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Gabrielle RichardGabrielle Richard 
M.A. in Addiction Studies

"USD gave me invaluable knowledge to address the causes and consequences of addiction and made me feel like I could truly make a difference in the world. My professors were – and still are – my role models in the field and are awesome people! The community feeling at USD is also something that made me want to excel. As a student there, I had so much support from my peers, professors and community at large to succeed and share my knowledge with the world."

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Leah Hoffman 30 under 30Leah Hoffman 
M.A. in Addiction Studies

"I began my M.A. in addiction studies online through USD shortly after I began working at Williston State College. I had been eyeing USD for a couple years because I knew USD offered the entire program online, which was what I needed. I was immediately impressed by USD’s dedication to the addiction studies profession. The coursework was immediately relevant to my real-world experiences since I had already been a licensed addiction counselor in North Dakota for about three years at that time. I had been out of school for a few years and returning to formal education was somewhat seamless, and I credit the faculty and the online delivery for that."

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Kelsey BarrettKelsey Barrett
M.A. in Addiction Studies

"I decided to add the addiction studies minor to my psychology major because of the versatility in direction and the wide variety of online classes that are available. I never even knew this area of study existed at USD and it sounded very intriguing, especially since addiction is very common in my family. I ended up falling in love with it. Plus, understanding more about people who suffer from addiction not only helped me accept those experiences in my personal life, but it grew a new passion to help people. I eventually made addiction studies my second major, and now I am enrolled in the graduate program."

Michael Richter Michael Richter
B.S., Addiction Studies
Intern, Lakes Counseling Center, Detroit Lakes, Minnesota

“I was looking for a major where I could actually make a difference. I decided to take the ADS 116 & 117 introductory courses on alcohol and drug addiction. The professors were so knowledgeable and the content was so interesting that they convinced me that this was a field that I could definitely have an impact."

Kena KanphongphaneMena Khanphongphane
M.A., Addiction Studies
Licensed Addiction Counselor, Woodbury, Minnesota

“While at USD, I was able to interact with and learn from other professionals working in the field of addiction from all over the country. Having access to this network of professionals has helped me tremendously in my current position at a methadone clinic in Minnesota."