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Dug Y. Lee Lebel, PhD, ABPP

Board Certified Couple and Family Psychologist


Fielding Graduate University

Jan 2008 – Aug 2013

Santa Barbara, CA

Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, 2013

M.A. Clinical Psychology, 2010

Bastyr University / LIOS

Aug 2004 – Jun 2006

Kenmore, WA

M.A. Applied Behavioral Science

University of Tennessee Jun 1993 – Dec 1996

Knoxville, TN

B.S. Business Administration

Summa Cum Laude


Prosper Health

Aug 2023 – Present

Fort Lauderdale, FL (Remote)

Position: Assessment Psychologist

I conduct diagnostic assessments for adults who believe they may be autistic.

• Utilize a variety of testing instruments

• Analyze data and write assessment reports

Antioch University Seattle

Oct 2015 – Present

Seattle, WA (Remote)

Position: Adjunct Faculty/ Clinical Supervisor

I mentor and educate students about human behavior, the nature of systems, professional development, and regulatory issues. I help them to embrace ambiguity and develop their ability to solve problems using analysis, creativity, and their unique strengths. As a member of dissertation committees, I serve as the analytic systems thinker who can detect the strengths and difficulties the project may encounter in the future. Also, when training sites were in short supply, I have helped build partnerships in the community and helped those entities build out training programs for the Antioch students.

• Clinically supervise and teach pre-PsyD psychology students

• Remote teach pre-MA couple and family therapy students

• Participate in dissertation committees

• Build partnerships and programs in the community

Private Practice

Jan 2006 – Present

Telepsychology and YouTube

Position: Psychologist, Owner

My private practice consists of outreach via my YouTube channel, Creative Psychology with Dr. Dug, and direct clinical work with clients of color who are struggling with relationship difficulties and anxiety. As a board-certified Couple and Family Psychologist, I approach all of my work from a systems perspective and use creative strategies in order to help people consider alternative views of themselves and their lives. I have developed and maintained professional collaborations with healthcare providers from a variety of disciplines in order to approach client care from a multisystems approach. In response to the need for mental health treatment in rural areas and increased accessibility for clients of color, I developed the telepsychology aspect of my practice in 2018 and gained PSYPACT designation in 2021.

• Conduct psychotherapy with individuals, couples, and adolescents

• Provide leadership in the community on behavioral health and telepsychology

• Outreach to clinicians, students, and the general public through YouTube channel

Vida Health Jan

2022 – Aug 2023

San Francisco, CA (Remote)

Position: Psychologist

I conduct clinical assessments and provide brief Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to individuals struggling with anxiety, mood, relationships, and work stressors.

• Provide brief psychotherapy to individuals

• Conduct clinical assessments

Yorkville University

Aug 2022 – Feb 2023

New Brunswick, ON (Remote)

Position: Faculty Lead (Full-time)

I oversee and support adjunct faculty teaching the Diversity course to pre-MA students using a strengths-based approach that honors individuality and critical thinking. I also collaborate with the premier cohort of Faculty Leads in creating standards, protocols, and documentation for this new role. Finally, I also remote teach students across all pre-MA courses.

• Remote instruct pre-MA counseling psychology students

• Supervise 30+ instructors teaching Cultural Diversity in Counselling

• Contribute to a new infrastructure for the Faculty Lead role

• Committee work for Hiring, Student Development, and Scholarship

Fairleigh Dickinson University

Jan 2022 – Jun 2022

Teaneck, NJ (Remote)

Position: Adjunct Faculty

I mentor and educate students about diversity issues in psychology, including theories and intersectional perspectives. My classes are unique in their experiential nature and high level of student participation. I help students to gain greater insight into their own implicit beliefs and grow their cultural knowledge, humility, and appreciation.

• Remote instruct pre-PhD psychology students

Washington State Examining Board of Psychology

Apr 2020 – Jun 2021

Olympia, WA

Position: Board Member by Gubernatorial Appointment

I work with a peer body to ensure public safety and quality of psychological services. We develop rules and policies that promote the ethical and legal provision of psychological treatment, as well as monitor and enforce standards of practice. I help to establish qualifications and standards for the practice of psychology with the purpose of maintaining a high level of public trust, which in turn, fosters greater social acceptance of mental health treatment.

