Dr. Deborah Tull has had a 38-year history with the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) serving in numerous roles, including counselor, instructor and administrator. She has a doctorate in Clinical Psychology and a Master of Science in Rehabilitation and Community College Counseling. She has worked collaboratively with law enforcement entities on violence prevention training within the Los Angeles area for the past 15 years, and as well as serving as an instructor for USC’s Safe Communities Institute, she is also currently an instructor for USC’s LAPD Lead Program.
Areas of professional accomplishment have been recognized with numerous state and local awards and include programs for students with disabilities, sexual assault and domestic violence prevention, and college student mental health. Her community leadership efforts include service on advisory committees with the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health to develop collaborative college programs which support individuals with mental health challenges, Third Party Assessor for the State of California to mediate conflict between the Welfare Department and welfare recipients, and the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office to conduct research on adolescent suicide prevention.
Dr. Tull also has a long history serving as a Technical Assistance Expert for colleges, agencies and professional organizations requiring training on mental health-related issues. She is currently serving as the Executive Director of VentionWorks, LLC, which offers colleges, communities, and businesses mental health prevention, intervention, and postvention training and program development opportunities. Most recently, she served as a lead researcher on two National Council on Disability Projects: 1) College and University Student Mental Health Services and Supports Project; and 2) A Federal Project targeting sexual assault services and supports for students with disabilities. She is also serving as a member of the Los Angeles Superior Court Mental Health Think Tank.