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August 2, 2018 40 Under Forty 2018

Dr. Ashley G. Dorin

Photo | J. Fiereck Photography

Age: 39

Company: The Village for Families & Children

Title: Medical Director

No. of years with current company: 6

Town where I live: West Hartford

Town where I work: Hartford

College: Northwestern University

Highest Degree: Doctor of medicine

Dr. Ashley Dorin is the medical director of The Village for Families & Children, a nonprofit agency providing a full range of behavioral-health, youth-development and substance-abuse treatment for children, families and adults in the Greater Hartford region.

She received a bachelor's degree in neuroscience from Brown University, completed her medical degree at Northwestern University, and completed residency and fellowship in psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry at UCLA.

A West Hartford native, she then returned to the Hartford area and assumed the directorship at The Village, where she focuses on providing comprehensive mental-health services to underserved communities.

What's been your biggest professional accomplishment?

As medical director, I led the development of new policies related to high safety standards and quality psychiatric care and oversaw their implementation across my organization's multiple sites. This resulted in our first-ever accreditation for behavioral health care by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations in 2015.

How are you involved in the community?

I am on the board of the Mandell Jewish Community Center, primarily because I wanted to give back to its Early Childhood Center, which has been important in the lives of my children. I am involved with multiple philanthropic efforts for social services and social justice.

What do you like to do outside of work?

I like to read, travel and spend time with my husband and two children, and our poorly behaved but loveable dog. Whenever I am able to, I volunteer in my children's elementary and preschool classrooms.

Give an example of a people-skills habit you adhere to in your work and daily life that you feel has helped you succeed.

I feel it is important to convey respect and empathy for those I work with and treat in all aspects of communication. I strive to model this style of interaction in my day-to-day work and in times of crisis.

What do you hope Greater Hartford will be like in 10 years?

In 10 years, I hope that Greater Hartford will have a robust downtown with engaged local corporations whose missions center on giving back to the local community.

Four reasons why you deserve to be a 40 Under Forty:

• Named youngest medical director of The Village for Families & Children at age 36.

• Have overseen the growth of the psychiatry department at The Village to ensure quality psychiatric care and to incorporate services for adults.

• Active in the leadership of community organizations.

• Involved in philanthropy dedicated toward the advancement of education and social services.

Fun Fact:

I played the harp for 10 years.

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