Marlon Rollins, PhD

“The stigma surrounding help-seeking for mental problems hinders people from getting support. This stigma is even greater for those struggling with addiction. Providing quality, compassionate and nonjudgmental care is key to revolutionizing the recovery experience for those who need treatment.”


Marlon Rollins is the Chief Executive Officer of Laguna Treatment Hospital. He is a seasoned professional with more than 15 years of experience in behavioral healthcare, including operational management across clinical and non-clinical departments. An advocate for those struggling with mental health issues, Rollins has dedicated his efforts to organizations and initiatives aimed at improving the health and well-being of diverse communities.

Prior to joining American Addiction Centers (AAC), Rollins served as interim CEO at a 148-bed hospital in the Bay Area and COO at a 171-bed facility in Sacramento, California, for Universal Health Services. There, he provided leadership and oversaw operations of the two largest free-standing psychiatric facilities in the state of California. The care continuum included a PHP, IOP and Chemical Dependency IOP for both adults and adolescents. Before his work in California, Rollins held a leadership role at a large integrated healthcare system in the state of Indiana where he had the opportunity to testify before legislators on expanding crisis and addiction services. He also provided training to the Indiana School Counselors Association and school nurses on self-injury.

Rollins is passionate about reducing the stigma of mental illness and addiction and shares his knowledge and personal experience — including the loss of his sister to suicide who was a registered nurse — on various media platforms. In addition, he is a member of the Steering Committee for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-TALK) and the California Hospital Association. His expertise also earned him the Human Achievement award from the Center of Leadership Development, Inc.

He is also a published author. Rollins’ quantitative and qualitative research has been featured in the Journal for Gifted Studies and Roeper Review, and he was a contributor for the Handbook of Multicultural Counseling. For five years, he also served as the coordinator of counseling services and an AP Psychology instructor at the Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics and Humanities – a 300-capacity residential school for gifted students.

Rollins is an ordained minister and was an associate pastor for eight years in Indiana. His research interests include advanced crisis systems, outcome assessment, suicide prevention and multicultural counseling.

Credentials & Education

  • PhD in Educational Psychology with a speciality in gifted studies
  • Masters degree in Counseling Psychology from Ball State University
  • Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC)

Career Highlights

  • Presented at the International Zero Suicide Summit in 2018
  • Presented at the National Behavioral Health Conference in 2015 on True Integration of Behavioral Health Services in Primary Care

Professional Associations

  • Member of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Steering Committee
  • Member of the American Association of Suicidology


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