Tia Dole, PhD, is the chief 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline officer at Vibrant Emotional Health. Dr. Dole is a licensed clinical psychologist and a long-time advocate for the rights of those with intersectional identities. Prior to stepping into her current role, Dr. Dole was the executive director of the Steve Fund, the nation’s only organization focused on the mental health and emotional well-being of young people of color. Dr. Dole was also the chief clinical operations officer at The Trevor Project, the world’s largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ youth. Dr. Dole oversaw all of The Trevor Project’s crisis services programs as well as their volunteer community and increased their impact by a factor of four.
After completing a bachelor’s degree at Carleton College, Dr. Dole earned a master’s degree in developmental psychopathology from Teacher’s College, Columbia University, and received a Fulbright Fellowship to study forensic psychology in Switzerland. She then completed a doctorate in clinical psychology at Fordham University. Dr. Dole is a published author and sits on several committees. Her passions include normalizing mental health conditions in communities of color and LGBTQ communities and helping people get access to services. She is based in New York and New Jersey.