Dr. Debra Newell

Debra Newell, PhD

Professor of Gerontology
Preventative Medicine Specialist
International Experience: Brazil, England, France, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Scotland, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, USA

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Education

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Preventative Medicine and Community Health, Sociomedical Sciences and Health Services Research emphasis, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, TX
  • Master of Science, Gerontology, Baylor University, Waco, TX
  • Graduate courses, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO
  • Bachelor of Science, Human Ecology, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS

Doctoral Dissertation

  • Tamoxifen use, adherence to therapy, and quality of life in older breast cancer patients 

Certificates and Additional Training

  • Certificate in Apostolic Ministry Leadership, Vineyard Leadership Institute, Columbus, OH

Teaching Specializations

  • Geriatric Care
  • Gerontology
  • Social Services and Community Health in Aging
  • Medical Terminology
  • Narrative Medicine
  • Interdisciplinary Family Health 

Academic Experiences

  • Chair, Department of Allied Health, City College, Gainesville, FL
  • Lecturer, College of Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
  • Small Group Faciliatator/instructor, Interdisciplinary Family Health Program, College of Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
  • Instructor, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Department of Continuing Education/Center for Gerontological Studies, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
  • Courtesy Assistant Professor of Medicine, Dept. of Aging and Geriatric Research, College of Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
  • Acting Associate Director for Education and Evaluation, Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center, North Florida-South Georgia Veterans Health System, Malcolm Randall VA Medical Center, Gainesville, FL
  • Courtesy Assistant Professor of Medicine, Dept. of Medicine, College of Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
  • Assistant Professor of Medicine, Dept. of Internal Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX
  • Geriatric Medical Educator, Office of Educational Development, Sealy Center on Aging, School of Medicine, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX
  • Visiting Assistant Professor and Coordinator, Center for Pharmaceutical Care of the Elderly, University of Houston, College of Pharmacy/Clinical Services, Houston, TX
  • Assistant Professor of Research, Department of Health Promotion, School of Allied Health Science, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX
  • Special Programs Coordinator, Texas Consortium of Geriatric Education Centers, Department of Health Promotion, School of Allied Health Science, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX
  • Instructor, College of Pharmacy, University of Houston, Houston, TX
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, Institute for Gerontological Studies, Baylor University, Waco, TX

Research Experiences

  • Principal Investigator, Curriculum Development for a Mandatory 4th Year Geriatrics Clinical Rotation, College of Medicine, University of Florida, 2005.
  • Principal Investigator, Use of Web-based Cases for Teaching and Assessment in a Medical School Curriculum, Longitudinal educational and research project in the UTMB School of Medicine, 2003
  • Co-Investigator, The Patient Story–Narrative Medicine in a Medical School Curriculum, Longitudinal educational and research project in the UTMB School of Medicine, 2002-2003
  • Co-Investigator, The Family Home Visit – Intergenerational Learning, Longitudinal educational and research project in the Practice of Medicine I course, UTMB School of Medicine, 2001-2003
  • Co-Investigator, Enhancing Gerontology and Geriatric Medical Education in Undergraduate Medical Education: Assessment of Students’ Attitude and Knowledge, Longitudinal study in the UTMB School of Medicine, 2001-2003
  • Research Associate and Site Visit Evaluator, Evaluation of the Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) Program, U.S. Department of Education, 2000
  • Research Associate and Site Visit Evaluator, Work Opportunity Tax Credit / Welfare-to-Work Tax Credit (WOTC/WTW) Evaluation, U.S. Department of Labor, 2000
  • Project Coordinator and Research Associate, Administrative and Management Support for the Safe and Drug-Free School Recognition Program, U.S. Department of Education, 1999-2000
  • Research Associate and Project Coordinator, Regional Educational Laboratories Market Analysis Framework and Methodology Project, U.S. Department of Education, 199-2000
  • Research Associate, Interim Evaluation of the Regional Educational Laboratories, U.S. Department of Education, 1998-2000
  • Research Associate, Job Corps Comprehensive Placement Analysis and Restructuring Support, U.S. Department of Labor, 1998-2000
  • Data abstractor and Site Coordinator, Rhone-Poulenc Rorer Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Grant, Disease-Based Audit Study: Prevention of Venous Thromboembolism, Co-PI: Mark Stratton, Pharm,D., FASCP, 1997.
  • Consultant and Project Coordinator, Co-author, Hogg Foundation Grant, “Mental Health: The Long View”, PI: David Chiriboga, Ph.D., 1996
  • Research Assistant, Geriatric Curriculum Survey of Allied Health Department, University of Texas Medical Branch, Sponsored by the Texas Consortium of Geriatric Education Centers, 1995
  • Research Assistant, Integrating Technology-Based Health Promotion Programs in Primary Care Settings, Grant Funded by: Center on Aging, P.I.’s: Mary Anne Sweeney, RN, Ph.D; David A. Chiriboga, Ph.D.; and Catherine Murphy, RN, Ed.D. , 1995
  • Project Coordinator and Grant Co-Author, Center on Aging, Functional Outcomes and Brain Wave Activity in Response to Auditory and Photic Stimulation after Cerebral Vascular Accident, PI: Kurt Mossberg, Ph.D., PT, 1994-1995.

