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Deborah T Gold, PhD

Deborah  T Gold, PhDDeborah  T Gold, PhD

National Osteoporosis Foundation

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Deborah T. Gold, PhD, is associate professor of medical sociology in the departments of psychiatry & behavioral sciences, sociology, and psychology & neuroscience, and senior fellow in the Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development at Duke University Medical Center. She also directs the Postdoctoral Research Training Program in Aging and several undergraduate programs at Duke. She received her PhD in human development and social policy from Northwestern University in 1986. After completing a postdoctoral fellowship in medical sociology and aging at the Duke Aging Center in 1988, she joined the Duke faculty. Her research interests include quality of life in chronically ill older adults, the psychosocial impact of postmenopausal osteoporosis, compliance and persistence with medical therapies, and the development of patient education and self-management programs.Gold is a member of the Board of Trustees of the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) and serves as chairwoman of its Education Committee. She has co-chaired NOF's 2005, 2007, and 2009 International Symposia on Osteoporosis and is chairwoman of the 2010 joint NOF/ISCD meeting. She was a founding member of the Governor's Task Force on Osteoporosis for the State of North Carolina and of the North Carolina Osteoporosis Foundation, and a coordinating author on the Surgeon General's Report on Osteoporosis and Bone Health in 2004. A fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, she has chaired both its Membership Committee and its Research, Education, and Practice Committee and was vice-president of the Behavioral and Social Sciences section. She also is an active member of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research and of the American Sociological Association's section on Aging and the Life Course. Gold's research has focused on the psychosocial consequences of chronic illnesses in late life, with the majority of her research focused on osteoporosis. She also has studied Paget's disease of bone, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, chronic pain, and cancer. More recently, she has been investigating issues of compliance with medication and its outcomes in osteoporosis. She has published more than 100 journal articles, books, and book chapters, with many focused on osteoporosis.

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National Osteoporosis Foundation


Organization Affiliations:
  • National Osteoporosis Foundation
  • Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development, Duke University Medical Center
  • Board of Trustees of the National Osteoporosis Foundation
  • Governor's Task Force on Osteoporosis for the State of North Carolina

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