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Debra Howard, PhD LCSW

Hi, I’m Dr. Debra Howard,

and I’ve spent much of my career focused on work with adults in the second half of life. As a baby boomer myself, I understand well the challenges, changes, and vulnerabilities that are a part of becoming older. 

As a former academic, I also know the research that “disproves” so much of the negativity around aging; and that demonstrates how much growth and opportunities are available to us throughout life.

As a practitioner, I am committed to using my knowledge, skills, insight and empathy in helping my clients live the best possible life available to them.

I encourage you to contact me to discuss how working with me might help you improve your current and future quality of life.

  • Years in Practice: 21 Years

  • School: University at Albany (SUNY)

  • Year Graduated: 2002

  • License and State: SW10563 Florida

About my background

  I received a PhD and a MSW from the University at Albany. I also have a MEd (Master of Education) from the University of Vermont, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida.


  I have worked as a clinical director of a senior center, a hospital (oncology) social worker, hospice social worker, and a grant-funded nursing home consultant.

  I was in academia for many years (16+), teaching in accredited schools of social work in Florida. 

  Specialized training includes trauma training (certified trauma professional; EMDR-trained); couples therapy (Gottman level 2 ); certifications in nationally-recognized programs in caregiver education (Powerful Tools for Caregivers) and depression intervention (PEARLS).

  I have conducted 70+ presentations/workshops on aging-related topics, and have published in academic journals.

  Awards include selection/participation in two National Institute of Health training programs.