Management

  • Debra K. Osteen
    Chief Executive Officer

    Prior to joining Acadia in December 2018, Ms. Osteen served as Executive Vice President of Universal Health Services, Inc. (NYSE: UHS) and President of UHS’s behavioral health division since 1999. Ms. Osteen led UHS’s behavioral health division to become the largest system of freestanding behavioral healthcare facilities in the United States. Under Ms. Osteen’s leadership, UHS acquired Cygnet Health Care and the adult services division of Cambian Group in the United Kingdom. Ms. Osteen served as past President of the National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems (now known as the National Association of Behavioral Healthcare). She also served on the Executive Committee of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, a public-private partnership advancing the national strategy for suicide prevention. Ms. Osteen has been named multiple times among the “Top 25 Women in Healthcare” by Modern Healthcare magazine, most recently in 2015.

    • David Duckworth
      Chief Financial Officer

      Mr. Duckworth joined Acadia in April 2011, after having served since May 2010 as Director of Finance at Emdeon Inc., a leading provider of revenue and payment cycle management and clinical information exchange solutions, which was then a NYSE-listed company. Previously, Mr. Duckworth was a Manager with Ernst & Young LLP, which he joined in 2002. Among a number of healthcare clients he served at Ernst & Young, Mr. Duckworth worked with Psychiatric Solutions, Inc. (PSI) throughout that company’s eight-year tenure as a public company, including a number of years in which he served as Audit Manager.

      • Christopher L. Howard
        Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary

        Christopher L. Howard joined Acadia in February 2011 and has served as the Company's Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary since that time. Before joining the Company, Mr. Howard served as PSI's Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary from September 2005 to November 2010. Prior to joining PSI, Mr. Howard was a partner at Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP, a law firm based in Nashville, Tennessee.

        • John S. Hollinsworth
          Executive Vice President of Operations

          Mr. Hollinsworth joined Acadia in January 2019 as Group President and was named Executive Vice President of Operations in July 2019. From November 2010 to January 2019, Mr. Hollinsworth served as a Senior Vice President and Division Vice President at Universal Health Services, Inc. Previously, Mr. Hollinsworth was a Division President with Psychiatric Solutions, Inc. from 2008 until October 2010.

          • Larry Harrod
            Executive Vice President, Finance

            Larry Harrod joined Acadia Healthcare in August 2019 as the company’s Executive Vice President of Finance. Prior to joining Acadia, Mr. Harrod spent 23 years at Universal Health Services, Inc., serving most recently as Senior Vice President of Finance in the behavioral health division under current Acadia CEO Debbie Osteen. Under their leadership, UHS’s behavioral health division grew from 23 facilities to more than 320. Previously, Mr. Harrod spent time as the Chief Financial Officer of Horsham Clinic, the Group Chief Financial Officer of Charter Medical of England.