Debra Warner, Psy.D.

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Dr. Debra completed her doctorate in Forensic Psychology from Alliant International University in Fresno, California.  Dr. Debra is currently a Professor in Los Angeles. She received her Master of Arts and Master of Education in counseling psychology from Columbia University, Teachers College, in New York City, and Dr. Debra has served as an adjunct professor for several universities and as Lead Faculty for Chapman University’s Marriage and Family Therapy program. Dr. Warner has also served as Special Assistant to the Dean of Academic Affairs: Diversity and Community Engagement and Lead Faculty for the Forensic Psychology department for Los Angeles and Irvine. Some of her other professional assignments have included the Department of Homeland Security, Los Angeles Police Department, C.U.R.E.-A Better Los Angeles, the Department of Defense, the Department of Corrections, and the Regional Center. For these assignments, she designed the program elements related to mental health and evaluation. Moreover, she served as clinical supervisor relating to human trafficking, trauma, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, and multicultural therapeutic techniques.

In 2009, she received several awards and recognitions for community engagement from the Los Angeles City Attorney, the Department of Defense, the Los Angeles Police Department, and The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. In 2013 she was given a distinguished teaching award for Outstanding Public Service Teaching. She currently is a peer reviewer on several academic journals and is part of the Medical Advisory Board for Quality Health. In 2015, she became a regular Tuesday night co-host of the weekly syndicated radio show Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) on Blog Talk Radio with Bill Murray. She served on the board of directors for The National Partnership to End Interpersonal Violence Across the Lifespan (NPEIV) relating to public awareness and publicity. She was previously appointed to the advisory board for A Better LA. She is an invited consultant involving academic program review and evaluation both nationally and internationally.


Dr. Warner is a popular speaker pertaining to community gang intervention. She now focuses her clinical practice on male survivor issues of abuse, violence, and trauma. She has written a number of encyclopedia entries related to crime and justice for Sage publications (Encyclopedia of Transnational Crime and Justice and Encyclopedia of Criminal Justice Ethics). Currently, her research focuses on diversity issues connected to mental health and male survivor trauma. In her spare time, she creates training for law enforcement and attorneys related to mental health and the court system. It should be noted that in all of her professional endeavors she involves students often for professional development.

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  • What is your favorite quote? “We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.” -Kurt Vonnegut
  • Are there any moments that stand out as having a significant impact on your career? A stand out, which had a huge impact on my career was my TEDx talk. Second being a published author and editor of five books. Two of which are with my children!
  • Outside of your profession do you have any hobbies/interests? I love to travel.
  • Who do you look up to as a mentor and why? All those who were first in anything that symbolizes diversity.
  • Is there anything else we should know about you? I am dedicated to ending the stigma surrounding mental health related issues for disempowered populations across settings. My hope is for everyone to come together to listen and love!