A photo of EDC's Debra Gardner Morris


Debra Gardner Morris draws on 30 years of experience to build the infrastructure needed to support opioid and other substance abuse prevention. She utilizes expert training and technical assistance (T/TA) to promote health and increase organizational and individual capacity to address health disparities and strengthen the implementation of evidence-based prevention strategies.

Morris is the associate director of Coaching for Success and a senior technical assistance specialist for SAMHSA’s Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies. Through Coaching for Success, Morris leads a team of consultants who provide targeted, intensive TA to over 40 local level Partnerships for Success grantees (SAMHSA funded) to achieve their opioid and other substance abuse prevention goals.

Prior to joining EDC, Morris was director of Emory University School of Public Health’s Tobacco Technical Assistance Consortium (TTAC). She has brought together multiple agencies to align their program processes in order to create streamlined service delivery models.  She also delivered TA services and led training programs on health disparities, cultural competency, and engaging and mobilizing communities to implement environmental and systems changes.

Morris received a BA from Spelman College and an MPH from Emory University. She is a Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES).

“Some grantees are highly resourced and can dive right into prevention work; others are first-timers or are located in isolated areas who need more intensive T/TA. Our goal is to meet clients where they are right now.”


Prevention Matters, a Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation Initiative

Speaking Highlights

Building T/TA Provider Capacities: T/TA Best Practice Face to Face Training

Prevention Management Organization of Wyoming
Casper, WY
August 2016

Making the Case for Working with Diverse Population Face-to-Face Training

Minnesota Department of Human Services
Minneapolis, MN

Trauma-Informed Communities Learning Series: The Connection Between Substance Abuse and Trauma Virtual Trainings

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
Lansing, MI
September 2014