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Joan Standora

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’s 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.

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Research Interests

Awards Recognition, Distinctions and Grants

Kingsborough Community College Now Accepting Students for Plus 50 Encore Completion Program

 Kingsborough Community College was recently chosen to join the Plus 50 Encore Completion Program, a national effort to train 10,000 baby boomers for new jobs in health care, education and social services. The program is sponsored by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC).

Kingsborough Community College will prepare older adults for careers alcohol and substance abuse counseling.  The college will assist adults age 50 and over in completing a degree or certificate in this specialized occupation, giving back to the larger community in which so many struggle with substance use disorders. With many adults age 50 and over out of work or seeking to transition to a new career, the program offers skill updates and career makeovers for baby boomers. 

“We are very excited about participating in a program that not only builds knowledge and skills in the substance abuse counseling field but that also addresses workforce training goals found at Kingsborough Community College,” said Dr. Joan Standora, Director of the Associate’s degree in Chemical Dependency Counseling Program.  “The program supports graduation completion goals for the college, especially for those in the growing population of individuals over the age of 50.  We provide special services for this student population now and hope to expand the ease with which they enter, participate and complete their degrees.”   It’s a program that works. Eighty-nine percent of students participating in AACC’s Plus 50 Initiative told an independent evaluator that college workforce training helped them acquire new job skills, and 72 percent attributed landing a job to such training.

Students completing this program are eligible for the OASAS CASAC-Trainee credential as Kingsborough’s program is approved for the 350 standardized curriculum in substance abuse counseling.

The Plus 50 Encore Completion Program is funded with a $3.2-million grant to AACC provided by Deerbrook Charitable Trust. The Plus 50 Encore Completion program supports AACC’s work to increase the number of students who finish degrees, certificates, and other credentials.  In April 2010, AACC committed alongside other higher education organizations to promote the development and implementation of policies, practices and institutional cultures that will produce 50 percent more students with high quality degrees and certificates by 2020.

 For More Information Please Contact:

 Kingsborough Community College

Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counseling Program

Dr.  Joan Standora  at 718-368-5235



 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 Awared – 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


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