James DiReda, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
School of Professional Studies
(508) 849-3744
Office: Trinity 216
Doctor of Philosophy, Sociology and Social Work, Boston University
Master of Social Work, University of Connecticut
Bachelor of Science, Psychology, Worcester State University

Dr. James DiReda, LICSW, PhD holds a dual Ph.D. in Sociology and Social Work from Boston University, and a Masters’ degree in Social Work from the University of Connecticut. He is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker with over thirty years of direct clinical experience and consulting in the field of addictions. He has served as an advocate, treatment provider, researcher, and educator, working with individuals and families, hospitals, corrections facilities, and treatment programs, and private organizations on addiction. Dr. DiReda is an Associate Professor in the School of Professional Studies at Anna Maria College in Paxton, MA and a Partner at Lake Ave Recovery in Worcester, MA. He is a person in long-term recovery (37 years), and has published books and articles on addiction, speaks publicly on the topic, and has presented at local and international professional conferences.

Courses Taught at Anna Maria:
First Year Seminar
Issues of Diversity Practice with Families and Groups
Practice with Communities and Organizations
Human Behavior in the Social Environment I
Human Behavior in the Social Environment II
Substance Abuse

Research Interests:
Persons and Families with Substance Use Disorders, The Role of Spirituality in Treating Substance Use Disorders

DiReda, J. (2014). "The Impact of Role Models on Out of Treatment African-American Addicts: An Inside Perspective." European Scientific Journal.