Joel Hanson MD serves as the Medical Director for Ascendant Behavioral Health. Dr Hanson is Board Certified in both General Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine with extensive training in the treatment of Addictions. With a focus on Substance Use Disorder, he has created and directed numerous evidence-based programs in a variety of settings including Highland Ridge Hospital, University Neuropsychiatric Institute, St. George Detox Hospital and Wasatch Mental Health.
Dr. Hanson believes the most appropriate approach for successful long-term outcomes is to have many levels of Behavioral Health and Substance Use Disorder treatment under one umbrella, and to include a comprehensive continuum of care which reduces stress for clients and their families.
Dr. Hanson graduated from the University of Rochester School of Medicine in New York. He completed an internship with Columbia University of New York. He then completed dual residency programs in Internal Medicine and Psychiatry at the University of Utah.