Doretha Williams-Flournoy Born in South Central Los Angeles, Doretha Williams-Flournoy began her career as a psychotherapist and community health activist on behalf of low-income women and children.
After living in a community ravaged by substance abuse and gang violence, she
skills to impact the lives of African Americans through community mental health and public health interventions.
Formal training at UC Riverside
resulted in a double bachelor's degree in Psychology and Public Health Education.She then expanded her training to Community Mental Health at San Francisco State University where she received a master's degree in Clinical Psychology.She
then honed her
skills in program and research design while training as a doctoral student in Clinical Psychology at The Pennsylvania State University
.As a consultant, Doretha Williams-Flournoy has provided technical assistance to the Federal Government in the area of substance abuse and HIV/AIDS, religious leaders on AIDS in Africa, community groups, corporations, and community foundations in the area health disparities within communities of color.She has served as a mental health specialist for women with high risk pregnancies at the Watts Health Foundation; deputy director of Prototypes Women's Center, a 150-bed residential substance abuse treatment facility for women and their children; executive director, AIDS Project East Bay, Oakland CA; chief executive officer, Lyon-Martin Women's Health Services; and now as project director for the Network of Ethnic Physician Organizations, a project of the California Medical Association Foundation.