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Dr Baird has practiced as a mental health and addiction disorders therapist providing individual, family, marital and group counseling, EMDR, Critical Incident Stress Debriefing, and EAP services since 1996. Her 30 + years experience in the healthcare field have been spent in providing treatment to individuals of all ages with addiction, mental health and co-occurring disorders in the full continuum of settings. She received both her Doctorate in Nursing Practice and her Masters in Business Administration - Heath Care emphasis from Waynesburg University. A Certified Psych-Mental Health Nurse (RN-BC) since 1987 and an Internationally Certified Co-occurring Professional Diplomate level (CCDPD) ( since 2004 and now  Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor ( CAADC), co-occurring disorders, trauma, and women’s issues have been the professional focus for most of her career.

She holds the credentials of Certified Addictions Registered Nurse (1998) and CARN-Advanced Practice (2001) ( In 2002 she received the IntNSA Annual Award for Excellence in Administration/ Management, in 2008 the IntNSA Annual Award for Excellence in Clinical/Direct Service, and in 2014 was inducted as a charter member and Fellow of the International Academy of Addiction Nursing (FIAAN) ( She was recognized in 2004 with the Carlow University Alumnae Service Award for Health Care and in 2007 with the Caron Community Service Awards, Medical Professional-Nurse.

Dr Baird is a Founding Member and serves on the board of the American Society of Addiction Nursing. She is also a member of the American Nurses Association, the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, and Sigma Theta Tau International. As a member of the Journal of Addictions Nursing Editorial Board since 2005 she has been the Web Watch/Media Watch Column Editor and Digital Development Editor. She is an author, reviewer, journal special issue editor, presenter, trainer, and adjunct faculty member. In 2020 she was the first person to be awarded the Doctor Christine Vourakis Social Impact Journal Award for her editorial contributions and research impact in the field of addictions.

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