Debbie L Humphries PhD, MPH

Clinical Instructor in Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases)

Research Interests

Hookworm infection; nutrition and susceptibility to infection; food security; practice based community health research; community research capacity

Current Projects

Relationship between hookworm infection, response to treatment, and nutritional status in school children in Ghana; measures of research capacity for community based organizations; impact of public health resource sharing on service cost and quality in Connecticut and Massachusetts

Extensive Research Description

Dr. Humphries has a broad background in public health practice. She has consulting expertise in the areas of diet and physical activity behavior change, sustainability of community health programs, program monitoring and evaluation, and training in participatory monitoring and evaluation.

Dr. Humphries has research experience in relationships between nutritional deficiencies and infectious disease in resource-poor environments. She is interested in interdisciplinary research on nutrition, immune function, and disease.

Engaging with students in the classroom, on theses and internships provides Dr. Humphries with valuable insights and the opportunity to investigate different perspectives and approaches. She has supported students in conducting research in topics as varied as mapping access to health centers in Burkina Faso, developing a game for teaching communities about malaria transmission, mapping access to food and cigarettes in Almaty, Kazakhstan, and policy approaches to reducing the diabetes impact in India. She enjoys experimenting in the classroom with pedagogical methods that combine academic concepts with practical experience.

Selected Publications

  • Smith, L., Conroy, K., Hongmei, W., Rui, L., Humphries, D. (2013) Portion size variably affects food intake of 6-year-old and 4-year-old children in Kunming, China. Appetite 69:31-8. PMID: 23702260
  • Humphries, D., Simms, B., Davey, D., Otchere, J., Quagraine, J., Terryah, S., Newton, S., Berg, E., Harrison, L., Boakye, D., Wilson, M., Cappello, M. (2013) Hookworm infection among school age children in Kintampo North Municipality, Ghana: Nutritional risk factors and response to albendazole treatment. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 89(3):540-8. PMID: 23836564
  • Humphries, D., J. Behrman, B. Crookston, K Dearden, W. Schott, M. Penny. 2014. Households Across All Income Quintiles, Especially the Poorest, Increased Animal Source Food Expenditures Substantially During Recent Peruvian Economic Growth. PLoS One.
  • Kotze, A.C., Dobson R.J., Humphries D.L., Wilson M., Cappello, M. (2014) Application of a Poisson distribution quality control measure to the analysis of two human hookworm drug treatment studies in Ghana. International Journal of Parasitology: Drugs and Drug Resistance [available online 30 January 2014].
  • Stefani, M., Humphries, D. (2014) Boundary Development in the Field of International Nutrition Science. Advances in Nutrition 5:193-198.
  • Humphries D, Carroll-Scott A, Mitchell L, Tian T, Choudhury S, Fiellin DA. (2014) Assessing research activity and capacity of community-based organizations: Development and pilot testing of an instrument. Prog Community Health Partnersh 8(4). [Available online before publication]
  • Stefani, M., Humphries, D. (2013) Exploring culture in the world of international nutrition and nutrition sciences. Advances in Nutrition 4(5):536-8. PMCID: PMC3771141 [Available on 2014/9/1]
  • Humphries, D., et al., Epidemiology of hookworm infection in Kintampo North Municipality, Ghana: patterns of malaria coinfection, anemia, and albendazole treatment failure. Am J Trop Med Hyg, 2011. 84(5): p. 792-800.
  • Humphries D, Gomez L, Hartwig K, 2010. Sustainability of NGO capacity building in southern Africa: successes and opportunities. Int J Health Plann Manage (e-pub ahead of print).
  • Hartwig, K., Humphries, D., and Matebeni, Z. (2008) Building Capacity for AIDS NGOs in Southern Africa: Evaluation of a Pilot Initiative. Health Promotion International 23:251-259. PMID: 18407925


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