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Kitty Harris Wilkes

Kitty Harris Wilkes

Kitty Harris Wilkes, Ph.D. 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. She serves as the director of Recovery Science Research. Harris Wilkes received her doctorate in human development and family studies from Texas Tech University and a master’s degree in communication and bachelor’s degree in secondary education from the University of North Texas.

Harris Wilkes served for 12 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. Harris Wilkes has been the recipient of numerous awards. She is the recipient of many awards including the America Honors Recovery Award for her efforts in working with college students in recovery, the TTU Alumni Association Distinguished Service Award, and the Bob Knowlton Service Award that recognizes significant contributions to adolescent recovery throughout the state of Texas.

She currently serves on the Texas Tech University Athletic 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.