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Fortune interviews Dr. Debra Warner on ‘True Blood’ star’s sudden death

True Blood star Nelsan Ellis’ sudden death due to alcohol withdrawal brought attention to substance abuse and the stigma associated with it in the African American community. Dr. Debra Warner, professor in the Clinical Forensic Psychology program at the Los Angeles Campus, was interviewed by Fortune for the article, What Nelsan Ellis’ Death Can Teach Us About Building Addiction Programs That Work

“Think about what often happens with the police. Black people and people of color don’t want to talk about things that are going on in the family because something bad might happen.” And then there’s the stigma. “It’s very embarrassing.”

About Dr. Warner
Dr. Warner received her Master of Arts and Master of Education in counseling psychology from Columbia University, Teachers College, in New York City. She completed her doctorate in Forensic Psychology from Alliant International University, in Fresno. Read more.