- PhD, University of Miami, 2018
- Population-based suicide surveillance & prevention
- Disaster preparedness and response
About Summer DeBastiani
Dr. Summer D. DeBastiani , PhD., MPH, RN is an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing. Dr. DeBastiani’s two most recently held positions were as a Lecturer at the University of Miami’s School of Nursing and Health Studies where she taught undergraduate, public health nursing and as a Health Scientist, in the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response, at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
An experienced critical care nurse, Dr. DeBastiani also has providing health and human services domestically and internationally to at-risk and vulnerable populations. She has held clinical positions as an ICU nurse, in the Jinja province of Uganda, where she worked in malaria prevention and treatment, as a volunteer nurse in Manang for Nepal’s Himalayan Rescue Association, and as a district nurse in in New Zealand, where she continues to hold her nursing license.
Dr. DeBastiani’s dissertation research was focused on understanding the social factors that contribute to suicide in Monroe County, FL, the county which has the highest suicide rates per capita in all of Florida. The results of her dissertation research have been used to obtain community grants to increase mental health providers in Monroe County, and to advocate for policies addressing affordable housing issues in the county. Dr. DeBastiani has authored publications in the Journal of the American Medical Association, among others. As an Assistant Professor of Nursing she continues to develop her program research in suicide prevention.