Debra K. Litzelman

Debra K. Litzelman, MD

D. Craig Brater Professor of Global Health Education


Dr. Litzelman is a Senior Research Scientist in the Regenstrief Institute and with research interests in interprofessional education and practice, innovative health care system’s workforce development, and patient-centered behavioral change strategies. As co-investigator on a CMS-funded project to expand the Aging Brain Center (ABC) collaborative care model to a wider number of older adult patients with cognitive and mood disorders and caregivers, Dr. Litzelman has led the Workforce Training Core which developed and implemented an innovative screening, hiring and training processes to prepare the ABC Care Coordinator Assistants. Dr. Litzelman is currently the PI on her second $1.5 million NIH Behavioral and Social Science Integrated Curricular Training grant for IUSM. As Director of Education for Indiana University Center for Global Health, she focuses on bilateral exchange of ideas to improve health and well-being of the medically underserved across the globe. The ideas for creating a new workforce to care for vulnerable elders arose from her work in Kenya where community health workers are widely deployed to improve care of patients with chronic illnesses. Dr. Litzelman also has research experience in organizational change interventions with primary care health care groups working to establish relational Patient Centered Medical Homes and with IU Health oncology care groups. Her research focuses on the impact of practical training to prepare interprofessional health care team members to optimally function within relational, collaborative models of care. As PI, on the IUH Values Grant Challenge Improving Infant Mortality Rates in Indiana proposal, Dr. Litzelman, with interdisciplinary and community based teams, will implement and evaluate this community-based population health project.



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General Internal Medicine
Regenstrief Institute 1101 W. 10th St.
Indianapolis , IN 46202


Titles & Appointments

  • Professor of Medicine