Deborah Collier is a freelance writer and editor, writing teacher, and tutor. After receiving her (highly useful) bachelor’s degree in studio art, Deborah worked as a television news, weather, and sports reporter, and anchor. Deborah has a Master’s Degree in English Literature from Georgia State University in Atlanta, where she graduated with a 4.0 gpa. While earning her graduate degree Ms. Collier tutored in the GSU Writing Center. After graduating, Ms. Collier gained significant experience as a writer and editor at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention where she edited peer-reviewed journal articles, monographs, annual reports, book chapters, visual presentations, and technical reports. She also served as editor for the CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, compiled the standard bibliography of AIDS research, and was a frequent reviewer of grant applications. While at CDC, Ms. Collier regularly taught courses on technical writing to incoming Epidemiologic Investigative Officers. Since leaving the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Ms. Collier has worked as a freelance editor and writer and has taught writing as an adjunct instructor at the college level. Freelance work has included writing instructional materials on human research participation, editing CME courses for oncology health practitioners, editing and compiling grant applications, and editing company newsletters and web content. In spite of growing up in New Orleans, Ms. Collier speaks fluent English (and because of it, a good bit of French).
|Journal articles, annual reports, technical reports, abstracts
While at The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, I edited hundreds of journal articles published in peer-reviewed academic and professional journals. I worked in infectious diseases, AIDS/HIV, sexually transmitted diseases, hospital infections, vector-borne diseases, hemophilia, rabies, psychology, and respiratory illnesses. I was a regular editor for the CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, and oversaw the editing and production of the CDC Annual Rabies Report. My work included editing abstracts and presentations for international science and medical meetings.
Educational and instructional materials
Materials include (but are not limited to):
- Writing of a 12-CD-ROM training program on the history and requirements for the use of human participants in HIV/AIDS. Such programs are required by research institutions, domestic and foreign, that wish to conduct AIDS/HIV research funded by the U.S. government.
- Contintuing Medical Education materials in oncology for Physican Assistants, Registered Nurses and Nurse Practitioners.
- Test questions for the licensing of physicians
Books and book chapters
While at CDC, I edited numerous chapters for textbooks and reference books. Freelance work includes Consultation on the pediatric burn unit by R. T. Brown et al in K.J. Tarnowski (Ed.), Behavioral aspects of pediatric burn injuries.
My experience includes both writing and editing of grant applications. I have worked on grants ranging from a one million-dollar AIDS/HIV award from the National Institutes of Health to a several thousand-dollar Small Business Administration grant for a local health research company. Subsequent to the award, I served on the Internal Review Board for that grant for one year. While at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, I frequently reviewed grant applications for public health funds for AIDS/HIV counseling projects. Having worked on both sides of the grants process has given me insight into what makes a good fit between grantor and grantee and awareness of the importance of attention to detail, due diligance, and the need for clarity in expressing process objectives and outcome objectives.
Newsletters, press releases, corporate annual reports, short articles
I have written press releases for the King Country Health Department in Seattle, WA, and newsletters for various non-profit organizations here in Pennsylvania. As a news reporter, of course, I have written many news and feature stories, as well as interviews, investigative pieces, and encyclopedia entries.