Debra Cox-Howard

Assistant Director
Debra Cox-Howard
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Identities & Language

  • Cis Woman
  • Straight/Heterosexual
  • Black or African American
  • Christian
  • Language: English

Education & License

Debra earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Arizona. She double-majored in Medical Technology/Microbiology and double-minored in Chemistry/Psychology. She earned her masters in counseling degree from the University of Phoenix. She holds dual licenses in the state of Arizona as a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor

CAPS Service Teams

  • Counseling
  • Couples
  • Substance Abuse

Role at CAPS

Debra is the Assistant Director at CAPS. Her time is divided between direct clinical service to students, administrative responsibilities, and overseeing CAPS clinical services.

Specialty Populations

  • Student Athletes

Specialty Areas

  • Addiction
  • Alcohol Use
  • Anxiety
  • Career Counseling
  • Codependency
  • Coping Skills
  • Crisis
  • Depression
  • Drug Abuse
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Family Conflict/Family of Origin
  • Gambling
  • Grief
  • Internet Addiction
  • Life Coaching
  • Life Transitions
  • Non-Suicidal Self-Injury/Self-Harm
  • Panic
  • Peer Relationships
  • Performance & Test Anxiety
  • Racial Trauma
  • Relationship Issues
  • Self-Esteem
  • Stress
  • Substance Use

Treatment Approach

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Compassion-Based
  • Interpersonal
  • Mindfulness
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Multicultural
  • Neurolinguistic
  • Solution-Focused

Insurance & Payment Options

  • Aetna 
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Campus Care
  • Cigna
  • Fee for Service
  • HealthNet
  • United Health Care/Optum
  • United Student Health Insurance

Professional Interests

Debra's clinical work focuses on substance abuse prevention and recovery, time and stress management, multicultural issues, social justice, relationships and general counseling using an eclectic approach including cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing and person-centered approaches.

Personal Interests

Debra enjoys traveling (especially to the beach and tropical climates), learning about different cultures and customs, reading, is an avid "foodie," enjoys the theater and the Arts, and has a special place in her heart for dogs

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