Deborah Slawson , Ph.D, R.D., L.D.N.

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities
Vanderbilt Kennedy Center
PMB 40
230 Appleton Place
Nashville, TN 37203
Phone: 423-439-4592
Email: [email protected]
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Last Updated: January 26, 2018


Discipline Coordinators: Public Health
Discipline(s): Public Health
AUCD Council Membership: No Council Membership
Research: youth and physical health, Appalachia youth and obesity, child obesity and chronic disease, healthcare provider assessments on diabetes practices


Community-based participatory health promotion planning, research, and evaluation have formed the basis for much of my scholarly pursuit, and I have published and presented widely on issues related to health and wellness for youth. I was PI on the statewide Tennessee Coordinated School Health (CSH) evaluation. Further, I was PI of an NIN-NICHD-funded obesity prevention research project, Team Up for Healthy Living, which engaged CSH Coordinators across Northeast Tennessee in carrying out obesity prevention interventions in regional high schools.
My experiences have given me unique insights into the processes of planning, initiating and promoting a coordinated network of health-related program components in schools and communities. My background and my record of productivity form the basis for a promising collaboration with the Vanderbilt Consortium LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities).