Debra Dobbs, Ph.D.

Debra Dobbs, Ph.D.

Description of Research Interests 

Dr. Dobbs has research interests in palliative and hospice care quality and utilization in long term care, advance care planning education among providers of care for frail and chronically ill older adults (e.g., end stage renal disease, older adults with HIV/AIDS, persons with dementia), and health care policy related to Medicaid and Medicare programs.   Dr. Dobbs has been involved since the early 1990s in both qualitative and quantitative research studies related to these topics, with a particular focus on assisted living settings.  


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Honors and Awards

1998 - Dissertation Research Project: Family Satisfaction with Residential Care Provision: Examples from Britain and the United States. Awarded Pearson Fellowship by the Kansas Board of Regents. Award amount - $5,000.00.

2001-2002 - Preparing Future Faculty Fellowship. Awarded by the University of Kansas Graduate School.

2002 - Attendee, National Institute on Aging Technical Assistance Writing Workshop, Boston, MA

Classes Taught

Associate Professor University of South Florida, 2012
GEY 5642: Perspectives of Dying (graduate)
GEY 4641: Death and Dying (undergraduate)
GEY 3625: Sociological Aspects of Aging (graduate)
GEY 4475/5476: Program Evaluation in an Aging Society (undergraduate and graduate)
GEY 6934: Community Services in an Aging Society (graduate)
GEY 4507 Long Term Care Policies and Practices 

Assistant Professor University of South Florida Fall, 2006
Research Methods I
Perspectives of Death and Dying

Adjunct Faculty University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC 2004-2006
Courses: Program Evaluation

Adjunct Faculty Park University Parkville, MO 1994 to 2002
Courses: Introductory to Sociology Family Sociology

Adjunct Faculty Sociology
Baker University Ottawa, KS 1996
Course: Social Change