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NASW Social Work Pioneers®
Ronald Aldridge, PhD, MSW
Aldridge also created and managed the first sex offender treatment program at the military's maximum security penitentiary in Leavenworth, Kansas. The program produced previously unknown findings, especially in the area of child molestation that led to evidenced-based intervention used to treat people with sexual offences.
In the early years of his social work career, Aldridge, as he is known in Austin, spent 20 years in the
Aldridge met with Capitol Hill leadership to address the growing drug and alcohol problems in Europe in the 1970s. His recommendations were accepted and adopted throughout Europe, to establish alcohol and drug prevention and control offices in every major garrison city manned by medical staff and social workers.
In response to the AIDS pandemic in the mid-1980s, Aldridge initiated the first counseling program for families dealing with AIDS in the military. Now, in retirement, he is recognized in the non-profit arena as a leader and advocate for access to community services: for example, as CEO of the Dallas Child Guidance Clinic and as CEO of the AIDS Services of North Texas agency which grew into a multi-location federally qualified health center called Health Services of North Texas, serving 8,500-plus in need of healthcare, regardless of their ability to pay.
In addition to his leadership as CEO of the AIDS Services of North Texas since 2000, Aldridge was Deputy Director of the Community Council of Greater Dallas, Executive Director of Child and Family Guidance Centers in Dallas, and Director of Mental Health at the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks in Leavenworth, Kansas. He was also Chief of Social Work Service in three locations: the William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso, Dewitt Army Hospital in Fort Belvoir, Virginia, and the Third Infantry Division, Wurzburg, Germany.
Specific to NASW, Aldridge was vice president of the Texas State Chapter; president of the El Paso Unit; National Delegate Assembly; and Dallas Unit Co-Chair.
Significant Achievements and Awards
Social and Psychological Characteristcs of Rapists and Rape. Monograph prepared for the U.S. Surgeon General, November 1983.
"Gang Intervention: Main Street, U.S.A." in National Field Study on Gangs and Gang Violence, U.S. Department of Justice, 1991.
"Co-Corrections," Corrective and Social Psychiatry and Journal of Behavior Technology Methods and Therapy, Vol. 34, No. 4, 1989