Debora Barnes-Josiah, PhD

Assistant Professor, Epidemiology

University of Nebraska Medical Center
College of Public Health 

Professional Summary

  • 1999-present Maternal & Child Health Epidemiologist, Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services
  • 1999-2007 Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, UNMC
  • 2008-present Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology, UNMC


  • PhD University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, 1989
  • MSPH University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, 1985
  • BSc Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1980

Research Interests & Projects

  • Identification and prevention of infant and child mortality
  • Racial and ethnic disparities in maternal and child health
  • Prevention of poor pregnancy outcomes and neonatal mortality

Selected Publications

  • Barnes-Josiah DL, Eurek P, Huffman, Heusinkvelt J, Severe-Oforah J, Schwalberg R. 2007. Impact of “This Side Up” t-shirts on infant sleep position. Mat Child Hlth Journal. MCH Journal 11(1)45-48.
  • Nebraska Health and Human Services System. Nebraska Child Death Review Report: 2004 (2007); 2002-2003 (2006); 1996-2001 (2004). Lincoln, NE.
  • Barnes-Josiah DL. 2005. Medicaid Enrolled Births, Nebraska 2000-2003. Lincoln, NE.
  • Barnes-Josiah DL. 2004. Undoing Racism in Public Health: A Blueprint for Action in Urban MCH. Omaha, NE: CityMatCH at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.
  • Nebraska Health and Human Services System. 2002. Nebraska Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System – 1999 Data Book. Lincoln, NE.
  • Peck MG, Barnes-Josiah DL. 2002. Social Policy Reform and America’s Cities: Risk and Opportunity for Maternal and Child Health. In: Wallace H et al. (ed.) Health & Welfare for Families in the 21st Century. Boston: Jones and Bartlett Publishers.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Public Health Association
  • Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists
  • Nebraska Minority Public Health Association
  • Public Health Association of Nebraska
  • Society for Epidemiologic Research

contact debora barnes-josiah
Debora Barnes-Josiah, PhD

Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services
301 Centennial Mall South
PO Box 95026
Lincoln, NE 68509
Phone: (402) 471-9048
Fax: (402) 471-7049