About Debbie

Debbie is a clinical fellow in Hematology/Oncology and an associate in the Section of the History of Medicine at the Yale University School of Medicine.

She graduated from Harvard College in 2004 with a B.A. in History and Science, where she wrote a senior thesis entitled "The Injection of Insulin Into American Psychiatry," which explored the history of insulin coma therapy for schizophrenia. It was awarded the Thomas Temple Hoopes Award for outstanding senior thesis, and a portion of it was subsequently published in the Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences.

She earned her Ph.D. in History with distinction (concentration in the History of Science and Medicine) from Yale University in December 2012. Her dissertation, Emotionally Disturbed: Residential Treatment, Child Psychiatry, and the Creation of Normal Children in Mid-Twentieth Century America, was supervised by Naomi Rogers, Anne Harrington, John Warner, and Glenda Gilmore. It explores the history of residential and inpatient treatment for emotionally disturbed children in America from 1930 to 1980. It won the Edwin W. Small prize for outstanding dissertation in American history. While at Yale, Debbie also completed a study of bedwetting alarms in mid-twentieth century America which was published in Isis in June 2010.

Debbie earned her M.D. from Harvard Medical School in 2013. She completed her internship and residency in internal medicine at Yale-New Haven Hospital. She has been extremely lucky to have found a number of clinician historian mentors and enjoys trying to convince undergraduates that pursuing a career in both fields is worthwhile.

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