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., et al. “Group treatment improves trunk strength and psychological status in older women with vertebral fractures: results of a randomized, clinical trial.J Am Geriatr Soc, vol. 52, no. 9, Sept. 2004, pp. 1471–78. Pubmed, doi:10.1111/j.1532-5415.2004.52409.x. Full Text

Gold, Deborah T., and Stuart L. Silverman. “Osteoporosis self-management: Choices For Better Bone Health.South Med J, vol. 97, no. 6, June 2004, pp. 551–54. Pubmed, doi:10.1097/00007611-200406000-00007. Full Text

Benjamins, Maureen Reindl, et al. “Age-related declines in activity level: the relationship between chronic illness and religious activities.J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci, vol. 58, no. 6, Nov. 2003, pp. S377–85. Pubmed, doi:10.1093/geronb/58.6.s377. Full Text

Blazer, Dan G., et al. “APOE epsilon4 as a predictor of subjective quality of life in a biracial older person community sample.J Aging Health, vol. 15, no. 4, Nov. 2003, pp. 645–60. Pubmed, doi:10.1177/0898264303256216. Full Text

Gold, Deborah T. “Osteoporosis and quality of life psychosocial outcomes and interventions for individual patients.Clin Geriatr Med, vol. 19, no. 2, May 2003, pp. 271–vi. Pubmed, doi:10.1016/s0749-0690(02)00077-0. Full Text

Foley, K. L., et al. “Staff perceptions of successful management of severe behavioral problems in dementia special care units.” Dementia, vol. 2, no. 1, Jan. 2003, pp. 105–24. Scopus, doi:10.1177/1471301203002001998. Full Text

Bonner, Francis J., et al. “Health professional's guide to rehabilitation of the patient with osteoporosis.Osteoporos Int, vol. 14 Suppl 2, 2003, pp. S1-22. Pubmed, doi:10.1007/s00198-002-1308-9. Full Text

Roberto, Karen A., and Deborah T. Gold. “Chronic pain in later life women: issues and challenges from the research literature.J Am Med Womens Assoc (1972), vol. 57, no. 2, 2002, pp. 97–99.

Mendes de Leon, C. F., et al. “Disability as a function of social networks and support in elderly African Americans and Whites: the Duke EPESE 1986--1992.J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci, vol. 56, no. 3, May 2001, pp. S179–90. Pubmed, doi:10.1093/geronb/56.3.s179. Full Text

Gold, D. T. “The nonskeletal consequences of osteoporotic fractures. Psychologic and social outcomes.Rheum Dis Clin North Am, vol. 27, no. 1, Feb. 2001, pp. 255–62. Pubmed, doi:10.1016/s0889-857x(05)70197-6. Full Text