Kirk Bowden, professor in charge of Ottawa University’s Addictions Counseling degree program, was recently awarded the American Psychological Association's Society for Addiction Psychology Award for Distinguished Scientific Contributions to Public Interest.


The award recognizes a person who has made a distinguished contribution to the rise of public interest in the addictions field.


"I feel very honored to receive this award," Bowden said. "I’m also honored and blessed to have served as adjunct faculty at Ottawa University for almost 20 years, and as the professor in charge of the Addictions Counseling degree program for the past seven years. I truly believe that our Addiction Counseling program is among the top in the nation. The program offers outstanding masters, bachelors and certificates online. Our faculty are all highly qualified addiction professionals with many years of experience."


This prestigious award comes on the heels of Bowden earning the Arizona Counseling Association's 2020 Advocacy Award, and being elected president-elect of the International Association of Addictions and Offender Counselors. Also, under Bowden’s leadership, the university’s addictions program was honored as the Outstanding Addictions/Offender Program of the Year in 2017 by the IAAOC.


Bowden is an Ottawa University graduate who received his master’s degree from OU in 1994. He said his master’s degree and the experiences gained in that process opened many doors for his career as an addiction counseling professional and counselor educator. His wife and two daughters are also OU graduates.