Dr. Joseph Shrand
Instructor of Psychiatry - Harvard Medical School
Joseph Shrand, M.D., is an instructor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and the Chief of Adolescent Psychiatry for High Point Treatment Centers, where he created CASTLE (Clean and Sober Teens Living Empowered), an intervention unit for at-risk teens.
Dr. Joe created Drug Story Theater, (DST) together with his wife Carol, and they work with teenagers in the early stages of recovery, in tandem with improv teacher, Andy Short from Improv Boston, and script-writer, Nicole Conlon-McCombe. The DST team guides teens as they explore their individual stories of the seduction of, addiction to and recovery from drugs and alcohol. They are also taught the brain science behind their addictions. Their true stories and new knowledge transform into original shows that are then performed for other teens in middle and high schools, so that “the treatment of one becomes the prevention of many”.
These performances have been captivating school and public audiences regionally, and now in collaboration with Behavioral Health Innovators “DST” is being scaled out nationally.
Dr. Shrand is also the Medical Director for Road to Responsibility and has authored “Do You Really Get Me?”, “Outsmarting Anger”, “The Fear Reflex”, and “How to Manage Your Stress”. He was previously known as “Joe” from ZOOM, the 1970’s PBS television series produced by Christopher Sarson