In June 2021, Dr. Lee became the eighth president and CEO of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation.
Prior to becoming the president and CEO, Dr. Lee served as the medical director for Hazelden Betty Ford's youth services for 11 years, establishing himself as a thought leader on all matters related to addiction, mental health and recovery.
A triple-boarded physician, he completed his Adult Psychiatry residency at Duke University Hospital and his fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry from Johns Hopkins Hospital. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Addiction Medicine and is a member of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry's Substance Use Disorder Committee.
Dr. Lee's experience with families from across the country and abroad provide him with an unparalleled perspective on emerging drug trends, co-occurring mental health conditions, and the ever-changing culture of addiction. Given his unique degree of specialization and powerful messaging, Dr. Lee has been featured in numerous media venues and national academic conferences alike. He is the author of Recovering My Kid: Parenting Young Adults in Treatment and Beyond, which provides an honest guide for parental leadership in times of crisis.
Hazelden Betty Ford promotes its medical director to chief executive
Dr. Joseph Lee takes over to lead famed addiction and mental health provider
Hazelden Betty Ford's new CEO taking over at a critical time
The New York Times … "Opioids on the Quad"
The New York Times… "Are Teenagers Replacing Drugs with Smartphones?"
NBC's Today Show … "Is addiction genetic, and should it be treated like a disease?"
Tamron Hall Show … "Who's to blame for the opioid epidemic?"
Rolling Stone … "Ativan: What You Need to Know About Chris Cornell's Anxiety Pills"
CNN Health … "Mobile addiction clinic brings help to those at heart of opioid epidemic"
Wall Street Journal … "Campus Life 101: Staying Sober"
USA Today … "'Deaths of despair': Coronavirus pandemic could push suicide, drug deaths as high as 150k, study says"
NBC News … "How America's Colleges Are Reacting to the Epidemic"
NPR's On Point … "Online Treatment, Virtual Check-Ins: Dealing With Addiction In A Pandemic"
MPR News … "What alcohol and drug use recovery is like during the pandemic"
Let's Talk Addiction & Recovery - Youth at Risk: A Convergence of Concerning Trends
Brenda Zane's HopeStream - Overcoming addiction in young adults with humility, empathy and grace
Let's Talk Addiction & Recovery - What's the Harm in Vaping?
Let's Talk Addiction & Recovery - Quality Standards in Addiction Treatment
This Life #YouLive with Dr. Drew - Episode 131, on opioids
Let's Talk Addiction & Recovery - Addiction Prevention: What's a Parent to Do?
MomEnough - How to Talk to Your Child about Drugs and Alcohol
Wilson, J., Lee, J., Fischer, S., & Esposito-Smythers, C. (2017). Anxious Adolescent in the Emergency Room. In 943836464 737132163 C. A. Galanter & 943836465 737132163 P. S. Jensen (Authors), DSM-5® casebook and treatment guide for child mental health (pp. 167-177). Arlington, VA: American Psychiatric Association Publishing.
Seppala, M. & Lee, J. (2016). Medical aspects of substance use disorders : the neurobiology of addiction. Center City, MN: Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation.
Seppala, M. & Larson, B. (2015). Integrating the twelve steps with medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder : best practices for professionals : Implementation guide. USA: Hazelden Publishing. Edrington, C., Klescewski, J. & Lee, J. (2012).
Edrington, C., Klescewski, J. & Lee, J. (2012). Drugs of abuse : treatment and recovery. Center City, Minn. Toronto, Ont. Buffalo, NY: Hazelden Foundation Distributed by Kineticvideo.com.
Lee, J. (2012). Recovering my kid: Parenting young adults in treatment and beyond. Center City, MN: Hazelden.