Faith-Based Service & Ministry Experiences 

  • Board of Directors, Christians Concerned for the Community, Gainesville, FL
  • Downtown Outreach Ministry; Grace United Methodist Church, Gainesville, FL
  • Women’s Ministry; Vineyard Christian Fellowship, Gainesville, FL
  • Missions/Outreach Committee; Vineyard Christian Fellowship, Gainesville, FL
  • Greeter ministry; Vineyard Christian Fellowship, Gainesville, FL
  • Vineyard Leadership Team; Vineyard Christian Fellowship, Gainesville, FL
  • Interdenominational Healing Room Team (founding member), Gainesville, FL
  • Interfaith Hospitality Network volunteer, Gainesville, FL
  • Leader/Facilitator: Worship Intercession Team; Vineyard Christian Fellowship, Gainesville, FL
  • Intercession/Prayer; Grace United Methodist Church, Gainesville, FL

Presentations

  • Newell DA and Carlson JC. Web-based Teaching Strategies to Minimize Wrong Attribution of Medication Side-Effects. (Poster) Asia-Pacific Medical Education Conference, January 2016
  • Carlson JC and Newell DA. Web-based Teaching Strategies to Minimize Wrong Attribution of Medication Side-Effects. (Poster) Gerontological Society of America, Chicago, IL. November 2014.
  • Newell, DA, Douglas, J, and Kramer BJ. Geriatric Scholars Program: Web-based Courses in Key Geriatric Topics. (Symposia) Gerontological Society of America, New Orleans, LA, November 2013.
  • Newell, DA, Smylie, K. and Kykundall R. Leadership conference speaker and equipper. Kingdom Inroads First Annual Multi-denominational Leadership Training Conference. Singapore, February 2010.
  • Newell DA, Mintzer MJ, Williams CL, Brown EL, McEntire A, Cheung M and Roos BA. Results of a State-wide Outreach Training to Long-term Care (LTC) Educators. 6th Annual Asian-Pacific Medical Education Conference (APMEC); Singapore, February 2010.
  • Newell, DA. Writing for the Spirit: Daughters of Destiny: Reclaiming Spiritual Identity in a Secular World. April 25, 2009, Gainesville, FL.
  • Newell DA and Stoyen-Rozenzweig N. Teaching Narrative Medicine Within an Existing Medical School Curriculum. 13th International Ottawa Conference on Clinical Competence; Melbourne, Australia, March 2008.
  • Newell DA. Writing for the Spirit: Deepening our Spiritual Relationships. Interactive workshop for New Life Vineyard and Vineyard Singapore. January 2008; Singapore.
  • Newell DA and Stoyen-Rozenzweig N. Teaching Narrative Medicine Within a Medical School Elective. Asian-Pacific Medical Education Conference (APMEC). Short presentation, nominated for Best Oral communication award. January, 2008; Singapore.
  • Newell DA. Co-Ed Writing and Healing Workshop (weekend). Vineyard Christian Fellowship, Gainesville, FL. March, 2007.
  • Newell DA and Spring H. Writing and Healing Seminar Series (7 weeks). Women’s Resource Center; Gainesville, FL. Fall, 2006.
  • Newell DA, Jansen C, Bulik RJ and Beach RE. An Assessment of Interdisciplinary Health Care Teams: Are we accomplishing the goal? Association of Medical Education in Europe (AMEE), Genoa, Italy; September 2006. (Short oral presentation).
  • Newell DA and Burg MA. Gender Issues in Aging and Health. Women’s Healthy Aging: Mid-life and Beyond Symposia. Gainesville, FL; March 24, 2006.
  • Newell DA. Psychosocial Issues in Working with Older Adults. Dental Continuing Education Program; University of Florida College of Dentistry, Gainesville, FL; December 9, 2005.
