Deborah provides leadership and strategic direction on registries and observational studies. She is also part-time faculty in the clinical research department at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington. Deborah offers more than 30 years of clinical research experience in epidemiology, observational studies, and registries. Her primary focus includes pregnancy registries and other patient-centric studies, studies employing secondary data sources (i.e., national databases and electronic records) and other post-marketing safety studies such as lactation studies and Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies (REMS). She received her doctorate in public health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Deborah has served as a consultant to the World Health Organization and the FDA on various aspects of designing and conducting pregnancy-related studies. She has over 50 publications in the scientific literature and hundreds of presentations at professional conferences, including papers on best practices for conducting pregnancy registries, patient-centric studies, and lactation studies. She was invited to write chapters on pregnancy registries for Registries for Evaluating Patient Outcomes: A User’s Guide commissioned by the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) as well as a noted textbook on pharmacoepidemiology. She serves as a reviewer for several scientific journals and professional societies. Deborah is a Fellow of the International Society for Pharmacoepidemiology and currently serves as the Chair of the Medications in Pregnancy and Lactation Special Interest Group within ISPE.