About Deborah Pullin

  • MPH: The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice (DHMC Trustee’s Scholarship Recipient), 2012
  • Pediatric Nurse Associate Certificate: University of Minnesota School of Public Health, 1980
  • BSN (High Distinction) and BES: University of Minnesota, 1977

Deborah Pullin came to UVM in 2020 as a part-time instructor. In addition to her work with the MPH program she currently works part-time in school health with districts in the Burlington area. She is passionate about children’s health, the public health consequences of family adversity, and practice improvement. For the prior two decades she worked in Child Abuse Pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock and taught at the Geisel School of Medicine; she very much enjoyed the multi-disciplinary and multi-agency aspects of that work. She was instrumental in setting up and garnering external funding for the multidisciplinary child maltreatment program based at the hospital. For a total of seven of those years she was the acting program director and child maltreatment rotation director for both the medical school and the Pediatric Residency. She had previously provided primary care to children from birth through adolescence in Minnesota and New Hampshire, and worked in Public Health Nursing in Ontario, Canada. At Dartmouth-Hitchcock Deb was privileged to actively participate in both the PediBIRN and ExSTRA multi-center research studies, and prior to those in the Tobacco Use in Rural Children studies.


  • PH302 Epidemiology I

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Community Engagement

In order to improve public policy and multidisciplinary teamwork Deb served many years as a member of the New Hampshire Child Fatality Review, the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect, and the advisory boards for the Child Advocacy Center at The Family Place (Windsor, VT) and the Child Advocacy Center of Grafton and Sullivan Counties. Additionally, Deb provided over 4 dozen invited or peer-reviewed presentations for professionals at regional and national venues, initiated and hosted a monthly regional online peer-review process for difficult child maltreatment cases, and hosted an annual child abuse multidisciplinary conference. She has extensive experience as an expert witness in child protection matters. At various points over her time at Dartmouth-Hitchcock she also served on the HIV Post-Exposure Prophylaxis Committee, the Regional Information Systems Subcommittee and Telemedicine Task Force, the NH CARE Network of the NH Pediatric Society, the DCYF Citizen Review Panel, and the Tobacco Accelerated Clinical Improvement Committee. She has been a long-term member and Fellow of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners and Nurses; and member of the American Public Health Association, the International Society for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, and Sigma Theta Tau (National Honor Society for Nursing).

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