Debra Dobbs, Ph.D.

Dr. Debra Dobbs

Professor and Interim Director of Aging Studies
Director, PhD Program
Academic Director, Center for Hospice, Palliative Care and End-of-Life Studies. 

Phone: (813) 974 5767
Office: MHC1341
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Curriculum Vitae

Hospice, Palliative Care and End-of-Life Center

Description of Research Interests 

Dr. Dobbs has research interests in palliative, hospice and end-of-life care, and palliative care education in assisted living with a specific focus on providers of persons living with dementia.  As the Director of the Center for Hospice, Palliative and End-of-Life Studies, she has research partnerships with hospice organizations in Florida. Dr. Dobbs is also involved in disaster preparedness research and music and mindfulness studies in assisted living and other community-based settings for persons living with dementia and their caregivers


PubMed Publications 

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