About Constance Scharff


Constance Scharff, also known by the name Ahuva Batya, has a Ph.D. in Transformative Studies, specializing in addiction recovery.  She is the Senior Addiction Research Fellow and Director of Addiction Research for the Cliffside Malibu addiction treatment center.

Dr. Scharff is an award-winning author and dedicated advocate for women and girls. She has written two books, Ending Addiction for Good, which she co-authored with Richard Taite, and a poetry book, Meeting God at Midnight, detailing the struggles of the childless, particularly in the Jewish community. Dr. Scharff writes regularly for several blogs and websites, including Psychology Today, Huffington Post, and ireport on CNN. Her subjects include mental health, women’s health, and access to mental health care.

In her role as an addiction researcher, Dr. Scharff brings the latest in evidence-based addiction treatment to those at the treatment center for which she works as well as to those who suffer from addiction worldwide. She has spoken at conferences and shared information with researchers and mental health professionals in Europe, North and South America, the Middle East, Asia, and Africa. Her goal is to eliminate the stigma that is too often associated with addiction and other mental health disorders so that individuals in need of care will be able to receive that support and lead productive, fulfilling lives.

Personally and academically, Dr. Scharff has an interest in ecstatic spiritual experience, the kind of experience that literally changes a person’s life in a moment. She has traveled the world visiting practitioners of various religious traditions in order to help her understand how it is that individuals apprehend God. She focuses specifically on the ways in which ecstatic spiritual experiences can radically transform those who have them and uses that understanding to help those undergoing deep-seated change to incorporate that change in ways that are healthy and productive.

Dr. Scharff is a member of the Society for Consciousness Studies and a supporter of the Kenya Education Fund. She has been a minyan leader and educator in the Jewish community, enjoying the opportunity to talk about Torah and the important and changing roles of women in the Jewish world.

In her spare time, Dr. Scharff rides western pleasure and reined cow-horses recreationally in and around the Pacific Northwest.

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