Debra Kreisberg, PhD, is currently working on several international NGO projects in Asia and Colorado and teaching graduate courses at the Universities of Colorado, Denver, and Thailand. She specializes in the development and management of NGOs, and institutes focusing on health disparities and at-risk populations, and Public Health Preparedness service delivery systems. In her work with vulnerable and underserved populations, Dr. Kreisberg has directly engaged with government, hospitals, health departments and nonprofit organizations to develop NGOs, state-wide programs, training and educational standards of cultural competency, resources and program tools that enhance access, the development of culturally appropriate assessment and intake tools, and evaluation and measurement tools in the area of access and quality of care. Dr. Kreisberg is responsible for founding or co-founding several significant organizations. She is a co-founder of the Center for Integrated Disaster Preparedness where she directed statewide programs on service delivery and inclusion of vulnerable populations. She is also a co-founder of the Rocky Mountain Survivors Center, a specialized center in Denver, CO for the health and mental health treatment of survivors of torture and human rights abuse where she designed the program, grants, and research agenda. She has written over 3.9 million successful grants. Below activities include Dr. Kreisberg’s work in fundraising, grant writing, and donor relations:

  • Awarded $8000 grant from Colorado School of Public Health, University of Colorado Medical campus for MPH online course development for Public Health Disaster Preparedness, 2015
  • Authored and administered over $3.3 million of awarded funding received through the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) grant program to increase health care preparedness levels in Colorado, 2007-2013
  • Authored and administered a $100,000 grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to increase pandemic preparedness in hospitals in Colorado, 2009
  • Authored and was awarded a 3-year $550,000 grant from the Office of Refugee Resettlement for the establishment and implementation of the Rocky Mountain Survivors Center. 1996-1998
  • Co-authored and was awarded a $15,000 Rose Foundation grant for physician education on PTSD and Survivors of Human Rights abuse. 1998



  • Ph.D., International Relations; University of Denver, Denver, CO; 2002
  • MA., International Relations; University of Denver, Denver, CO; 1990
  • A.A.S., Red Rocks College, Denver, CO: Emergency Management; 2006
  • B.A., Public Policy; Global College (Long Island University) Brooklyn, NY