A nationally-recognized expert spokesperson on mental health and substance use disorder issues, Matthew Polacheck utilizes his wide breadth of experience and expertise to lead the Betty Ford Center’s Outpatient Services as its Director.
He has had numerous leadership roles during his 15 years as a clinician, in several settings. Most recently, he was Director of Mental Health for the Center for Discovery. Dr. Polacheck also served as Program Director for multiple adolescent residential facilities, where he worked with an ethnically diverse range of patients using a variety of clinical interventions, and he was instrumental in opening and running a mental health I.O.P. Program.
Dr. Polacheck is also an esteemed educator in the mental health field. He has taught several graduate-level courses on the treatment of chemical dependency and mental health issues, and he has completed published research projects on topics ranging from Adolescent ADHD to biofeedback and medication titration.
Dr. Polacheck earned a Master of Arts degree in counseling psychology and a Doctor of Psychology (Psy. D.) from The Wright Institute, and he holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Arizona. He is also a certified trauma therapist and substance abuse counselor.