Marlon: Full Circle

Mental Health Professional

Marlon has has worked in the field of mental health for over 15 years. His work experience is in Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA), Therapeutic Behavioral Services (TBS) and family crisis Interventions and conflict resolution. Mr. Duarte’s primary focus has been working with children and adolescents with learning disabilities, severe emotional disorders (SED) undergoing adoption and foster placement. Marlon has been a bilingual behaviorist and mentor at UCLA -  TIES for Families. He has also been a supervisor and trainer for the Institute for Applied Behavior Analysis, working in Intensive Support Services. He is a CHI Spanish certified healthcare interpreter ™ and currently, he is the manager of the Diversity Services department at Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA).

Cinematographer/Digital Media

In 2001, Marlon Duarte founded Psyched-Up Creative Media, a Los Angeles-based digital media production company. As the owner and founder, Marlon’s passion for producing short films, multi-media/training presentations and web development projects has led him to study cinematography at UCLA Extension. By day, Marlon works for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles as a supervisor for the University Center for Excellence in Development Disabilities. On his free time, his talents are devoted to being a documentarian and digital media producer. Marlon feels fortunate to have worked with Hidden Beach Records, Starbucks Entertainment/Hear Music, UCLA, The Las Vegas Connection, Los Angles County Department of Children and Family Services, The Odyssey Theatre Ensemble, and El Centro de Amistad, to name a few.

Triathlon Coach

Marlon is certified USAT (level 1) and USMS (level 2) coach. Currently,  he the team captain and head coach for the Children's Hospital Los Angeles triathlon team. He has completed in 3 Ironman 70.3, competed in Ironman Coeur d'Alene, & completed 4 marathons (PR 3:44:03). Coach proudly served in the U.S. Navy as a Search and Rescue Swimmer. He also is a black-belt Shao-Lin Kung Fu, and teaches Tai Chi Chuan.


Coach Marlon works with athletes in every aspect of their fitness goals, specializes in personalized endurance training programs, offers private ocean swim instruction, as well as, running, cycling, private triathlon/multi-sport coaching, personal training, motivational coaching, Tai Chi Chuan/meditation.

Martial Artist

Marlon has been studying Kung Fu and Tai Chi Chuan for over 20 years. He has studied under Grand Master Sin Kwan Thé, Master Brian Devore (6th° Black Belt), Master Jason Carr (5th° Black Belt) and Master Hu Jianqiang (former all-around Chinese national wushu champion).


Marlon currently teaches Tai Chi Chuan to faculty and staff at Children's Hospital Los Angeles.

U.S. Navy Veteran

Marlon served in the U.S. Navy, during Gulf War I, as a Search and Rescue Swimmer and earned the designation of Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist onboard the USS Ogden LPD-5. He was awarded a "Joint Meritorious Unit Award" for his participation in the United Nations evacuation of Somalia (1995).