  • Campbell CS, Meuleman JR, and Newell DA. The GEM Card: A Teaching Tool to Enhance Geriatric Rehabilitation Outcomes in the Frail Elderly. Moderated Roundtable at the 68th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America. Orlando, FL November 18-22, 2005.
  • Newell DA. The Elegance of the Patient Story in Medicine: What can we learn? Interactive lecture for the Narrative Medicine and Reflective Writing Seminar, University of Florida College of Medicine; October 26, 2005.
  • Newell DA. Is Menopause a Medical Condition? Lecture for the Orlando Regional Medical Center healthcare staff, residents and fellows; October 25, 2005.
  • Crews DM, Schenck EK, Campbell CS, Newell DA and Meuleman JR. Home Safety Assessment Utilizing a Video Camera: A Pilot Project. The Florida Occupational Therapy Association Fall Conference at Florida Gulf Coast University, Ft. Myers, FL; October 15/16, 2005.
  • Campbell CS, Newell DA, and Meuleman JR. A Geriatric Evaluation and Management Unit as a Training Site. Poster presentation for the Association of Medical Education in Europe conference, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, September 2004.
  • Newell DA, Campbell CS and Meuleman JR. The effect of an educational intervention on patient care practices and resident knowledge. Poster presentation for the Association of Medical Education in Europe conference, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, September 2004.
  • Bulik RF, Weaver, DB, Hanor J, Newell D and Wulff S. The Patient’s Story: Assessing Student Essays on Personal Experiences in Authentic Environments. Paper presentation for the 11th International Ottowa Conference on Medical Education, Barcelona, Spain; July 2004. Drs. Newell and Wulff, presenters.
  • Newell DA, Freeman JL, Khan S, Freeman DL, Anderson ET and Goodwin JS. Clinical Practice Guidelines and Use of Tamoxifen in Community Practice. Paper presentation at the Gerontological Society of America’s 56th Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA; November 2003.
  • Newell DA, DiNuzzo AR, Amador LF and Frye AW. “Assessment of Student Attitudes and Knowledge about Aging: A Longitudinal Comparison of Medical Student Cohorts.” Poster presentation for the Association of Medical Education in Europe Conference “Relevance in Medical Education,” Bern, Switzerland, August 2003.
  • Newell DA, Amador LR, Raji MA, Rasmussen KA and Beach RE. “Use of web-based cases for teaching and assessment in a medical school curriculum.” Paper presentation for the Association of Medical Education in Europe conference “Relevance in Medical Education,” Bern, Switzerland, August 2003.
  • Newell DA. “Clinical Practice Guidelines and Tamoxifen Use in Community Practice.” Presentation for the Annual Center for Interdisciplinary Women’s Health Research Symposium. Moody Gardens; May 14, 2003; Galveston, TX.
  • Newell DA, Raji MA, Beach RE. “Integration of a Geriatric Content Thread into an Undergraduate Medical School Curriculum: A Methodological Approach.” Paper Presentation at the Southern Group on Educational Affairs Conference, Miami, FL, April 2003.
  • Newell DA, Jansen CW, Dunn-Cruz EM and Beach RE. “Development and Implementation of an Interdisciplinary Family Home Visit Program in a School of Medicine.” Paper Presentation at the 29th Annual Meeting and Educational Leadership Conference of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education, St. Petersburg, FL, March 2003.
  • Newell DA, Freeman JL, Rudkin LR and Goodwin JS. “Factors Associated with Tamoxifen Use and Adherence to Therapy in Older Breast Cancer Patients.” Paper Presentation at the 55th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, Boston, MA, November 2002.
