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Joan Standora

Adj Assc Professor

Allied Health-Mental Health & Human Services




Dr. Joan Standora is a psychologist whose professional career has focused on treating, preventing and teaching about substance use disorders.  Dr. Standora established the Substance Abuse Counseling Program at Kingsborough Community College from 2000  2003, developing and teaching the curriculum to prepare students for careers as chemical dependency counselors.  In 2003, the program became an official CUNY Certificate Program and in 2010, it became an Associate degree program in Chemical Dependency Counseling.   A primary research interest for Dr. Standora is the development of professional identities for students in the specialized field of addiction counseling.  Her dissertation focused on the abilities of students who were trained in traditional addiction programs compared to those exposed to new, evidence-based practices in the college setting.  Dr. Standora continues her interest in the arena of treatment, especially the research continuing on medication-assisted treatment for chemically addicted persons.  Dr. Standora has also devoted her professional time to the relationship between criminal justice and substance abuse systems, having established a network of professionals in both areas through her clinical supervision of a problem-solving court in NYC and her current liaison with the drug court community.  Currently, her direction of the Chemical Dependency and SAC Certificate programs within the Department of Behavioral Sciences has brought some awareness to the broader community of educators, funders and treatment providers.  The overall program has been awarded national accreditation by the National Addiction Studies Accreditation Commission and is the only program in New York State to receive this honor.  Additionally, the program has been continuously approved by the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services since its inception and, recently, as meeting the New York State CASAC standardized curriculum requirements (Dr. Standora was a member of the NYS Committee to standardize this kind of education).  The program is now moving forward with a grant from the American Association of Community Colleges to bring in students to the program who are 50 years of age or over.  Additionally, the program is participating in a large Federal grant to KCC from the Dept. of Labor which provides support services and job development to those students in the substance abuse counseling program.



SAC 2600 Ethics, Confidentiality and Counselor/Client Relationship (Writing Intensive)

MH 9801/02 and SAC 91A0/B0 Field internships for SAC students



Capella University

Ph.D. degree  Psychology (Addiction Specialization)


New Jersey City University

M.A., Education (Art)


New Jersey City University

B.A.   Education


College Teaching


Kingsborough Community College (2003-Present)

Full-time Tenure Track

Rio Salado Community College (2011-Present)

Online Adjunct

Grand Canyon University (2011-2013)

Online Adjunct

Kingsborough Community College (2000-2003)


John Jay College of Criminal Justice  (1973-1977)




Addiction Research and Treatment Corp. (1993-1997)

Agency Staff Trainer

Consultant/ Trainer – Criminal Justice Agencies, Drug Courts,

Treatment Providers  (1981-Present)


Selected Publications and/or Other Resources


Standora, J. (forthcoming) The Story of a Drug: Steroids. To be published by ABI-CLIO Publishers,   February, 2015.

 Standora, J. “Professionalizing the Addictions Workforce,”  Jan. 2012 www.

Advocate for Action: Joan Standora Video

Awards Recognition, Distinctions and Grants


Spring, 2014-Advocate for Action, 2014, Award-White House-ONDCP, Wash. D.C.

 Fall 2013:-KCC Faculty Achievement Award-ACCA Grant – Plus 50 Completion Grant 

 Fall  2010-KCC Faculty Achievement Award-NYS DOL Grant


Institutional Affiliations-Professional Societies


Board Member:  International Coalition of Addiction Studies Educators (INCASE)

Professional Member:  National Association of Addiction Counselors  (NAADAC)

Member:   Association of Addiction Professionals of NY  (AAPNY)

Member:   NYS Association of Drug Court Treatment Providers