VA Puget Sound Health Care System

Feb 2017 – Nov 2019

Tacoma and Seattle, WA

Position: Community Outpatient Mental Health Clinical Reviewer

I revamped my program after identifying the inefficiencies impacting Veterans’ access to care, the inherited historical damaged trust between my program and other VA departments, and the lack of oversight of the community contractors. I was able to successfully develop collaborative partnerships with multiple entities who had conflicting goals, ambitions, and priorities, including VA providers from multiple healthcare disciplines, VA leadership, VA staff across the country, contracted community providers, and Veterans. Those collaborations allowed me to address the gaps in treatment for eating disorders and substance use disorders. I identified and tracked this disparity, developed and proposed solutions to leadership, and empowered others to implement and further grow the new protocols. With these successes, I was treated as an SME in managed care

• Evaluate requests for Veteran’s initial and continuing mental health treatment in the community

• Partner with internal and external stakeholders

• Act as SME for behavioral health managed care

• Develop, advocate for, and implement programmatic changes

Give an Hour

May 2015 – Mar 2017

Seattle, WA

Position: Project Coordinator, Tacoma Community Collaborative

I created Give an Hour’s first presence in the Pacific Northwest. Give an Hour is a national nonprofit with the mission of military and Veteran mental well-being. In response to the problem of multiple disparate entities working in parallel, I led my team in the creation of a collaborative community in Western Washington. I strategically identified private and public stakeholders, worked to unify them under the shared mission of military and Veteran mental health, and empowered them to create sustainable programs.

• Identify available mental health resources for active and retired service members and their loved ones

• Analyze the gaps in and barriers to mental health services and identify possible remedies

• Initiate and facilitate the coordination of care across resources

• Create a collaborative of local stakeholders concerned about the mental health needs of the military


Associates for Psychiatric and Mental Health

Sep 2013 – Apr 2015

Vancouver, WA

Position: Psychologist

My role as the behavioral health lead entailed providing consultation and mentorship to medical and mental health staff, facilitating and conducting trainings to improve services, and provide direct services.

• Serve as behavioral health lead

• Conduct intakes and psychotherapy with individuals, couples, and adolescents

• Administer, score, and write reports on comprehensive psychological assessments


North Carolina Psychological Association

Jul 2023 – Present

Raleigh, NC

Position: Member

American Board of Professional Psychology

Nov 2018 – Present

Chapel Hill, NC

Position: Board Member (since Oct 2019), American Board of Couple and Family Psychology

American Academy of Couple and Family Psychology

Nov 2018 – Present

Evanston, IL

Position: Board Member

American Society of Clinical Hypnosis

Jun 2017 – Present

Schaumburg, IL

Position: Associate Member

Washington Counselors of Color Network

Jun 2016 – Present

Seattle, WA

Position: Member

Asian American Psychological Association

Jan 2010 – Present

Washington, DC

Position: Member

American Psychological Association

Aug 2006 – Present

Washington, DC


• Division 10: Society for the Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts

• Division 45: Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity and Race

Washington State Psychological Association

Aug 2006 – Dec 2020

Seattle, WA

Position: Editor-in-Chief (Jan 2009 – Dec 2012)

Position: Chapter 6 Continuing Education Coordinator (Jan 2014 – Jan 2015)


Give an Hour Mar

2010 – Present

Position: Volunteer Provider

• Provide pro-bono psychotherapy for members of the military and their families

American Red Cross

Jun 2010 – Jan 2019

Position: Disaster Mental Health Volunteer

• Supervise disaster mental health volunteers as King County Lead

Jan 2016 – Mar 2017

• Rebuild the disaster mental health program as King County Lead

• Train and debrief American Red Cross volunteers pre and post-deployments

• Provide psychological crisis intervention for survivors of disasters

King County Clinic

Oct 2017 – Oct 2018

Seattle Center, Seattle, WA

Position: Mental Health Supervisor

• Supervise student volunteer therapists at the annual King County Clinic

King County Crisis Clinic

Aug 2006 – Dec 2007

Seattle, WA

Position: Crisis Intervention Phone Worker

• Provide telephone crisis intervention


Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Apr 2023 – Present

North Carolina Board of Psychology


Authority to Practice Interjurisdictional Telepsychology

Dec 2021 – Present

Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards


Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Oct 2021 – Present

Georgia Secretary of State


Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Jul 2021 – Present

Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs


Couple and Family Psychology Board Certification

Nov 2018 – Present

American Board of Professional Psychology

Certificate #8804

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

May 2014 – Present

Washington State Department of Health

PY 60415676

Six Sigma White Belt

Nov 2016

Spectrum Consulting Group, LLC


Fielding Graduate University

Jul 2014

Doctoral Dissertation

Dissertation Committee Chairperson: Karen Dill, PhD

• Is Charisma Enough for Women? The Impact of Gender on Charismatic Influence

A study of the power disparity between men and women via the examination of the relationships between gender,

charisma, and influence.

Antioch University Seattle

May 2008 – Nov 2010

Research Practicum

Supervisor: Alejandra Suarez, PhD

• Mindfulness and Nonviolent Communication

A study of the impact of mindfulness and nonviolent communication training on

inmates’ recidivism. Designed the experiment, conducted quantitative analysis,

designed behavioral rating scales, selected psychometric tests, scored specialized

instruments, interpreted findings, and co-wrote a paper.

