Mediator's Profile

Dr. Debra Dupree

Business Name: Relationships At Work, Inc.

Dr. Debra Dupree helps professionals manage blow-ups and master conflict.

She is a renowned mediator, speaker and trainer with over 30 years’ experience in the field.  As the former Director of Training for Mediation Training Institute (MTI), she designed and delivered training with MTI’s founder, Dr. Dan Dana, for lawyers, leaders, and human resource professionals throughout North America, Hong Kong, and Africa.  She is well-known for extensive experience mediating Family and Workplace Issues, specializes in high conflict relationships, leadership disputes, and working with medical conditions (mental and physical health and well-being) in the workplace.

Dr. Dupree also has a combined 15 years of experience serving on the faculty at California Western School of Law in dispute resolution, National University’s Certificate in Conflict Resolution program, and Ryokan College in advanced psychology and the neuroscience of behavior.  She is a faculty member of the American Arbitration Association ( AAA), regularly contributing to their design and delivery of educational programs.  She is a recognized member of the AAA Employment Law Mediation Panel. She regularly partners with Online Mediation Expert Susan Guthrie, Esq. and Distinguished Fellow Harold Coleman, Esq. in bringing the latest on advanced strategies to the legal community for both advocates and mediators.

In serving her communities, Dr. Dupree was the former President of ADR-San Diego and currently serves on the Board for the Southern California Mediation Association (SCMA) as well as the Planning Committee for the American Bar Association (ABA) Dispute Resolution Section. Mediation, or facilitated dialogue, is often the core of Debra’s interventions, however, her clients conflict often benefit from additional strategies and pre-mediation preparation that may include:

  • 1:1 coaching to build interpersonal skills, mental health well-being, and conflict management strategies
  • Team-building for conflict competent teams
  • Communication and conflict style assessments to bridge the gaps
  • Pre- and post-intervention leadership guidance, development, and ‘hot spot’ support


  • Professor, Dispute Resolution, California Western School of Law, National University, and Ryokan College, 2007-2016
  • Ryokan College, Doctor of Psychology (PsyD), Neurobiology and Behavior, 2014
  • San Diego State University, pre-doctoral studies in Rehabilitation Administration, 1992-1994
  • University of California, Santa Barbara, Master’s Degree, Education (Counseling Psychology & Organizational Psychology) 1982
  • University of California, Santa Barbara, Bachelor of Arts – BA, Psychology, 1979
  • University of Minnesota, Bachelor’s Degree, Educational Leadership and Administration, Cross-Cultural Studies, 1977


  • 2009: Cinergy Conflict Management – Certified Conflict Coach
  • 2007: United States Postal Service (USPS) –  Certificate in Transformative Mediation for Workplace Disputes
  • 2007: Coast to Coast Mediation Services – Certificate in Business Partner Dissolution / Family & Divorce Mediation
  • 2005: Association for Conflict Resolution – Designated as an Advanced Practitioner in Workplace Mediation
  • 2005: Equal Employment Opportunity Commission – Certificate in Title VII Disputes, Advanced Practices
  • 2004: Mediation Training Institute, Inc. – Certificate in Advanced Workplace Mediation
  • 2003: Mediation Training Institute, Inc. – Certificate in Workplace Mediation
  • 2001: Equal Employment Opportunity Commission – Certificate in Title VII Disputes
  • 2001: National Conflict Resolution Center (formerly known as the San Diego Mediation Center) – Certificate in Advanced Mediation
  • 1999: Mediation Training Institute, Inc. – Certificate in Conflict Management for Managers
  • 1999: Diversity Training, Champion Services Group / Southern California Edison – Certificate as a Diversity Trainer
  • 1997: Disability Management Employers Coalition – Certified Professional in Disability Management
  • 1994: San Diego Mediation Center – Certificate in Basic Mediation
  • 1986: California Board Of Behavioral Sciences – Licensed Marriage Family Therapist (and continuing)
  • 1986: Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CCRC) – Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) & Certified Case Manager (CMC)

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