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Deborah is based in the department of Primary Care and Public Health at Brighton and Sussex Medical School. Deborah’s research focuses on primary and community care, health inequalities and ethnic minority groups. She has worked on a range of health topics including breast cancer, capacity building of community health workers, mental health, antimicrobial resistance and stewardship, and non-communicable diseases in general.
Prior to her current position, she worked as a Research Assistant at Nottingham Trent University on 14 national and international projects. All of these, she did alongside her PhD fully funded through the NTU VC Scholarship scheme. Deborah’s PhD entitled ‘Examining how to strengthen the primary health care capacity for early breast cancer detection in Uganda: A socioecological approach’ utilised mixed-methods and developed context-appropriate interventions to promote early breast cancer detection.
Deborah has received prestigious awards from the Sociologists for Women in Society, Foundation for the Sociology of Health and Illness for her research on breast cancer. In 2020, she co-authored a piece of written evidence submitted to the UK Parliament in response to the 2020 Sub-Saharan Africa inquiry. Deborah has also contributed to a WHO Technical Guidance Document entitled ‘Guide to Cancer Early Diagnosis’ published in 2017. In 2015, she completed an internship at the Quality and Universal Health Coverage unit of the WHO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.
Deborah has an MSc in Sustainable Planning and Environmental Management from the University of Hertfordshire and an MA and PhD in Public Health from Nottingham Trent University.