VP, Clinical & Medical Development
Valerie M. Kading, DNP, MBA, MSN, PMHNP-BC is the VP of Clinical & Medical Development at Acadia Healthcare where she provides and designs evidence-based programs for Acadia's patients and clients across all levels of care. Dr. Kading was previously the CEO of Sierra Tucson where she provided the strategic vision to ensure that the facility’s patients and their families receive the most innovative, compassionate, and leading medical and psychiatric treatment for trauma, addiction, and other mental health conditions from a world-class staff of clinicians and behavioral health professionals.
Dr. Kading joined Acadia and Sierra Tucson in 2015, where she rose to become chief medical operations officer, then interim chief medical officer, chief operations officer, and ultimately Group Chief Executive Officer for the entire 258-bed Sierra Tucson Group – Sierra Tucson in Arizona, along with Sierra by the Sea and Sunrise Ranch in California.
Dr. Kading brings expertise and a special interest in women’s mental health including perinatal mood disorders, maternal well-being, and postpartum depression. In addition, she has deep expertise in addressing the trauma of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) that can lead to substance use and other issues in adulthood. Dr. Kading has written articles for multiple professional journals. She has led a variety of webinars and CE events on topics ranging from perinatal mood disorders, substance use disorders, adverse childhood experiences to compassion fatigue and provider resilience for organizations.
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Friday, June 2, 2023
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM PST