-Dole “Marie Award” for Extraordinary Service in Opiate Treatment from the American Association for the Treatment of Opiate Dependence. Dr. Gleghorn continues to participate as a member of several state committees and is on the Board of Directors of the California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions, focusing on behavioral health state policies.