University of Colorado Denver
Deborah Thomas is a professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado Denver, and also holds a secondary appointment in the Department of Environmental & Occupational Health in the Colorado School of Public Health. She specializes in hazards and health geography, and has more than twenty years of experience in the application of geographic information science and technology (GIS&T) in a variety of social science application areas, including health and disaster management. Her teaching and research interests focus on issues of vulnerability/resilience as they relate to both natural and human-induced hazards and health outcomes, commonly emphasizing the role of technology, particularly GIS, in assessing and evaluating the intersection of human-physical systems and the built environment. In 2005, she was a Fulbright Scholar to Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey. She has worked for the past 10 years in Tanzania on several research projects related to her research interests where she has established an memorandum of understanding with the Catholic University of Health and Allied Sciences in Mwanza, Tanzania.