Deborah List, M.A., MPH, Ph.D.

Deborah List
Director, Bachelor of Science in Public Health

Department of Population Health and Leadership
School of Health Sciences

Ph.D., Maternal and Child Health, Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health
MPH, Public Management and Community Health, Harvard School of Public Health
M.A., Health Education, Teachers College, Columbia University
AB (Honors), Psychology and Community Health, Brown University

About Deborah

Deborah G. List has worked in public health in hospital, government, advocacy and research settings around access and quality of care issues for children with disabilities for over 25 years. She received her undergraduate degree with Honors from Brown University and has a MA in health education from Teachers College, Columbia University. She also holds an MPH in public management and community health from Harvard School of Public Health. In 2001, she completed her PhD at Johns Hopkins University where she researched the impact of maternal stress on the health service use of children with chronic illnesses. Following her degree completion, she served as a policy director at the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene in child preventative health services and school health.

Dr. List has held teaching and student advising positions at Hunter College, UConn Stamford, Sacred Heart University, Fairfield University and University of New Haven. She lectures across a broad range of policy and population health topics, but her areas of greatest interest are social justice, health equity and accessibility. Dr. List is particularly interested in student mental health and accessibility needs and she has served on the Provost’s Student Success Committee at Sacred Heart University, was the Co-Chair of the Accessibility Task at Fairfield University and currently sits on the Accessibility Committee at the University of New Haven.

Additionally, Dr. List has consulted to various organizations on public health policy and program development for vulnerable children and families in CT and the mid-Atlantic, including the CT Office of the Child Advocate and the NY Academy of Medicine.

More recently Dr. List has worked with clinical colleagues at the Egan School at Fairfield University as Co-PI on a CDC/AACN Public/Population Learning HUB Grant to explore holistic food access in CT, and then transitioned this work to Fairfield County Food Pantry Collaborative Research Project at the Center for Social Impact in 2020 to examine the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on food access in CT.

Additionally, Dr. List is actively involved in several community organizations. She served as the chair of Wilton Social Services Commission and is on the advisory board of the Kanarek Center for Palliative and Supportive Nursing Care Education at Fairfield University and the board of the Wilton Youth Council. She also served on the Wilton Public Schools COVID 19 Re-Entry Committee and the Racial Equity and Inclusion Policy Planning Group. Dr. List has been a volunteer for the Make A Wish Foundation for over 30 years.

Dr. List is a member of the CT Public Health Association, the American Public Health Association and Delta Omega.