  • Newell DA, Raji MA, Beach RE. “Infusion of Geriatric Content into an Undergraduate Medical School Curriculum: A Successful Process Model.” The Generalists in Medical Education Conference; Investigation and Innovation in Medical Education: Toward Best Practices; San Francisco, CA, November 2002.
  • DiNuzzo AR, Amador LF and Newell DA. “Assessment of Student Attitudes and Knowledge about Aging: A Longitudinal Comparison of Medical Student Cohorts.” Poster Presentation at the UTMB Forum on Aging, Galveston, TX, September 2002.
  • Newell DA, Thompson BL, and Goodwin JS. “Infusion of Geriatric Content into an Undergraduate Medical School Curriculum: A Progress Report.” Poster Presentation at the UTMB Forum on Aging, Galveston, TX, September 2002.
  • Newell DA, Freeman JL, Rudkin LA, Anderson ET, and Goodwin JS. ”Factors Impacting Tamoxifen Use and Adherence in Older Breast Cancer Patients.” Poster presentation at the UTMB Forum on Aging, Galveston, TX, September 2002.
  • Newell DA and Beach RE. “Implementation and Delivery of a Community Learning Experience: The Family Home Visit Program.” Poster Presentation at the UTMB Forum on Aging, Galveston, TX, September 2002.
  • Newell DA, Black SA and Markides KS. “Diabetes Medication: Adherence and Outcomes in Elderly Mexican-Americans.” Poster presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, Chicago, IL, November 2001.
  • Newell DA, Markides, KS, Ray, LA. and Freeman, JL. “Postmenopausal Hormone Replacement Therapy Use by Older Mexican American Women.” Research paper Presented at the annual meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, San Francisco, CA, November 1999.
  • Newell, DA. “Communicating with the Aged and Disabled.” Invited lecture for Pharmacy Practice, University of Houston College of Pharmacy, Houston, TX, October 1998 and November 1999.
  • Newell, DA and Driever, CD. “Geriatric Experientials Enhance Competency in a Pharmacy Curriculum.” Paper presented at the Association of Gerontology in Higher Education Annual Conference, St. Louis, MO, February 1999.
  • Newell, DA. “Postmenopausal HRT Use by Older Mexican American Women.” Poster presented at the Sealy Center on Aging Highlights in Aging Research Symposium and Forum, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, TX, September 1998.
  • Newell, DA. “Psychological Issues in Pharmaceutical Care of the Elderly: Assessment and Case Studies.” Two-part series, guest lecture for Pharmacy and the Geriatric Patient, University of Houston College of Pharmacy, Houston, TX, September 1997 and July 1998.
  • Penrod-Glen J and Newell, DA. “Intimacy and Relationships in the 1990’s” Workshop Presentation at Growing Older and Wiser in Galveston: The Realities of Aging (2nd Annual) Conference, Galveston, TX, October 1995.
  • Chiriboga DA, Haber D, Baldwin L, Newell, DA, Yee, BWK and Black S. “Multidisciplinary Approach to Health Promotion in Aging Adults”. Mountain Central-Texas Occupational Therapy Association Conference, Houston, Texas, October 1995.
  • Chiriboga DA and Newell, DA. “Integrating Survey Findings into Academic Health Center Curricula. Phase I: The Survey.” Research Paper presented at the Association of Gerontology in Higher Education Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA, February 1995.
  • Newell, DA. “Dimensions of Successful Aging: Achieving a Healthy Balance.” Paper presentation to the Galveston County Senior Center Members, Galveston, TX, August 1994.

