Deirdre Dingman

Associate Professor of Instruction
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Ritter Annex 949


Deirdre Dingman is an associate professor in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Temple University. Prior to joining the faculty at Temple in 2016, Dr. Dingman completed a RWJF post-doctoral fellowship in public health law research. Her degrees include a BS in social work, PBC in gerontology, an MPH and DrPH.

Dr. Dingman’s academic career was spread over many years, and she has practice experience in the fields of social work and public health. From 2000 to 2007, she worked in a psychiatric unit at a teaching hospital in North Carolina. Many of her patients were admitted for assistance with detox from drugs and/or alcohol and for placement into treatment programs. Many patients had co-occurring mental and physical disorders—that is, they suffered from drug or alcohol dependence, mental illness and chronic pain. The multidisciplinary treatment team managed these conditions utilizing best practices in patient care.

Dr. Dingman moved to Florida in 2007 and until 2010, she worked for an Area Health Education Center (AHEC). She was promoted to senior tobacco cessation specialist and educated healthcare professionals on the "5 As" of treating tobacco use and dependence. She left AHEC to further her education. As a doctoral student, Dr. Dingman was part of a team that studied risk drinking in college student athletes.

Dr. Dingman currently teaches several undergraduate and graduate courses. Her areas of expertise include tobacco, alcohol and, more recently, opioid dependence. She has personal, professional and educational experience in prevention and treatment of substance use and substance use disorder, and she recently received a SAMHSA grant to study the opioid crisis in higher education. Dr. Dingman continues to focus on reducing stigma and discrimination around substance use, especially through her service with the American Public Health Association's ATOD committee.


  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Public Health Law Research, Temple University
  • DrPH, Community Health Education, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • MPH, Community Health Education, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • BS, Social Work, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Curriculum Vitae 

Courses Taught




SBS 1105

Substance Use and Society


SBS 3496

Community-Based Health Program Planning I


SBS 3596

Community-Based Health Program Planning II


SBS 4185

Public Health Internship


SBS 5001

Fundamentals of Public Health


SBS 8006

Addictions and Dependencies


SBS 8105

Health Communication


CHP 3386

Diamond Peer Teachers - Internship II


Selected Publications

  • Dingman, D.A. (2023). Utilizing instructor practice experience to promote critical thinking for program proposals in an undergraduate public health course. J Am Coll Health, 71(1), pp. 36-39. United States. doi: 10.1080/07448481.2021.1885415

  • Dingman, D. & Bass, S.B. (2021). How the Coronavirus Inspired Teaching the Diffusion of Innovation Theory. CommonHealth, 2(2), pp. 40-46. doi: 10.15367/ch.v2i2.451

  • Dingman, D. & Zibalese-Crawford, M. (2021). Reducing substance use related stigma through expressions of artwork. Journal of Alcohol and Drug Education, 65(1), pp. 29-39.

  • Dingman, D., Wu, J., & Murphy, H.M. (2020). School-based, blacklight handwashing program can improve handwashing quality and knowledge among pre-school aged children. Eval Program Plann, 78, p. 101731. England. doi: 10.1016/j.evalprogplan.2019.101731