Debbie Allen – Secular Activist, Certified Humanist Chaplain, Retired Psychotherapist
Debbie Allen is a very active member in the secular movement. However, before her activism in secular causes, Debbie was involved in her Reform synagogue, serving on the board of directors and chairing several committees including Education, Social Action, Outreach to Interfaith, and Membership. She is a retired psychotherapist and had a private practice. She was also a research investigator in neuropsychology at the UCSD School of Medicine.
As the founder and local director of the San Diego Coalition of Reason Debbie helped grow the organization from 10 to 18 cooperative atheist, humanist and freethought groups over the past 8 years. This organizing is now one of the leading secular organization in southern California. Debbie is a certified Humanist Chaplain which helps her advocate for non-theists in the military. She established the first ever humanist meeting at a military base in San Diego, and volunteers at the VA hospital in La Jolla. In addition to the above activism, she has a special interest in creating easily accessible humanist education programs for children and families.
If anyone is interested in creating a humanist chapter in their area, Debbie would be happy to share her experience as a leader of various humanist and freethought groups. She has learned many things the hard way, and as the years go by, there are more and more resources for local groups that she things many people can take advantage of.
Debbie’s skeptical and science-themed podcasts recommendations:
- Mormon Stories Podcast
- Brain Science Podcast
- TED Talks
- Science Friday
- Selected Shorts (NPR)
- This American Life
Debbie’s recommended Books:
- Leaving the Fold: A Guide for Former Fundamentalists and Others Leaving by Marlene Winell
- Marlene has also been interviewed on various podcasts, and they are worth listening to.
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