Deborah has a specialist interest in environmental health. She joined the team part- time as an Associate Professor in 2011. Her experience includes positions in the Ministry of Health and other central government agencies and as a Medical Officer of Health in several district health boards. Other previous roles include Deputy Chair of the Medical Council of New Zealand; member of the Environmental Risk Management Authority, and member of the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms decision-making committee of the Environmental Protection Authority. She is currently Deputy Chair of the Advertising Standards Complaints Board, a member of the Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal and the Veterans’ Entitlements Appeal Board.
Deborah is currently a member of 'The Ministry of Health Coronavirus Statistical Advisory Group'.