Debbie Humphries, PhD, MPH

  • Instructor of Public Health Practice (Microbial Diseases)

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 Community Health Program Planning 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 Core for the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS 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.

Research interests
Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome; Developing Countries; Ghana; HIV; Hookworm Infections; Malaria; Parasitology; Public Health; Vietnam; Global Health; Nutrition Policy
Research summary

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.

Education
  • PhD, Cornell University, 1996
  • MPH, University of Michigan/Ann Arbor, 1992
Publications
International activities
  • AIDS Project New Haven
    United States (2013-Present)
    Serve as a board member and on the program committee of the board.

  • New Haven Farms Fresh Produce Prescription Program
    United States (2012-Present)
    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.

  • Field research on parasitology and nutritional status
    Ghana (2010-Present)
    interested in measures of nutritional status in resource poor settings

  • Supervision of Student Research
    Uganda (2010-Present)

  • Supervision of Student Research
    South Africa (2010-Present)

  • Supervision of Student Research
    Kunming, China (2010-2013)

  • Monitoring and Evaluation of Secure the Future
    Gaborone, Botswana, Maseru, Lesotho, Windhoek, Namibia, Mbabane, Swaziland, Johannesburg, 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

Current projects

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.

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