James D. Huysman Psy.D., LCSW

Dr. James Huysman, LCSW, aka “Dr. Jamie” has built his innovative 30-year healthcare career on the premise that “Necessity is the Mother of Invention.” He believes that the resilience of the human spirit and effective collaboration are keys to the future of our country’s healthcare. He is a former hospital administrator of chemical dependency and psychiatric hospitals and fierce advocate of patient-centered health. With his attention attuned to behavioral health and senior care, he is also laser-focused on a professional workforce in touch with their wellness.

In the 80s, Dr. Huysman assumed his first leadership role while working with community behavioral, medical and psycho-social healthcare partnerships during the deinstitutionalizing movement of the chronically mentally ill. He built bridges to those community services by providing strong advocacy, creative collaborations, and quality case management.

He was one of the first to talk about the epidemic of addiction in the senior community, frequently presenting at leading conferences and speaking with national media to educate stake holders, older individuals, and their families about addiction and mental health concerns. 

Dr. Huysman maintains national and state Board and Advisory positions with the Florida Council on Aging (FCOA and the n4A, a nationwide governmental organization for 700+ Area Agencies on Aging. He serves on the Scientific Research Board of the International Council on Active Aging (ICAA), and is an advisor to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).

Dr. Jamie blogs for the addictions department of Psychology Today, broadcasts a weekly radio show, Caregiver SOS, for Clear Channel, and writes monthly columns for JoanLunden.com, Caregiver SOS, and WellMed Connections. He was one of a panel selected by the NASW, AARP and The Hartford Foundation to craft the NASW’s new “Standards for Social Work Practice with Family Caregivers of Older Adults.”

Book projects include co-authoring the acclaimed, Take Your Oxygen First: Protecting Your Health and Happiness While Caring for a Loved One with Memory Loss. He was included in Voices of Caregiving and Voices of Alcoholism for The Healing Project and featured in The 100 Mile Walk: A Quest to Find the Essence of Leadership. Dr. Huysman received his BA, Magna Cum Laude, from the University of Florida, earned his MSW in Social Work with high honors from Barry University and his Psy.D Cum Laude from California Southern University. He is also an addiction counselor and certified compassion fatigue therapist. 

Author of

Life in the Recovery Room

How to heal, grow, and prosper in challenging times. Read now.