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Debbie Humphries

Assistant Professor of Public Health; Affiliated Faculty, Yale Institute for Global Health

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Debbie Humphries, PhD, MPH, MA

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Dr. Humphries has a broad background in public health research and practice. She has been a consultant 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 for organizations in Vietnam, Africa and in the United States. She has extended that reach through her Practice-based Community Health Research course which places student groups with agencies in the State of Connecticut to plan and evaluate programs. Sample projects include: Determining the Best Time to Implement Routine HIV Testing in Jails; Barriers to Accessing Health Care and Health Needs of Undocumented Immigrants; Evaluation of HIV/AIDS prevention, testing and care in Connecticut Correctional Facilities; and Strategies to Reduce Low Birth Weight in New Haven: An Evaluation of the Outreach Strategy of the New Haven Maternal and Child Health Department. Humphries is also a member of the Community Research Engagement steering committee at Yale.

Dr. Humphries’ research addresses interactions between nutrition and infectious disease, as well as programmatic approaches to improving public health. This work has taken her to Asia and Africa where she has studied environmental factors and intestinal helminth infections and their relationship to anemia as well as effectiveness of intervention programs. She is currently collaborating on a longitudinal study to characterize parasite and host factors affecting response to deworming in Ghana.

Education & Training

  • MA
    Hartford Seminary, Transformative Leadership and Spirituality (2021)
  • PhD
    Cornell University (1996)
  • MPH
    University of Michigan/Ann Arbor (1992)


  • AIDS Project New Haven
    United States 2013
    Serve as a board member and on the program committee of the board.
  • New Haven Farms Fresh Produce Prescription Program
    United States 2012
    Co-principal investigator on an urban-farm based intervention to investigate the effects of fresh produce on fruit and vegetable intake and diabetes risk factors.
  • Supervision of Student Research
    Kunming, Yunnan, China (2010-2013)
    Supervision of Student Research
  • Field research on parasitology and nutritional status
    Ghana 2010
    interested in measures of nutritional status in resource poor settings
  • Supervision of Student Research
    Uganda 2010
    Supervision of Student Research
  • Supervision of Student Research
    South Africa 2010
    Supervision of Student Research
  • Monitoring and Evaluation of Secure the Future
    Gaborone, South-East District, Botswana; Maseru, Maseru, Lesotho; Windhoek, Khomas Region, Namibia; Mbabane, Hhohho Region, Swaziland; Johannesburg, GP, South Africa (2004-2007)
    Secure the Future is an initiative of the Bristol-Myers Squibb Company to strengthen the capacity of African countries to deal effectively with the HIV pandemic. The Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS at Yale has established a Monitoring and Evaluation Unit (MEU) for the BMS/STF initiative. Institution: Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Hartranft AwardHartford Seminary2021
C.E.A. Winslow AwardConnecticut Public Health Association2016

Professional Service

YSPH Sustainability CommitteeCommittee Member2017 - Present
American Society for Nutrition - Global Nutrition CouncilSecretary for the global nutrition council governing committee.2016 - Present
YSPH Practicum Advisory CommitteeCommittee Member2009 - Present

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