Dr. Julius Mullen comes to BASSE with over two decades of education experience, executive leadership, non-profit management and behavioral health expertise. A native of Sussex county, Julius brings a unique set of skills, knowledge and background which align perfectly with the fundamental mission of BASSE - proximity. Dr. Mullen has embraced the concept of proximity throughout his professional and personal journey. He has earned a portfolio of credentials and experiences propelling his ability toward getting proximate or closer to solving real challenges impacting so many students and families in Delaware.
Dr. Mullen served as the chief clinical officer for Children & Families First for the last ten years primarily overseeing an array of education services. Julius graduated with an education doctorate in innovation and leadership from Wilmington University; completed executive leadership certification from University of Michigan and Alliance of Strong Families and Communities; managed multi-million dollar education program operations; lead a variety of school-based multi-tier services; taught hundreds of doctorate, master and bachelor level education, psychology and prevention science courses; developed and implemented a grass roots parent driven mentoring program and trained thousands of education professionals, mental health practitioners, community leaders, parents and youth in a variety of topics.
Dr. Mullen values the significance of board governance and education policy as he sits on several state and national boards including the role of interim president for Trauma Matters Delaware, long-term board member for Sussex Child Health Coalition (founding board president), former board member for professional mental health counselor, board member of national Executive Leadership Institute and advisory member of national education policy committee for Social Current.
Complementing his educational leadership expertise, Dr. J is a licensed professional counselor of mental health in Delaware, nationally board-certified counselor and trained in several evidenced based therapeutic interventions. He is also a national expert in trauma informed care/social emotional learning where he conducts keynotes, presentations and seminars at national conferences and events. He also developed and led several organization-wide initiatives at Children & Families First including a Brain Science Training Institute for professional and community disciplines, a professional development program for leaders and a trauma response support team for helping professionals. Most recently, Julius has increased his attention on infusing equity policies and procedures across systems where he co-chaired United Way Racial Justice Collaborative, serves on Populations of Inequities Coalition with Beebe Healthcare and oversees an Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Task Force at Children & Families First. Dr. J and his wife, Natasha wrote two children’s books Just Love Me and I Got A Big Brain highlighting student diversity and youth resilience in schools.