Deborah S. Butler

Deborah S. Butler is currently a project director at the Center for Cultural Experiences in Prevention at Virginia Commonwealth University. The project is devoted to the study of cultural, family, and community factors that affect substance use among African American youth. Ms. Butler was the senior prevention specialist responsible for implementing Sisters of Nia with several hundred girls in the Richmond metro area. Prior to joining Virginia Commonwealth University, she worked in the Washington, D.C., area, developing and implementing prevention programs as a counselor for a youth program and as a team trainer for substance abuse prevention programming.

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