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NVIC’s Vaccination & Health Research Program

Research Administrative Staff & Steering Committee

Program Overview, Program Components & Research Portfolio, Funding & Indirect Cost Policy

Vicky Debold, PhD, RN
Director of Research & Patient Safety

Dr. Debold has been employed in the health care field for more than 30 years as an ICU nurse, health care administrator and health policy analyst primarily focusing on pediatrics and patient safety. Currently, she is a Research Scientist and Affiliate Faculty member at George Mason University in the Health Administration and Policy Department where she teaches Health Services Research Methods. She has worked with NVIC since 2006 on vaccine safety analytical and education projects and is a member of the FDA Vaccines & Related Biological Products Advisory Committee; the consumer representative to the H1N1 Vaccine Safety Risk Assessment Working Group and the Vaccine Safety Working Group of the National Vaccine Advisory Committee; and has served as a consultant to the CDC Board of Scientific Counselors.

Dr. Debold received her doctoral degree from the University of Michigan (1999) — School of Public Health (Health Services Organization and Policy) and School of Nursing (Health Systems Administration). She was a University of Michigan Regent's Fellow and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in health systems research. She was an Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan and an Associate Professor and Director of the Health Systems Management Program at the University of Detroit, Mercy. She has worked as a health policy analyst for the U.S. Congress’s Physician Payment Review Commission; for the Michigan Health and Safety Coalition; and for the Michigan State Commission on Patient Safety.

Dr. Debold has successfully competed for research funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the University of Michigan Health Systems Health Services Research Initiative, and the Health Care Financing Administration. Her analyses and papers have been published in the Journal of the American Medical Association; Advances in Patient Safety: New Directions and Alternative Approaches; Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, and Critical Care Nursing Clinics of North America.

Steven Rubin, PhD
Director of Vaccine Research Analytics

Dr. Rubin is a computer scientist who maintains the online searchable VAERS database, MedAlerts. He has managed this database voluntarily and independent of his official work since 2003 and has worked with the NVIC since 2005.

Dr. Rubin received a Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University (1978) in the field of Artificial Intelligence. He worked in the computing field for over 40 years, both as a teacher and a researcher. He has taught computer graphics at Carnegie Mellon University and at Stanford University and has worked at Bell Telephone Laboratories, Schlumberger/Fairchild, Apple Computer, Interval Research, Sun Microsystems and currently Oracle. The author of "Electric," an open-source program for designing integrated-circuit chips, he also wrote a textbook on chip design software.

Research Program Steering Committee

NVIC is assembling a Research Program Steering Committee of scientists, physicians, health care professionals and health research experts to assist with development, review and operation of intramural and extramural research projects. To protect the integrity of the research and the privacy of professionals working with NVIC on scientific research projects, the identification of committee members and research scientists conducting studies may not be made public until research is published.

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