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Expert Witness

Deborah Olin Norris, Ph.D.

Dr. Norris is admitted as an Expert Witness in Washington, D.C. Superior Court and Virginia Beach Circuit Court. She is a veteran with over 20 years of experience in academia; academic appointments, and a popular invited speaker.


Ph.D. Psychology, The American University 1988
M.A. Psychology, The American University 1984
B.A. Psychology, The Colorado College 1979

Selected Professional Experience

Scientist in Residence/Adjunct Professor, American University, 1984-Present, Department of Psychology, 1996-1997, Department of Health/Fitness, Washington, D.C.

Neurotoxicologist 1994-present, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, Washington, D.C.

Behavioral Pharmacologist, 1991-1994, Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Department of Psychiatry, Washington, D.C.

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, 1991-1994, Georgetown University Medical Center, Department of Psychiatry, Washington, D.C.

Behavioral Psychologist, 1979-1980, National Children's Center, 6200 2nd Street, N.W., Washington, D.C.

Research Assistant in Substance Abuse, 1979, Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, Department of Psychiatry and Psychology, Washington, D.C.

National Science Foundation Research Fellow, 1974, National Inst. Allergy and Infectious Diseases, 9000 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD 20892

Courses Taught:

  • Behavioral Medicine
  • Drugs and Behavior
  • Behavioral Pharmacology
  • Neurotoxicology
  • Neurobiological Basis of Behavior
  • Strategies in Stress Reduction
  • Introductory Survey of Psychology
  • Alternative Medicine

Selected Invited Lectures and Seminars

Ethology in Psychiatry. Seminar for medical residents, Dept. of Psychiatry, Georgetown University Medical School. Washington, D.C., March, 1992.

Behavioral Pharmacology. National Institute for Drug Abuse Fellow's Seminar, Department of Psychiatry, Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Washington, D.C., April, 1993.

The Pharmacology of Alcohol and other Drug Use. A series of seminars and videotaped presentations on the pharmacology of substance abuse, to Montgomery County Police, Montgomery County, MD. October, November, 1994.

Alcohol Toxicity. Training program for School Community Action Teams, organized by the Family Support Center, as a part of the Montgomery County project, "Drawing the Line on Under-21 Alcohol Use". The Maryland State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Administration awarded funding for this project to the Montgomery County Department of Family Resources. Montgomery County, MD., November, 1994.

The Neurotoxicity of n-Butyl Acetate, A Case Study. Annual Summer Toxicology Forum. Aspen, CO, July, 1996.

Neurotoxicity: Chemicals of Concern and Risk Assessment Guidelines. Lecture for US Environmental Protection Agency staff, sponsored by the Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics Technical Training Committee, March, 1997.

Chemical Mixtures and Susceptible Populations. Center for Disease Control, The Health Impact of Chemical Exposures During the Gulf War: A Research Planning Conference. Atlanta, GA., March, 1999.

Clinical Exercise Prescription for Treatment of Chronic Illness. ECA World Fitness Conference, New York, N.Y., March, 2002.

Selected Professional Activities And Organizations

Consultant/Behavioral Pharmacologist Montgomery County Department of Family Resources,"Drawing the Line on Under-21 Alcohol Use", 1994-1995.

Family Support Center, Inc., Substance Abuse Prevention Program, 1994-1998.

Montgomery County Police Department, Videotape Training Program on Effects of Alcohol and other Drugs on the Brain and Behavior, 1994.

Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, United States Lead Toxicologist for Development of Neurotoxicity Testing Guidance Document, 1999-2005. Workgroup Member, Preparation of Developmental Neurotoxicity Testing Guidelines, 1999-present.

Center for Disease Control and Prevention, The Health Impact of Chemical Exposures During the Gulf War: A Research Planning Conference (Pathophysiology and Etiology of Gulf War Illness), Workgroup member, 1998-1999.

US Environmental Protection Agency, Chair, Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics Technical Training Committee, 1997-2000.

Georgetown University School of Medicine, Committee on Admissions, 1993-1995.

Olin Conservation, Inc., Board of Directors, Vice President, 1985-1999.

Veteran's Affairs Medical Center, Research and Development Subcommittee on Safety, 1991-1994.

American University, Psychology Department Council, 1982-1986.

Association Government Toxicologists

Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society

Sigma Xi Honor Society

Who's Who in Women

Who's Who in American Scientists

Publications list available upon request.

Dr. Norris has been admitted as an Expert Witness in Washington, D.C. Superior Court, Virginia Beach Circuit Court, and Dare County, Chicago Trial Court. She is a veteran with over 25 years of experience in academia, academic appointments, and is a popular invited speaker.

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