According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the "abuse of tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drugs is costly to our Nation, exacting more than $740 billion annually in costs related to crime, lost work productivity and health care." However, the cost of abuse pales in comparison to the number of lives lost each year. In Pennsylvania in 2018 alone, there were 67,367 drug overdose deaths reported.*

There is a critical need for substance abuse and addictions counselors to provide support and guidance to those in need. Become a part of the solution to this national crisis by taking courses in Villanova's Addiction Studies program.

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frank angelini

Frank J. Angelini, Ph.D is a licensed psychologist currently working at the Coatesville Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He has an extensive background in alcohol and drug counseling and expertise in the major substances of abuse and their effects on thought, behavior, emotions, and physical health. He provides students with a background on assessment, diagnosis, and treatment planning, as well as models of individual and group treatment of substance abuse. He graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in Psychology from Villanova University in 1992 and received his Ph.D from the University of Pittsburgh in 1998.

joan capolupo

Joan M. Novelli Capolupo received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Delaware and her Master of Arts from Villanova University. She has been a higher education instructor for over thirty years, teaching courses focused on counseling services. In the College of Professional Studies, she contributed to the programming, curriculum and coursework for the Certified Recovery Specialist Program. 

galeet farrow

Galeet D. Farrow, LPC is a licensed professional counselor in Pennsylvania who has been in the field for fifteen years. At Villanova University, she is the Assistant Dean of Students for Alcohol and Drug Intervention where she acts as the primary resource for the University on alcohol and other drug-related issues. In this role, she has advocated for at-risk students, trained faculty, staff and students, and provided health education and preventative college-wide initiatives. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology-Neuroscience from Temple University and her Master’s degree in Clinical Counseling-Psychology from LaSalle University.


William P. Hample currently serves as a Senior Probation Office in the Mental Health Unit for the State of New Jersey. He supervises probationers with a variety of mental health issue, including co-occurring diagnoses. He provides access to evaluations, treatment, and support networks utilizing outpatient and residential services. He also provides training to the New Jersey Division of Probation, specifically in the area of substance abuse and dependency.


Roland Lamb, M.A. has been working in the field of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Dependence Treatment for over forty-two years. He has experience in various positions within the behavioral health system and currently provides cross-system management across several different work cultures. He has been very involved in the development and implementation of Integrated Behavioral Health models and has played a significant role in Philadelphia’s transformation to a recovery-oriented system of care. He has received numerous awards for his work in the field.


*NIDA. 2020, May 1. Pennsylvania: Opioid-Involved Deaths and Related Harms. Retrieved from on 2020, July 17

**Students who intend to take a course online in order to earn a PCB certification should check with the PCB to confirm the education hours will be approved.

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