• Debbie Coleman Wallace, DrPH, MPH

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  • Debbie Coleman Wallace, DrPH, MPH

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    The Satcher Health Leadership Institute
    Morehouse School of Medicine
    720 Westview Drive, SW
    NCPC, Suite 238
    Atlanta, Georgia 30310-1495
    Phone: (404)-752-8654

    Dr. Wallace received both her Master’s and Doctorate degrees in Public Health from Loma Linda University. She received training as a Preventive Care Specialist, with clinical expertise in lifestyle disease management. She is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Community Health and Preventive Medicine at Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM), in the cancer research program. Prior to coming to MSM, Dr. Wallace served on the faculty at Emory University where she directed a 4-year, NIH-funded study of a church-based nutritional intervention which included the development of a culturally-sensitive video and cookbook for African Americans. In addition, she taught evidence-based motivational interviewing skills to dieticians shown to be effective in changing dietary behaviors. Dr. Wallace continues to teach motivational interviewing skills to Preventive Medicine Residents, junior faculty, and community health leaders as an effective tool to improve lifestyle behaviors, including smoking cessation.

    Dr. Wallace is currently training trainers for an evidence-based weight management program she developed, specifically targeted to African American families. Dr. Wallace has received several volunteer awards for her contribution to the health of the African American community, including awards from the Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness and the DeKalb County Board of Health. Dr. Wallace’s passion is to eliminate health disparities by helping minority communities achieve healthier lifestyles through research and training. Her area of research interest and focus is on the prevention and treatment of obesity as both a primary and secondary cancer prevention strategy.