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 involves patient-centric studies (i.e., pregnancy registries, patient registries), studies employing secondary data sources (i.e., national databases and electronic records) and other post-marketing safety studies such as 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 FDA on various aspects of designing and conducting registries. She has over 50 publications in the scientific literature and hundreds of presentations at professional conferences, including papers on best practices for conducting observational studies and registries. She serves as a reviewer for several scientific journals and professional societies and was also invited to write case studies and chapters 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.