Andrea D Clements PhD

President, Uplift Appalachia

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Dr. Clements (Andi) is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at East Tennessee State University and Associate Director of Research Design and Implementation at the ETSU Ballad Health Strong BRAIN Institute. She is also President and co-founder of Uplift Appalachia, a nonprofit focused on equipping local churches to provide intensive connection, and physical, psychological, and spiritual support for people who live with addictions, mental health challenges, or other life struggles.

Her main areas of research are religiosity, health, and trauma responsiveness, particularly focusing on addiction. She has developed, delivered, and studied trainings for varied audiences around trauma-responsiveness, ACEs science, and resilience-building for the past several years. She is currently investigating a theological/neurobiological mechanism of addiction etiology and treatment including church-based applications of that mechanism in the areas of transportation and housing. She regularly mentors and teaches others to mentor people who live with addictions and those who have been or currently are incarcerated.

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