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

Gold, Deborah T., and Stuart Silverman. “Review of adherence to medications for the treatment of osteoporosis.Curr Osteoporos Rep, vol. 4, no. 1, Mar. 2006, pp. 21–27. Pubmed, doi:10.1007/s11914-006-0011-8. Full Text

Gold, D. T. “Introduction to osteoporosis: From pathogenesis to prevention and treatment strategies.” American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, vol. 194, no. 2 SUPPL., Jan. 2006. Scopus, doi:10.1016/j.ajog.2005.08.046. Full Text

Miller, Paul D., et al. “Rationale, objectives and design of the Direct Analysis of Nonvertebral Fracture in the Community Experience (DANCE) study.Osteoporos Int, vol. 17, no. 1, Jan. 2006, pp. 85–90. Pubmed, doi:10.1007/s00198-005-1915-3. Full Text

Gold, Deborah T. “Elevated calcium requirements for women and unique approaches to improving calcium adherence.J Reprod Med, vol. 50, no. 11 Suppl, Nov. 2005, pp. 891–95.

Brunton, Stephen, et al. “Vertebral compression fractures in primary care: recommendations from a consensus panel.J Fam Pract, vol. 54, no. 9, Sept. 2005, pp. 781–88.

Gold, D. T. “Profile in gerontology. Linda K. George, Ph.D.: The subjective side of aging.” Contemporary Gerontology, 2005.

Gold, D. T., et al. “How can osteoporosis patients get more out of their therapy?American Family Physician, 2005.

Silverman, S. L., and D. T. Gold. “The downward spiral of osteoporosis.” Annals of Internal Medicine, 2005.

Roberto, K. A., et al. “The influence of osteoporosis on the marital relationship of older couples.” Journal of Applied Gerontology, vol. 23, no. 4, Dec. 2004, pp. 443–56. Scopus, doi:10.1177/0733464804270856. Full Text