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AsPS Incoming President Is Deborah White

June 25, 2020

AsPS Incoming President Is Deborah White

Dr. Deborah J. White, Ph.D., CAsP, M.B.A, M.A., is the incoming President of the Aerospace Physiology Society (AsPS).

   She joined AsMA in 1988 and has been recognized as a Fellow of the Aerospace Medical Association. She has been a member of AsPS since 1990, where she oversaw the development of the Aerospace Physiology Board Certification Exam from 2011–2014, and then took over as Exam Treasurer in 2014. She also served as a Member-at-Large on the AsPS Board of Governors from 2016–2019, and then rolled into President Elect. She has also served as President of the Life Sciences and Biomedical Engineering Branch from 2009–2010.
   Dr. White is a Commander in the United States Navy, serving as an Aerospace Experimental Psychologist on special assignment to Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division, Keyport. She is a Human Systems Integration (HSI) Project Lead, responsible for providing HSI technical leadership, management oversight, policy guidance, and coordination to the Submarine Force’s Virtual Reality Submarine Training Program, ensuring that these areas are focused, relevant, and eminently capable of satisfying current and anticipated force needs. She provides executive and supervisory leadership and authoritative scientific and technical advice to afford future Naval Air Forces the requisite knowledge and technology for critical warfighting capabilities.
   Dr. White received her undergraduate degree in Biology from California Polytechnic State University, then attended Wright State University for the initial start of her doctorate degree, and completed her Ph.D. in Cardiovascular Physiology at Colorado State University in Ft. Collins. During her summer months she conducted research studies at USAF Armstrong Laboratory, both at Brooks AFB and Wright-Patterson AFB. Prior to entering the Navy, Dr. White worked as an Aeromedical Business Advisor to ML Lifeguard, a UK company that designed and developed safety and survival clothing for both aviation and submarine international services.
   In 1997, Dr. White was commissioned as a Research Physiologist in the Navy and served as a research scientist at the Naval Submarine Medical Research Laboratory until 2000. She then transferred to the Aerospace Experimental Psychology community and went to the Naval Aerospace Medical Institute’s Aerospace and Flight Training Program. Upon graduation from the program, she went to the Naval Air Warfare Center as Head of the Human Performance Technology Branch until transferring to the Naval Safety Center in 2003. Prior to arriving at the Naval Safety Center, she attended the Naval Postgraduate School’s Naval Aviation Safety Officer Program. She then worked at the Naval Safety Center as Head, Human Factors Analysis Branch for 4 years. In October 2007, she was requested by Fleet Forces Staff to take a special duty assignment and provide human factors analysis and aviation mishap expertise to the Safety Directorate (N4S). From 2009–2012 she was assigned as Deputy Director, Contract Support Office at the Naval Health Research Center, serving as the primary Contracting Officers' Representative on over 10 major BUMED research support contracts valued at $21M.
   After entering the Navy, Dr. White earned an M.B.A. in Human Resource Management and Team Building from the University of New Haven and an M.A. in National Security and Strategic Studies degree from the Naval War College. She is also board certified in Aerospace Physiology. 
   Dr. White’s awards include NAVSEA Warfare Center Innovation Award, Michael G. Lilienthal Leadership Award, Fred A. Hitchcock Award, Sonny Carter Memorial Award, Medical Service Corps Director’s Award, Navy and Marine Corp Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (five awards), Navy Achievement Medal, Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation (two awards), National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, and Pistol Marksmanship (Sharpshooter).