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Life of Purpose Welcomes Onawa LaBelle

Life of Purpose Welcomes Onawa LaBelle

We are thrilled to announce the newest addition to our outreach team, Onawa LaBelle. Onawa is a recovery researcher working on her doctoral degree at the University of Michigan and now joins Life of Purpose as clinical outreach coordinator.

As a recovery researcher, Onawa draws upon positive psychological theory to explore questions that focus on health, wellbeing, and relationships for people in recovery from substance use disorders. She has authored and published multiple academic journal articles, including her master’s thesis, “Gratitude, Insecure Attachment, and Positive Outcomes among 12-step Program Members,” and an encyclopedia chapter on adult attachment and health. Onawa has taught personality psychology to undergraduate students at the University of Michigan and has facilitated a women’s health seminar at the Central University for Tibetan Studies in Sarnath, India. Additionally, she has led workshops on gratitude and recovery, along with various other community presentations on adult attachment styles, relationships, and recovery.

“I am elated to have Onawa join our team,” said LoP’s Director of Outreach, Lissa Franklin. “As a Ph.D. candidate in one of the top psychology programs in the country, she brings knowledge and expertise to our team that perfectly complements the Life of Purpose mission.”

As clinical outreach coordinator, Onawa shares with local professionals and community members the Life of Purpose treatment model and the overarching mission of the organization. She champions our academically focused program by sharing her experience of personal transformation through recovery and education with young people who are considering treatment and with their families.

“I am thrilled to join the Life of Purpose team,” stated Onawa. “I can’t imagine a job that is better suited for me given my personal history with addiction, recovery, education, and my strong desire to make a difference in the lives of young people. I’m grateful to have the opportunity to draw upon the lessons learned in my past to inspire hope for a brighter future in others, and I’m honored to be a part of a team of recovery advocates who are passionate about changing the way addiction and recovery is viewed by society and who work tirelessly in their efforts to create change.”

Onawa earned a Master’s degree in Psychology at the University of Michigan, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Smith College, and an Associate of Arts degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences at Holyoke Community College.

To learn more about our outreach team, click here.

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