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Shantel Sullivan


Dr. Sullivan brings extensive experience to her role as Bright Path’s Chief Executive Officer. She has been a clinical leader in residential adolescent treatment, adult outpatient services, and academia.

With more than a decade of experience as a licensed social worker in New York and North Carolina, Dr. Sullivan has collaborated broadly with individuals, families, and the community.

Dr. Sullivan earned a Bachelor of Arts in sociology from the State University of New York at Potsdam in 2006, a Master’s Degree in Social Work (MSW), and a graduate certificate in addictions counseling in 2008 from the University of New England. She went on to complete a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership with a concentration in transformational leadership also from the University of New England in Portland, Maine in 2017.
She served as a faculty member for the State of New York Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services Bureau of Workforce Development where she provided regional education on adolescent co-occurring disorders.

She moved to North Carolina in 2016 to work in academia as an assistant professor of social work at Western Carolina University. In 2020, she moved to Raleigh to be closer to family and became an adjunct professor at North Carolina State University School of Social Work, where she still teaches part-time.

She is a seasoned national speaker, social worker instructor, clinical field instructor, and member of the National Association of Social Workers. In addition to Dr Sullivans clinical work, she edits all of the content on the Bright Path Teen Mental Health Blog to ensure accuracy and accessibility to all of our readers.
Dr. Sullivan is committed to increasing access to evidence-based, compassionate, mental health care for adolescents. She further understands the challenges ALL members of a family experience when their loved one is suffering.