Deborah A. Gibbs

"Each of my studies puts me in touch with people who are working to address trafficking and other forms of abuse, and to improve policies at the state and federal levels. They’re the ones doing the hard work, and I hope that our work creates knowledge that supports their efforts."


Human trafficking

Child welfare services and policy

Military families

Evaluation technical assistance


Deborah A. Gibbs, MSPH, is Deputy Director of RTI’s Women, Children and Families Program and a Senior Health and Social Policy Analyst.

Ms. Gibbs has more than 30 years of experience in developing evaluation designs that combine qualitative and quantitative methods. She currently leads four studies addressing domestic human trafficking—including studies of human trafficking within the child welfare population, an evaluation of victim services programs, and development of an instrument to measure outcomes in victim services program.

Ms. Gibbs has led numerous studies related to child welfare and family violence in the military. Her research has been published in numerous journals, including JAMAChildren and Youth Services ReviewViolence Against WomenChild MaltreatmentViolence and Victims, and Military Psychology.



MSPH, Health Policy and Administration, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

BA, Human Services, University of Massachusetts.

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