• Integrated Theory of Listening

An investigation of the listening components of Freudian psychoanalysis, Jungian

psychology, May’s existentialism, Rogers’ person-centered approach, Gestalt therapy,

Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, Csikszentmihalyi’s evolutionary psychology, Greenberg’s

emotion-focused approach, positive psychology, and interpersonal neurobiology.

Integrated these components into a single theory of listening, co-wrote a paper, and

presented the theory at a conference in Lisbon, Portugal.

Relationship Research Institute (Gottman Institute)

Oct 2007 – Jan 2008

Position: Research Assistant

• Violence in Intimate Relationships.

A study of relationships characterized by violence. Screened and interviewed participants and collected biometric

data of participants during the interviews.

Antioch University Seattle

Aug 2006 – Jan 2007

Doctoral Fellow

Supervisor: Alejandra Suarez, PhD

• Openness to Diversity

An examination of the relationship between ego integration and openness to diversity.

• Designed the experiment, conducted quantitative analysis, scored specialized instruments, interpreted

findings, and trained other raters on the Loevinger Sentence Completion Test.


Lee, D. Y. (2022, December). I’m fine. Panel moderation for Give An Hour, Online.

Lee, D. Y. (2022, July). How culture impacts our emotional wellbeing. Panel presentation for Give An Hour, Online.

Lee, D. Y. (2021, March). Moral injury vs. PTSD: Is the monster in here or out there? Presentation at the Jewish Family Service meeting, Online.

Fury, S., Lee, D. Y., & Bogen, E. (2020, May). Before and after the affair. Presentation at the Antioch University Seattle Community Meeting, Online.

Lee, D. Y. (2019, January). Moral injury vs. PTSD: Is the monster in here or out there? Presentation at the Pierce County Counselors meeting, Tacoma, WA.

Lee, D. Y. (2018, August). Treating the mental health of female Veterans: An overview. Presentation at the Residence XII clinical meeting, Kirkland, WA.

Lee, D. Y. (2017, June). Let’s get practical about treating military clients: Cultural and clinical competence. Presentation at the Pierce County Counselors Association meeting, Tacoma, WA.

Lee, D. Y. (2016, March). Countertransference: Beyond psychoanalysis. Presentation at the Antioch University Seattle Community Meeting, Seattle, WA.

Lee, D. Y. (2016, January). Living with Integrity and Intention. Workshop at the Washington Department of Veterans Affairs Vet Corps Conservation Program Mid-Year Meeting, Fife, WA.

Lee, D. Y. (2015, October). Mental health bootcamp: What therapists should know about treating military clients. Presentation at the Pierce County Counselors Association meeting, Tacoma, WA.

Lee, D. Y. (2015, July). Before and after the affair. Presentation at the Antioch University Seattle Community Meeting, Seattle, WA.

Lee, D. Y., Hlavsa, D., Holloman, D., Davis, A., Lehavot, K., Nobles, R., …Swanson, L. (2007, October). Acting in therapy: Finding the diversity within. Presentation at the fall conference of the Washington State Psychological Association, Tacoma, WA.

Lee, D. Y., Hlavsa, D., & Schoenholtz-Read, J. (2008, October). Transitioning in and out of the psychotherapist's role to enhance self-care: Lessons from acting. Presentation at the fall conference of the Washington State Psychological Association, Tukwila, WA.

Lee, D. Y., & Meek, W. (2010, October). Are you tearing at the moral fabric of Pacific Northwest Psychologists? Presentation at the fall conference of the Washington State Psychological Association, Lynnwood, WA.

Lee, D. Y., & Orpen, S. (2015, May). Sex therapy with couples. Presentation at the Antioch University Seattle Community Meeting, Seattle, WA.

Siegel, L. A., & Lee, D. Y. (2014, October). The ins and outs of sexual disorders, pharmacology, and integrative care. Presentation at the fall conference of the Washington State Psychological Association, Seatac, WA.

Suarez, A., & Lee, D. Y. (2007, July). Listening with integration: From Reik to Siegel. Paper presented at the summer conference of the Society for the Exploration of Psychological Integration, Lisbon, Portugal.

Suarez, A., Lee, D. Y., Rowe, C., Gomez, A., Murowchick, E., & Linn, P. (2009, October). Two studies of Freedom Project: Does it work? How does it work? Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Freedom Project, Seattle, WA.


Lee, D. Y. (2020). Compassion fatigue – moral injury cycle: Healthcare practitioners’ dilemma during global crises. Submitted manuscript.

Suarez, A., Lee, D. Y., Rowe, C., Gomez, A. A., Murowchick, E., & Linn, P. L. (2014). Freedom Project: Nonviolent communication and mindfulness training in prison. SAGE Open, 4(1). doi: 10.1177/2158244013516154

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