Debra Harris is a senior instructor II in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health. Her areas of specialization are health education instructional strategies and techniques, child/youth health promotion program planning, school health, school physical education, youth/obesity, death/dying, and emotional abuse in the workplace. She also is an adjunct instructor in PSU’s Graduate School of Education, supervising teacher candidates in the area school health and physical education, and teaching the health and physical education methods courses. For the past four years, Deb has served as a visiting lecturer to the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, where she teaches Death/Dying and Emotional Abuse in the Workplace.
Deb is an native Portlander and has mentored hundreds of students in both school and public health in her four-decade career.
A.A., Central Oregon Community College, 1974
B.S., Southern Oregon University, 1976
M.S.T., PSU, 1978
M.S.T., PSU, 1982
Ph.D., University of New Mexico, 1998
Awards and Honors
- 2015, Top Professors in the College of Urban and Public Affairs
- 2002, National Health Professional of the Year (K-12) from the American Association of Health Education
- 1998, National Secondary Physical Education Teacher of the Year from the National Association for Sport and Physical Education