Deborah A. Lott serves as an independent developmental editor for books, essays, curricula, speeches, presentations, and educational film scripts. Recently, she has worked on projects ranging from ambitious biographies of leading figures in psychology to a memoir of postpartum anxiety. Lott collaborates with individual authors, literary agents, publishers, universities and other academic institutions, corporations, and nonprofits. She specializes in narrative nonfiction, memoir, psychology, medicine, and social science.
From 2001-2013, she was consulting Senior Editor for the bicoastal, SAMHSA-funded UCLA/Duke University National Center for Child Traumatic Stress (Co-Directors Robert R. Pynoos, MD, and John Fairbank, PhD). In that capacity, she managed large scale projects and also wrote and edited print and mixed media products for general and professional audiences. She co-wrote a two-day comprehensive curriculum for resource parents on childhood trauma that has been widely implemented across the country. Ms. Lott also contributed to the writing and editing of Core Concepts in Trauma, a comprehensive case-based curriculum on the complexities of trauma. This curriculum has received national attention for its unique learner-led approach and its emphasis on the internal experience of the child.
Deborah A. Lott was also a Contributing Editor for Psychiatric Times where she covered myriad topics, including brain research, trauma, anxiety disorders, women’s issues, children’s mental health, and the politics of mental health services.
In a longstanding relationship with UCLA, Ms. Lott has collaborated with medical professionals and edited work for the Divisions of Gastroenterology, Anesthesiology, Gerontology, and the Medical Staff office.
Deborah welcomes prospective clients whom she can help take their projects from conception through completion.