Dr. Stephen Odom - CEO/President/CCO
Dr. Stephen Odom is a distinguished healthcare and addiction treatment professional with over 25 years of expertise in the behavioral health field. He currently, serves as the CEO and Chief Clinical Officer of New Vista Behavioral Health, the parent company of Avalon Malibu, Simple Recovery and Avalon Integrative Wellness. In his notable and lengthy career in chemical dependency treatment, Stephen has proven to be an innovator in the industry. His vision, which is driven by the guiding principle that people suffering from addiction can, and do get well, has become the cornerstone of New Vista Behavioral Health’s client care model.
Stephen has a comprehensive educational background in healthcare, holding a Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Behavior from Covenant College, a Master’s in Experimental Psychology (Univ. of Tennessee), a Master’s in Clinical Psychology (Palo Alto University), and a Doctorate (Ph.D.) with a focus in Healthcare Administration (Capella University). Moreover, he is a licensed marriage and family therapist in the state of California.
Prior to joining New Vista Behavioral Health, Stephen served as CEO & Chief Clinical Officer at Simple Recovery, where he supported the strategy and application of their unique treatment model. He also led Simple Recovery in obtaining Joint Commission accreditation. Some of his experience includes, a Director’s post of Program Development for CRC Health as well as numerous Administrative and Clinical Director positions at chemical dependency treatment centers and hospitals in California. The posts included Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach and El Camino Hospital in the San Francisco Bay area. Additionally, Stephen practiced marriage and family therapy in a private practice setting and served as a university adjunct faculty member in Child Development and Psychology. Stephen is a chemical dependency expert having published articles on Mental Health and Substance Abuse Parity, and has appeared in the 2016 documentary film, California High and was featured on The Today Show. In his executive leadership role, his therapeutic and compassionate approach allows him to lead his clinical teams with a client-centered focus in mind.