Debora Gross

Deborah Gross



Deborah Gross is best known for her work designing and scaling behavioral health interventions that support families of young children from low-income, underserved communities and who may have experienced trauma and adversity. At Johns Hopkins, she holds joint appointments in the School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and in the Bloomberg School of Public Health Department of Mental Health. Dr. Gross and colleagues developed the innovative Chicago Parent Program (CPP), an evidence-based parenting skills and support program created in collaboration with Black/African-American and Latino parents of young children from low-income communities. Since inception, CPP has been used in schools, early childhood programs, human service agencies, and child mental health settings in 25 states and the District of Columbia. Dr. Gross was a Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellow, and among her many recognitions are the Friends of the National Institute for Nursing Research President’s Award for outstanding research, the American Academy of Nursing Edge Runner award honoring developers of model programs offering solutions to health care challenges, and induction into the Sigma Theta Tau Researchers Hall of Fame. She has served on numerous review panels for the National Institutes of Health and the National Academies of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine), has published extensively on parenting, young children’s mental health and wellbeing, designing equitable community-based interventions and measures that leverage family strengths and resilience, and creating scalable interventions that address the needs of families and young children. She has published more than 150 articles, book chapters, and abstracts, and currently serves on the editorial board of Research in Nursing & Health.

Wikipedia Bio

JHU Center Affiliation:
Resilience RRTC

Specialties and Expertise
  • Community
  • Disparities
  • Equity
  • Family
  • Health Policy
  • Maternal Health
  • Mental Health
  • Parenting
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Trauma