Paulette Southerly is a Program Director and Peer Support Specialist at the Northern West Virginia Center for Independent Living. Paulette works with individuals with disabilities to promote wellness, independence, and consumer choice, as well as educating individuals, legislators, and businesses to create accommodating, inclusive communities. Having worked in a clinical neuropsychological setting in the past, she is also aware of potential barriers to accessing healthcare in general and mental healthcare in particular. Like Theodore Roosevelt, Paulette believes that “[f]ar and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.”
Paulette is a graduate of the CCAR Recovery Coach Academy, a certified Mental Health First Aid provider, a trained motivational interviewer, and a graduate of the Our Lives: Safe and Strong Program Leadership Training through The Regional Research Institute, School of Social Work at Portland State University. She is a member of Monongalia County's Sexual Assault Response Team, the National Council for Independent Living, the Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness Advisory Council, and the National Council for Independent Living's Mental Health subcommittee. She has received additional training in the areas of suicide prevention, sexual assault, trauma informed care, traumatic brain injury, and peer support.
Paulette graduated magna cum laude from West Virginia University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and minors in English and Communication Studies; upon graduation she was elected into the Phi Beta Kappa Society.