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Angela Colistra

Angela Colistra


Assistant Clinical Professor

Counseling and Family Therapy Department

267.359.5571 P
267.359.5579 F
1601 Cherry St. Room 728

Angela Colistra, PhD has experience working with individuals managing behavioral health and substance use disorders across a continuum of care with expertise in Opioid Use Disorders. She has spent the last decade training the addiction workforce nationally and internationally. Her work has been sought to train health care providers on addiction response under the direction of the International Center for Health Concerns in Kathmandu, Nepal and Beijing, China, and gained her recognition from the United States Embassy. She currently serves as a principal investigator on a community research project in Pennsylvania that is focused on opioid overdose intervention and prevention training. Colistra recognizes the importance of interdisciplinary work and leveraging the use of technology in order to improve healthcare outcomes, as an addiction counseling consultant for Project ECHO New Mexico using a "hub-and-spoke knowledge-sharing network while utilizing a virtual clinic with community providers," she contributes best practices in addiction and behavioral health treatment to patient cases. She has presented her work nationally and internationally on topics that include: understanding addiction, opioid overdose intervention and prevention, multicultural competence in clinical supervision, group work skills for counselors, addiction and poverty, motivational interviewing and ethics.


Opioid Overdose Intervention and Prevention, Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling, and Certified Clinical Supervisor in Pennsylvania.

Research Interests:

Best practices in opioid overdose intervention and prevention, substance use disorder treatment, addiction related cognitive impairment, multicultural competence in clinical supervision, and the intersect between loss and grief and addiction.

Professional Society:

American Counseling Association, Association of Counselor Education and Supervisors, Association of Specialist in Group Work, International Association for Addictions and Offenders Counseling. She is an editorial review board member for the Journal of Counseling and Values and Journal of Addictions and Offender Counseling.