Clinical Director and Co-Founder

Chris Dorval is the Clinical Director at Emory Recovery Center. Chris is a nationally recognized speaker, trainer and clinical consultant in the areas of addiction, trauma, and men’s health, as well as, having worked as a clinician and clinical supervisor in various levels of care in addiction treatment continuum. 

A Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW), Licensed Drug and Alcohol Counselor (LADC), and a Licensed Chemical Dependency Clinical Supervisor (LCDCS), Chris graduated from Rhode Island College with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work (MSW). Chris is an adjunct faculty at Rhode Island College in the School of Social Work, and has been a frequent guest lecturer on addiction, trauma and men’s health at Rhode Island College in the Political Science department, Nursing, and Psychology department, as well as, Brown University in both Warren Alpert Medical School and School of Public Health. Chris is on faculty for the Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC) in connection with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).    Chris has extensive training in trauma informed care, treating co-occurring trauma and addiction, and is committed to helping others in their own personal journeys in recovery. Chris has specialty training in multiple trauma-focused therapies Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Emotional Freedom Technique, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Prolonged Exposure Therapy, and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). 

In 2018, Chris was the recipient of the Social Worker of the Year Award in Addictions from the Rhode Island Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. As a person in long-term recovery himself, Chris is passionate about working with those affected by addiction and trauma and has dedicated his practice to this focus. As a father, husband, son, and friend, Chris believes in developing healthy family and interpersonal relationships and addressing the underlying issues driving a person’s symptoms are essential to sustained recovery.