Deborah T. Gold

Deborah T. Gold

Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

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

Overview

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

Reynolds, Kristi, et al. “Psychometric properties of the Osteoporosis-specific Morisky Medication Adherence Scale in postmenopausal women with osteoporosis newly treated with bisphosphonates..” Ann Pharmacother, vol. 46, no. 5, May 2012, pp. 659–70. Pubmed, doi:10.1345/aph.1Q652. Full Text

Calderon, Andrew, et al. “RELATIVE IMPORTANCE OF ATTRIBUTES THAT INFLUENCE OSTEOPOROSIS DECISION-MAKING IN CAUCASIAN AND AFRICAN AMERICAN POSTMENOPAUSAL WOMEN.” Osteoporosis International, vol. 23, SPRINGER LONDON LTD, Apr. 2012, pp. S458–S458.

Solimeo, S. L., et al. “Measuring health-related quality of life (HRQOL) in osteoporotic males using the Male OPAQ..” Osteoporos Int, vol. 23, no. 3, Mar. 2012, pp. 841–52. Pubmed, doi:10.1007/s00198-011-1625-y. Full Text

Gold, D. T. Late-life death and dying in 21st-century america. Dec. 2011, pp. 235–47. Scopus, doi:10.1016/B978-0-12-380880-6.00017-4. Full Text

Gold, Deborah T., et al. “Development, reliability, and validity of a new Preference and Satisfaction Questionnaire..” Value Health, vol. 14, no. 8, Dec. 2011, pp. 1109–16. Pubmed, doi:10.1016/j.jval.2011.06.010. Full Text

Solimeo, Samantha L., et al. “Older men's explanatory model for osteoporosis..” Gerontologist, vol. 51, no. 4, Aug. 2011, pp. 530–39. Pubmed, doi:10.1093/geront/gnq123. Full Text

Smith, Grant M., et al. “Growing up with sickle cell disease: a pilot study of a transition program for adolescents with sickle cell disease..” J Pediatr Hematol Oncol, vol. 33, no. 5, July 2011, pp. 379–82. Pubmed, doi:10.1097/MPH.0b013e318211bb2e. Full Text

Silverman, Stuart L., and Deborah T. Gold. “SELF EFFICACY ACROSS BONE HEALTH BEHAVIORS IS NOT CONSISTENT.” Osteoporosis International, vol. 22, SPRINGER LONDON LTD, May 2011, pp. S437–S437.

Gold, Deborah T. “Understanding patient compliance and persistence with osteoporosis therapy..” Drugs Aging, vol. 28, no. 4, Apr. 2011, pp. 249–55. Pubmed, doi:10.2165/11586880-000000000-00000. Full Text

Silverman, Stuart L., and Deborah T. Gold. “Healthy users, healthy adherers, and healthy behaviors?.” J Bone Miner Res, vol. 26, no. 4, Apr. 2011, pp. 681–82. Pubmed, doi:10.1002/jbmr.384. Full Text

Pages