Emily Eisenhart, MSSc.
Ms. Eisenhart is the Director of the Center for Addiction Recovery in the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health and a Clinical Faculty member in the Department of Health Policy and Community Health. She received her Master’s in Social Sciences with an emphasis on Political Sociology from Georgia Southern University, and her Bachelor’s in journalism with an emphasis on political and health communication.
Ms. Eisenhart brings over 12 years of experience as a community recovery advocate, an academic, and a public health practitioner in rural communities. She has been the program director of the Center for Addiction Recovery for 9 years, where the mission is to oversee a program which provides services to the local recovery population at Georgia Southern and the surrounding rural community, as well as to educate students, researchers and clinicians about substance use disorders. The primary goal of the Center is to serve students in long-term recovery from substance use disorders, and over 100 students have graduated from the CRP with the help of these services in its 11 years of existence. Ms. Eisenhart is a doctoral candidate in the Doctorate of Public Health program at Georgia Southern University, where she is ABD.
Ms. Eisenhart has served on local, state, national, and international boards—all of which focus on improving access to services and education about substance-use disorders and to advocate for persons suffering with, or attempting to recover from, addiction. She has over 10 years of experience as a researcher, and her scholarship focuses on recovery science, substance misuse prevention, social and geographic epidemiology of substance use disorders, community-based recovery interventions, substance abuse health policy and economics, and gender and racial disparities in recovery outcomes. She has been a national public health advocate, and has served as Co-I on multiple small grant-funded projects, and has brought in more than a million dollars in private funding to the University through development efforts to help fund student scholarship and success at the Center for Addiction Recovery.
Emily Eisenhart takes a mentor leadership style, which has served her well in her leadership and mentoring of students and staff. Her approach to public health projects takes a social justice and advocacy perspective, and her career is rooted in the belief that the greatest service one can do in public health is to help give voice to the underserved, stigmatized, and marginalized groups in society.