For 25 years, Deborah G. List, PhD, has been involved in the field of public health, working in hospital, government, advocacy and research settings on issues of access and quality of care for children with disabilities. She currently lectures on a broad range of policy and population health topics, with an emphasis on social justice, health equity, accessibility and student mental health and disability needs.
Deborah worked as a professor and student advisor at colleges and universities in New York and Connecticut and as a consultant on public health policy and program development for vulnerable children and families in CT and the mid-Atlantic. She served on the Provost’s Student Success Committee, Sacred Heart University; was Chair of the Accessibility Task Force, Fairfield University; and now sits on the Accessibility Committee, University of New Haven.
An active participant in community organizations, Deborah served on the Covid-19 Re-Entry Committee and the Racial Equity and Inclusion Policy Planning Committee, both for Wilton Public Schools. She is a member of Fairfield University’s Kanarek Center for Palliative and Supportive Nursing Care Education (Advisory Board) and Wilton Youth Council (Board).
After graduating with honors from Brown University, Deborah earned an MA in health education from Teachers College, Columbia University; an MPH in public management and community health from Harvard School of Public Health; and a PhD in public health from Johns Hopkins, where she researched the impact of maternal stress on the health service use of children with chronic illnesses.
She and her husband live with their three teenage sons and four rescue pets in Wilton, CT. They are parents of a child with complex life-threatening medical needs who has an IEP. During winter weekends, her sons volunteer as instructors for the Adaptive Sports Program at Mt. Snow.