Debra Madden

Debra Madden - Editor

New Haven, CT, USA

Freelance writer, editor, and blogger with a special interest in medical and health topics, though I also focus on additional topics

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My professional experience includes more than 20 years of content writing, editing, proofreading, and blogging on multiple topics, with a special interest in scientific and medical topics, including behavioral health, oncology, neurology, health and wellness, clinical research, public health, advocacy, and more for consumers, healthcare providers, patients, clinical investigators, and other visitors and audiences.

Though my primary focus is on medical and health topics, I also write, edit, and blog on a wide range of topics, including small business, pets (primarily dogs, also a huge passion of mine!), advocacy, safety, politics, history, customer service, human resources topics, and more for consumers, advocates, healthcare providers, researchers, patients, pet owners, voters, and other visitors and audiences.

I have a sincere love for the written word and enjoy nothing more than "getting into the zone," researching new and complex topics and making them much more accessible, comprehensive, and actionable for readers and visitors.

For a sample of my work, please see my journal article entitled "From a Patient Advocate's Perspective: Does Cancer Immunotherapy Represent a Paradigm Shift?" in PubMed.

For a listing of my favorite, "can't live without" resources as a writer, please see the Books section below.

English (US)
Health & Wellbeing
Medicine, Nursing, & Dentistry


  • • Elected Member, Phi Beta Kappa • B.A., cum laude, Connecticut College, 1986


  • • Faculty, FDA/Duke, Accelerating Anticancer Agent Development and Validation Workshop (AAADV), 2015 • American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting, Patient Advocate Scholarship, 2014 • Drug Information Association (DIA) Patient Advocate Fellowship, 2013 • Research Advocacy Network, Clinical Trial Design in the Genomic Era Symposium, 2013 • National Cancer Institute (NCI)’s 6th Biennial Cancer Survivorship Research Conference: Translating Science to Care, Survivorship Advocate Program, 2012 • Department of Defense, Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP)’s Breast Cancer Research Program (BCRP) “Era of Hope” Conference Co-Chair, Symposium 4, 2011 • Research Advocacy Network, American Society for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Focus on Research Scholarship Program, 2010 • Alamo Breast Cancer Patient Advocate Program, Hot Topic Mentor Sessions, 31st Annual International San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, 2008 • NBCC’s Project LEAD® Clinical Trials (advanced science training program on breast cancer clinical research, including drug development process, trial design, endpoints, and critical evaluation of research protocols); November 2008, Virginia • National Breast Cancer Coalition’s (NBCC’s) Project LEAD® (science training program on cancer biology, genetics, epidemiology, research design, and advocacy); August 2008; Denver, CO • Elected Member, Phi Beta Kappa • B.A., cum laude, Connecticut College, 1986

Work experience

Freelance writer, editor, blogger, and proofreader

January, 2020 – Present (over 2 years)

Please see the above.

Portfolio (3 selected works)

The Elements of Style, Fourth Edition

Strunk JR., William, White, E.B.

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