Deborah Firestone, MT(ASCP) SBB, Ed.D.
Clinical Associate Professor
Dr. Firestone is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Health Science Program. She is an active member of many SHTM and University committees and currently serves as the faculty director of the Undergraduate College of Human Development at Stony Brook University. In addition, she is the principal investigator of the Health Careers Opportunity Program at Stony Brook University, a 1.3 million dollar grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration that provides for a more diverse and competitive applicant pool of under- represented individuals in grades 7 through 12, as well as adults, to pursue careers in the allied health professions through programs that offer social, academic and/or career oriented support.
Dr. Firestone is passionate about giving back to her community and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind, Inc., an organization that helps people with disabilities gain new independence and mobility through their guide dogs. She has provided a home for five puppies until the dogs were old enough to return to the Foundation to begin training for their new careers.
She received her baccalaureate degree in Medical Technology from the University of Florida and shortly thereafter began working as a medical technologist in the transfusion service at Crawford W. Long Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. After moving to New York, she was employed in the transfusion service at The Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan before coming to Stony Brook University. She received a Master of Arts in Biological Sciences from Stony Brook University and a Doctorate of Education from St. John’s University.