Dr. Raven James is an Associate Professor of Addictions Studies and Behavioral Health at Governors State University in Illinois and has worked in the substance abuse field since 1994 providing counselor training to addiction professionals at the state and national level. Her work has centered on women, HIV prevention, working with LGBT issues, and improving sexual self-esteem and sexual health as an integral component of the recovery process. Dr. James is conducting women’s research in the Chicago area and has several publications to date, including her latest book “Sexuality and Addiction: Making Connections, Enhancing Recovery”. She is an active member of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS), and serves on the board for the International Coalition of Addiction Studies Education (INCASE) and the National Association of LGBT Addictions Professionals (NALGAP). Dr. James will be pilot testing a sexual health intervention for women in substance abuse treatment in 2014 at Haymarket and is currently writing and editing a 3 volume encyclopedia set on “Sex and Sexuality” for publication with ABC-CLIO in 2016.