Featured Speaker (keynote)

Dr. Robert J. Ackerman | Indiana University at Pennsylvania 

Dr. Robert J. Ackerman is a Professor Emeritus and the previous Director of the Mid-Atlantic Addiction Research and Training Institute and Director of the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program, Department of Psychiatry, U.S. Army, Ft. Carson, CO. He is co-founder of the National Association for Children of Addiction. He is the former Editor of Counselor: The Magazine for Addiction and Behavioral Health Professionals and currently serves as Chair of the Advisory Board.

As an author he has published numerous articles and research findings and is best known for writing the first book in the United States on children of alcoholics.  Dr. Ackerman is internationally known for his work with families and children of all ages.  His books have been translated into fourteen languages. He is a veteran of numerous TV appearances and his work has been featured on CNN Headline News, the New York Times, Today Show, USA Today newspaper, Newsweek Magazine, Oprah and National Public Radio.

Serving on many advisory boards, Dr. Ackerman has worked with the National Institute of Mental Health, National Institute on Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse, and the U.S. Department of Education and the White House Task Force on Resiliency and At-Risk-Youth.