Publications 

  • Newell, Debra A.; Beatty, Diana; Haskell, Karen; Johnson, Eunice V.; Metcalf, Carolyn K.; Whatley, Amber J.; and Wilson, Melody. (2011). A Strand of Pearls, Debra A. Newell, ed., Smashwords e-book. (pp. 1-144). Copyright 2011.
  • Newell, Debra A.; Beatty, Diana; Haskell, Karen; Johnson, Eunice V.; Metcalf, Carolyn K.; Whatley, Amber J.; and Wilson, Melody. (2008). A Strand of Pearls, Debra A. Newell, ed., A Book Ends Press Publication. (pp. 1-144). Copyright 2007.
  • Borst, S.E., S. Goswami, D.T. Lowenthal and D. Newell (2007). The autonomic nervous system in aging, in The Encyclopedia of Gerontology, J. Birren, ed., Elsevier Press, Oxford. (pp. 129-135).
  • Newell, DA. 2006. Women with Disabilities Aging Well: A Global View. Patricia N. Walsh (Ed). Brookes Publishing, 2004. (Review) In The Journal of Women and Aging; Volume 18, Issue 2, pp. 91-94 (6/12/2006). ISSN: 0895-2841
  • Beach RE, Newell DA and Goodwin JS. The AAMC-Hartford Geriatrics Curriculum Program: Reports from 40 Schools; University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Academic Medicine; July 2004; Vol. 79(7) Suppl., S177-S181.
  • Newell DA, Beach RE, Raji MA and Lieberman SL. “Integrating Geriatric Content into a Medical School Curriculum: Description of a Successful Model.” The Journal of Gerontology and Geriatrics Education; Volume 25(2): 15-32, 2004.
  • Newell DA and Beach RE. “Implementation and Delivery of a Community Learning Experience: The Family Home Visit Program.” The Journal of Intergenerational Relationships; Volume III, Issue 1: 7-26, 2005.
  • Newell DA, Freeman JL, Khan S, Freeman DL, Rudkin LL and Anderson ET. “Tamoxifen Use and Adherence in Older Breast Cancer Patients.” Submitted to the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, March 2003; resubmitted with revisions.
  • Newell DA, Markides KS, Ray LA and Freeman JL. 2001. “Postmenopausal Hormone Replacement Therapy Use by Older Mexican American Women”. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society; 49: 1046-1051.
  • “Safe and Drug-Free School Recognition Program.” Final Report. Decision Information Resources, Inc., U.S. Department of Education, January, 2001.
  • “Regional Educational Laboratories Market Analysis Framework and Methodology.” Decision Information Resources, Inc., U.S. Department of Education, December, 2000.
  • “Interim Evaluation of the Regional Educational Laboratories” Final Report. Decision Information Resources, Inc., U.S. Department of Education, December 1999.
  • “Job Corps Comprehensive Placement Analysis.” Decision Information Resources, Inc., U.S. Department of Labor, September 1999.
  • Newell DA “Medication for Menopause: Cautions and responsibilities for prescribers and pharmacists.” Texas Pharmacist, June 1998.
  • Chiriboga, DA and Newell DA. “Infusion of Aging-Related Content into the Curriculum in a School of Allied Health Sciences.” Journal of Gerontology and Geriatrics Education; Vol. 17(2): 21-31, 1996.
  • Chiriboga, DA and Newell, DA. “Legislative Issues: Geriatric Education: The Future At the Crossroads.” SAGE REPORT, Winter, 1995 (Services and Activities in Geriatric Education) In Association with the Houston Academy of Medicine – Texas Medical Center Library.  

Membership & Editorial Service in Professional Organizations

  • Editorial Service
  • Editorial Reviewer: Ethnicity & Disease
  • Editorial Reviewer: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
  • Editorial Reviewer: Advances in Health Care Education
  • Editorial Reviewer: American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
  • Memberships
  • Gerontological Society of America
  • Association of Gerontology in Higher Education
  • American Educational Research Association
  • American Society of Consultant Pharmacists, Health Professions Affiliate Member
  • Southwest Society on Aging
  • American Society on Aging