Dr. James Monks
Title: CARES Recovery Corps Program Coordinator
What are your primary duties? My primary role at CARES is to recruit qualified individuals to become Certified Peer Recovery specialists, oversee their internships, as well as help train them in the CPRS class.
Where did you go to school and what did you study? I received my pre-medical undergraduate education at Montclair State University, then continued my education at the University of Bridgeport to become a chiropractic physician. Afterwards I pursued post-doctoral training in neuroscience and spent 10 years working in practice, primarily working with professional athletes as well as patients with neurological conditions.
How many years have you worked in the field? The last 7 years I have also been a full-time professor, teaching anatomy, neuroscience, zoology, and ethics. I found that the life of academia; although very rewarding, somewhat limited my ability to have the direct impact on peoples lives that I wanted.
Why do you work in the field? I recently resigned from my professor position to work at CARES, where I believe I can more directly affect the lives of people that are dramatically underserved in our community. The model of peer recovery and the growing evidence of its effectiveness is really exciting to me as a person in the healing profession. I am grateful for the opportunity to use my own lived experience to help others in my new role here at CARES/ PIK.