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Debra Kreisberg, PhD

Senior Clinical Instructor

Debra Kreisberg

Debra Kreisberg specializes in system and institute development and management, focusing on at-risk populations and Public Health Disaster Preparedness. She has 25 years of experience working with vulnerable populations due to disasters and humanitarian crisis. She is experienced in working with varied partners such as hospitals, health departments, all levels of government and nonprofit service organizations to develop collaborations around standards, service competencies for vulnerable populations, enhanced service access, culturally appropriate assessment and intake tools, and evaluation and measurement tools in healthcare access, quality of care, and quality of life issues. Currently, she is the Director for the Certificate in Public Health Disaster Preparedness and Response at the University of Colorado School of Public Health.

Research Interests
  • . Body-Mind training techniques for applied learning in Emergency Response
  • Mitigation strategies for reoccurring disasters in developing countries
  • Wildfire preparedness in the Himalayan region of North India
Key Publications

Debra Kreisberg, Deborah S.K. Thomas, Morgan Valley, Shannon Newell, Enessa Janes and Charles Little (2016). Vulnerable Populations in Hospital and Health Care Emergency Preparedness Planning: A Comprehensive Framework for Inclusion. Prehospital and Disaster Medicine, 31, pp 211-219.

Courses Taught
  • EHOH 6622 Introduction to Domestic Public Health Preparedness
  • EHOH 6626 Public Health Emergency & Disaster Responder
  • PhD International Studies, University of Denver, 2002
  • MA Public Policy, University of Denver 1990
  • AAS Emergency Management, Red Rocks 2006
Honors and Awards
  • Dean’s Recognition Apple for Teachers, School of Pharmacy, University of California, San Francisco, 2008, 2009
  • M. Donald Whorton Writing Award, Center for Occupational and Environmental Health, 2013
  • International Journal of Epidemiology Photoessay Competition. Runner-up. 2015.
  • Delta Omega National Honorary Society in Public Health, Inducted 2017

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