Deborah S. Lyons has over 30 years of experience in the mental health field. For over 20 of those years she has maintained a private practice in Austin, Texas. She also frequently teams with family law attorneys on Collaborative Law divorce cases, works as a Parent Coordinator with couples and families, and is an instructor, trainer, and speaker on a variety of topics. She holds dual licensure in Texas as both a Licensed Psychologist and a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology. She provides outpatient psychotherapeutic services to both hearing and deaf children, adolescents and adults, as well as psychological and neuropsychological evaluations, and consults with school districts across the state of Texas.
Fluent in American Sign Language, she has worked extensively with the deaf/hearing-impaired communities since 1981, providing both direct services to clients as well as case consultation to agencies. She has held positions at the Texas School for the Deaf where she served as its first Supervising Psychologist, Austin Regional Clinic Mental Health Associates and the Alabama Department of Mental Health.
She has been an Adjunct Instructor within the Psychiatry Residency Training Program at the Austin State Hospital/Seton Shoal Creek Hospital since 2001, and previously taught undergraduate Developmental Psychology at Auburn University.
She has also maintained an active presence in the field of Collaborative Divorce for the last ten years as a speaker, mental health professional, and process facilitator in complex, high conflict divorce cases.
She is privileged to have known and worked with Bill Eddy since 2007 and has benefitted enormously over the years from his expertise as a trainer, colleague, and mentor. Deborah is trained in the New Ways for Families methods and serves as a speaker, trainer, and educational consultant for HCI.
She obtained her Ph.D. in clinical psychology, with an emphasis in child clinical psychology, from Auburn University in 1991, where she also earned her M.S. in 1986, and has a B.S. in psychology from Loyola University of Chicago.