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Deborah T. Gold, Research Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience and Sociology and Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Senior Fellow of Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development

Deborah T. Gold
Contact Info:
Office Location:  1507 Busse Bldg, Durham, NC 27710
Office Phone:  (919) 660-7530
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Teaching (Summer1 2020):

  • Ls 780.57, Selected topics Synopsis
    Online on, M 06:00 PM-09:00 PM

Ph.D.Northwestern University1986
Ph.D.Northwestern University2000
M.EdNational College of Education1979
B.A., English and LatinUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign1973
Research Interests:

Dr. Gold's research focuses on the psychosocial consequences of chronic illness in late life. In particular, she has studies the impact of an exercise and psychosocial intervention on women with osteoporosis living in retirement communities as well as the impact of chronic pain on community-dwelling older women with osteoporosis. She has also looked at issues of quality of life in Paget's disease of bone, Parkinson's disease, syncope, and cancer. In addition, Dr. Gold has also investigated the sibling relationships of older adults and how those relations change across the life course. She is particularly interested in race and gender differences in older sibling dyads. Dr. Gold also heads the Data Processing Team of the Duke longitudinal study entitled Established Populations for Epidemiologic Studies of the Elderly (EPESE).

Areas of Interest:

Aging/Social Gerontology,
Medical Sociology,
Mental Health

Representative Publications   (More Publications)   (search)

  1. Gold, D.T., Stegmaier, K., Bales, C.W., Lyles, K.W., Westlund, R.E., & Drezner, M.K. (1993). Psychosocial functioning and osteoporosis in late life: Results of a multidisciplinary intervention. Journal of Women's Health, 2, 149-155..
  2. Gold, D.T., Woodbury, M.A., & George, L.K. (1990). Relationship classification using Grade of Membership (GOM) analysis: A typology of sibling relationships in later life. Journal of Gerontology, 45, S43-S51..

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