Debra Bartelli, DrPH

Research Associate Professor of Urban Health

233 Robison Hall
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Debra Bartelli

About Debra Bartelli

Debra Bartelli, DrPH, is a Research Associate Professor of Urban Health. She received her MPH and doctoral degrees from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. Before joining the University of Memphis faculty, Dr. Bartelli worked for a national research firm conducting evaluations for non-profits, foundations, and government agencies. She also directed a multi-sector initiative in Shelby County designed to improve health outcomes, improve quality of care, and reduce healthcare costs with a focus on infant mortality reduction, chronic disease prevention, and end-of-life care. Dr. Bartelli's public health interests are diverse and include the built environment, adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), environmental policy, food insecurity, and program evaluation. She is a founding member of the University’s iIMPACT Center. She also conducts fieldwork focused on improving public health infrastructure, access to clean water, and reducing food insecurity in rural Haiti.


  • DrPH, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, New York, NY
  • MPH, Population and Family Health, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, New York, NY
  • MA, Speech Pathology, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
  • BSE, Speech Pathology, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

Research Interests

  • Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Health
  • Relationship between chronic disease and the built environment
  • Senior Food Insecurity
  • Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in Low-Income Countries

Selected Publications

  1. Shukr B., Bartelli D., Ward K., Ray M., Maziak W., Mzayek F. (2022). The Effect of Exposure to Tobacco Smoking-related Media Messages on Youths’ Smoking Behavior: A Longitudinal, School-based Study. Preventive Medicine 107386 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ypmed.2022.107386
  2. Schauss E., Hawes K., Roberts S. (2022). The BRAIN Center at the University of Memphis, et al. Examining the incidence of acute stress in pediatric trauma patients. Trauma Surgery & Acute Care Open 2022;7:e000946. doi: 10.1136/tsaco-2022-000946
  3. Rachel Stobbea, Taylor Napiera, Debra Bartelli, & Kathryn H. Howella. (2022). Internalizing Symptoms in Children Exposed to Adversity: Examining Associations with Resilience, Social Support, and Community Cohesion. American Journal of Undergraduate Research. March 2022; Volume 18; Issue 4: pg15-25. ajur.2022.052.
  4. Jia C., Fu X., Bartelli D., Smith L. (2020). Insignificant impact of the "stay-at-home" order on ambient air quality in the Memphis Metropolitan Area, USA. Atmosphere, 11 (6) 630-640.
  5. Schauss E., Horn G., Ellmo F., Zettler H., Bartelli D., Cogdal P., West S. (2019). Fostering Intrinsic Resilience: A Neuroscience Informed Model of Conceptualizing and Treating Adverse Childhood Experiences. Journal of Mental Health Counseling, 41(3): 242-259.
  6. Mukherjee N., Bartelli D., Patra C., Chauhan B.V., Dowd S.E., Banerjee P. (2016). Microbial diversity of source and point-of-use water in rural Haiti - a pyrosequencing-based metagenomic survey. PLoS ONE, 2016; 11(12): 1-16.