About Debra L. Stout

Dr. Debra Stout

Many years ago, Debra Stout left a lucrative, 15 year management career in the Southern California teen retail clothing industry to earn her Doctorate degree in Psychology. She has since established herself as an advocate for those in need in Orange County. Dr. Stout specializes in all aspects of community development work with an emphasis in the areas of positive youth development and resiliency as well as homelessness issues and collaboration. She strongly advocates approaches that involve youth and college students in all levels and steps of the prevention and intervention process in our communities. In many ways, Dr. Stout mentors in her college aged young adults exactly what she has done for herself.

Debra spent over 6 years working for the Orange County Department of Education’s alcohol, tobacco and other drug use and violence prevention programs. In that capacity, Debbie coordinated a nationally acclaimed gang prevention and intervention program in conjunction with the Boys and Girls Club of Westminster. Debbie is currently the Executive Director of the Fullerton Collaborative. She is also still involved in DoctorS Nonprofit Consulting, a company she co-founded with her husband Dallas Stout, Psy.D. in 2004. As a consultant to the Orange County Department of Education, she assisted in the development of the O.C. Safe from the Start Coalition facilitator manual as well as their “train the trainer” programs. Debbie has been a member of the faculty at California State University Fullerton since 2006 where she teaches courses in both the graduate program in Counseling and the undergraduate department of Child and Adolescent Studies. In late 2018, the University of the Rockies where she taught since 2011 merged with Ashford University. She is now an Associate Online Faculty Member of Ashford’s College of Doctoral Studies where she teaches a variety of Doctoral courses in Psychology.

Debra has professionally demonstrated her experience & research interests at local, statewide, and international conferences including the International Conference on Violence, Abuse, and Trauma, as well as the Los Angeles County Psychological Association. As a Master Trainer, she has facilitated workshops throughout the county as well. Debra has been interviewed about her work on local T.V. and radio shows. Dr. Stout was honored by the California State Assembly as a 2018 Woman of Distinction for her work in the community. She and her husband were humbled to be named “2015 Honorees” for the 30th anniversary OC celebration of National Philanthropy Day. In 2011, Debbie was very honored to receive State Senator Lou Correa’s “Women Making a Difference” award. In 2007, Debbie was honored to receive the first annual Linda Kearns Prevention in the Community Award from the Orange County Substance Abuse Prevention network.

Debra earned her B.S. Degree from California State University Fullerton in Human Services, Cum Laude. She earned her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Azusa Pacific University where she graduated with special recognition for her work with children and their families. Debra’s areas of interest include academic motivation, childhood incest, self- mutilation, and eating disorders.

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