School of Nursing

David Harris Ph.D.


Office Location

325 Masterton Hall, 71 Bedford St, Portland ME


(207) 228-8178 (office); 207-228-5646 (cell)

Academic Degrees

  • Ph.D. Physiology & Biophysics, University of Vermont Medical School, 1990
  • Certificate - Anesthesia, Johns Hopkins Hospital School of Anesthesia, 1979
  • B.S. Nursing, Salem State College, 1975


Dr. Harris received his undergraduate degree in Nursing from Salem State College in 1975, his certificate in Anesthesia from the Johns Hopkins Hospital School of Anesthesia in 1979, and his PhD in Physiology and Biophysics from the University Of Vermont School Of Medicine in 1990. He has served on the faculty of the University of Southern Maine since 1995 where he has taught Anatomy & Physiology, Pathophsyiology, Genetics, Research Methods, and several interdisciplinary courses with basic science content. Dr. Harris’s researches community health issues in Maine.

Research Interests

Community health issues in Maine

Recent Publications

Harris, D.E., S. Roy, and S. Mayberry. Outdoor Smoke-Free Policies in Maine. Maine Policy Review. 21(2):92-100, 2012.

Harris, D.E., M. Bampton & A. Aboueissa. Two methods that define the scale of obesogenic environments: A case study of Lewiston–Auburn, Maine. Journal of Hunger & Environmental Nutrition. 8:11–21, 2013.

Harris, D.E., A. Aboueissa, K. Walter, & M. Bampton. Predictors of food insecurity in Lewiston, Maine: A community-level analysis. Journal of Hunger & Environmental Nutrition. 9:96–112, 2014.

Harris, D.E., A. Aboueissa, N. Baugh, C. Sarton, & E. Lichter. 11-Year Trends in Pregnancy-Related Health Indicators in Maine, 2000–2010, Journal of Pregnancy. Volume 2014, Article ID 780626. Available at: .

Harris, D.E., A. Aboueissa, C. Sarton & N. Baugh. Preconception and prenatal smoking among Maine women: Defining risk and determining the impact of efforts by care providers to promote cessation, Journal of Smoking Cessation. In Press.

Harris, D.E., B. Lelli & S. Mayberry. Electronic cigarettes in Maine: Health effects, marketing, use, and regulation. Maine Policy Review. In Press.