Dr. Kitty Harris is a Professor and faculty member in the Addictive Disorder and Recovery Studies program in the Department of Community Family and Addiction Services in the College of Human Sciences at Texas Tech University (TTU). She serves as the director of Recovery Science Research.
Dr. Harris 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. As CSAR Director, she raised over 10 million dollars in federal grants and private endowments. For six years, she was also Associate Dean of the College of Human Sciences at Texas Tech University.
Dr. Harris is the author of the book, Women and Recovery: Finding Hope, published by John Wiley & Sons, which provides practical information about women’s alcohol use and the hope that comes through recovery. She is co-editor of the book, Substance Abuse Recovery in College, published by Springer, the first book to address the role of institutions in supporting adolescent and young adult recovery. In addition, she has published numerous scholarly articles in prestigious research journals.
A noted public speaker, Dr. Harris is a presenter at national conferences, workshops and seminars on topics including adolescence; substance abuse prevention; addiction and recovery; and communication, civility and leadership.
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 2011, Dr. Harris was the first recipient of the Bob Knowlton Service Award that recognizes significant contributions to adolescent recovery throughout the state of Texas, and was named Woman of Excellence in Education by the Lubbock YWCA.
Dr. Harris is the Executive Director of the Ranch at Dove Tree, an adult and collegiate treatment center in Lubbock, Texas. She currently serves on the Texas Tech University Atheletic Council, as Vice President of the J. T. and Margaret Talkington Charitable Foundation, the Lubbock County Specialty Courts Board, and the Board of the Foundation for the Education of Young Women, a member of the Board of Covenant Health Systems, and the Board of Directors of Lubbock National Bank and Commerce National Bank of Austin and College Station Texas.