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, D. T., and K. A. Roberto. “Correlates and consequences of chronic pain in older adults.Geriatr Nurs, vol. 21, no. 5, Sept. 2000, pp. 270–73. Pubmed, doi:10.1067/mgn.2000.110838. Full Text

Hegarty, V., et al. “Racial differences in use of cancer prevention services among older Americans.J Am Geriatr Soc, vol. 48, no. 7, July 2000, pp. 735–40. Pubmed, doi:10.1111/j.1532-5415.2000.tb04746.x. Full Text

Blalock, S. J., et al. “Effects of educational materials concerning osteoporosis on women's knowledge, beliefs, and behavior.Am J Health Promot, vol. 14, no. 3, Jan. 2000, pp. 161–69. Pubmed, doi:10.4278/0890-1171-14.3.161. Full Text

Shipp, K. M., et al. “Timed loaded standing: a measure of combined trunk and arm endurance suitable for people with vertebral osteoporosis.Osteoporos Int, vol. 11, no. 11, 2000, pp. 914–22. Pubmed, doi:10.1007/s001980070029. Full Text

Gold, D. T., et al. “Factors associated with self-rated health in patients with Paget's disease of bone.J Bone Miner Res, vol. 14 Suppl 2, Oct. 1999, pp. 99–102. Pubmed, doi:10.1002/jbmr.5650140221. Full Text

Purser, J. L., et al. “Spinal deformity and mobility self-confidence among women with osteoporosis and vertebral fractures.Aging (Milano), vol. 11, no. 4, Aug. 1999, pp. 235–45. Pubmed, doi:10.1007/BF03339664. Full Text

Bohannon, A. D., et al. “Association of race and other potential risk factors with nonvertebral fractures in community-dwelling elderly women.Am J Epidemiol, vol. 149, no. 11, June 1999, pp. 1002–09. Pubmed, doi:10.1093/oxfordjournals.aje.a009744. Full Text

Purser, J. L., et al. “Reliability of physical performance tests in four different randomized clinical trials.Arch Phys Med Rehabil, vol. 80, no. 5, May 1999, pp. 557–61. Pubmed, doi:10.1016/s0003-9993(99)90199-5. Full Text

Koplas, P. A., et al. “Quality of life and Parkinson's disease.J Gerontol a Biol Sci Med Sci, vol. 54, no. 4, Apr. 1999, pp. M197–202. Pubmed, doi:10.1093/gerona/54.4.m197. Full Text

Bohannon, A. D., et al. “Relationship between race and other potential risk factors and nonvertebral fractures in community-dwelling elderly women.” American Journal of Epidemiology, vol. 149, 1999, pp. 1002–09.