Deborah T. Gold

Deborah T. Gold

Professor Emeritus in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

External address: 
1507 Busse Bldg, Durham, NC 27710
Internal office address: 
Box 3003 Med Ctr, Durham, NC 27710
(919) 660-7530


My research has centered on the psychosocial consequences of chronic illness for older adults. Although I have studied breast cancer, syncope, head and neck cancer, Parkinson's disease and Paget's disease of bone, my primary interest and focus has been on osteoporosis and its psychological and social impact on those who suffer from it.

In particular, my current research focuses on compliance and persistence with osteoporosis medications. One current study focuses on the impact of race/ethnicity on medication decision making. We are trying to determine the relative weight of cost, convenience, dosing interval, efficacy, and safety in making medication decisions and taking medication on a regular basis as prescribed by a health care provider. I am also on the Steering Committees of two major observational studies with different osteoporosis medications.

Finally, I have worked with voluntary health organizations to translate our research findings into positive real-world outcomes for people with chronic illness. I serve on the Board of Trustees of the National Osteoporosis Foundation and am Chair of its Education Committee. I have also chaired the International Symposium on Osteoporosis (ISO) for the last 8 years.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., Northwestern University 1986

Binstock, R. H., and D. T. Gold. “Home or Institutional Care: Which is Better?Gerontologist, vol. 29, no. 6, Jan. 1989, pp. 840–43. Scopus, doi:10.1093/geront/29.6.840. Full Text

Gold, Deborah T., and Lisa P. Gwyther. “The Prevention of Elder Abuse: An Educational Model.” Family Relations, vol. 38, no. 1, JSTOR, Jan. 1989, pp. 8–8. Crossref, doi:10.2307/583602. Full Text

Gold, D. T. “Sibling relationships in old age: a typology.Int J Aging Hum Dev, vol. 28, no. 1, 1989, pp. 37–51. Pubmed, doi:10.2190/VGYX-BRHN-J51V-0V39. Full Text

Gold, D. T., and L. P. Gwyther. “The prevention of elder abuse: An educational curriculum.” Family Relations, vol. 38, 1989, pp. 5–14.

Gold, D. T. “Siblings in Old Age: Something Special.” Canadian Journal on Aging / La Revue Canadienne Du Vieillissement, vol. 6, no. 3, Jan. 1987, pp. 199–216. Scopus, doi:10.1017/S0714980800008424. Full Text

Dawson, M. P., and J. W. Hollingsworth. “Osteoporosis.J Ky Med Assoc, vol. 71, no. 8, Aug. 1973, pp. 503–06.