Deborah Gross, DNSc, RN, FAAN
Deborah Gross is best known for her work in promoting positive parent-child relationships and preventing behavior problems in preschool children from low-income neighborhoods. At Johns Hopkins, she holds joint appointments at the School of Nursing, the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in the School of Medicine, and the Department of Mental Health in the Bloomberg School of Public Health. Previously, as associate dean for research and a department chair at Rush University College of Nursing, Dr. Gross and colleagues developed the innovative Chicago Parent Program, which improves parenting behavior and reduces child behavior problems. The program currently is used in a number of settings, including Head Start centers in Chicago and New York City. 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 healthcare 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 Institute of Medicine, published more than 100 articles, book chapters, and abstracts, and currently serves on the editorial board of Research in Nursing & Health and Nursing Outlook.
Areas of Scholarly Expertise and InterestPsychology and mental health nursing, child psychology, prevention research, parenting, early childhood intervention, research methodology
Below are selected resources. For more information, please see full CV.
Gross, D., Beeber, L., DeSocio, J., & Brennaman, L. (2016). "Toxic stress: Urgent action needed to reduce exposure to toxic stress in pregnant women and young children." Nursing Outlook, 64(5), 513-515.
Bettencourt, A., Gross, D., & Ho, G. (March 2016). "The Costly Consequences of Not Being Socially and Behaviorally Ready by Kindergarten: Associations with Grade Retention, Receipt of Academic Support Services, and Suspensions/Expulsions." Baltimore Education Research Consortium. Available at http://baltimore-berc.org/category/publications/
Trautmann, J, Alhusen, J., & Gross, D. (2015). "Impact of deployment on military families with young children: A systematic review." Nursing Outlook, 63, 656-679.
Gross, D., Belcher, H., Ofonedu, M., Breitenstein, S., Frick, K., & Budhathoki, C. (2014). "Study protocol for a comparative effectiveness trial of two parent training programs in a fee-for-service mental health clinic: Can we improve mental health services to low-income families." Trials, 15:70.
Gross, D., Garvey, C., Julion, W., Fogg, L., Tucker, S., & Mokros, H. (2009). "Efficacy of the Chicago Parent Program with low-income African-American and Latino parents of young children." Prevention Science, 10, 54-65.
- Child mental health
- Parent training
- Early childhood
Awards and Honors
Fellow, American Academy of Nursing
Ambassador of the Friends of the National Institute for Nursing Research
Sigma Theta Tau International Researcher Hall of Fame
President's Award, Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research
Edgerunner, American Academy of Nursing
Fellow, Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Leaders Program