Deborah Bookwalter

Principal Research Associate


Deborah Bookwalter, ScD, is a senior epidemiologist with 20+ years of experience in chronic disease epidemiologic research. She is the Principal Investigator for the Data Coordinating Center for the Recipient Epidemiology and Donor Evaluation Study-IV-Pediatric (REDS-IV-P), NHLBI’s flagship program for improving blood safety and availability and for advancing transfusion medicine practice. She also serves as a senior epidemiologist and technical advisor supporting NIEHS Epidemiology Branch research.

Prior to joining Westat in 2018, much of her previous experience had been in the design and analysis of large long-term prospective cohort studies, with a research focus on cancer, obesity, and diabetes.


  • ScD, Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health
  • MS, Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health
  • BA, Molecular and Cell Biology, University of California, Berkeley


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