Debbie has a Bachelor of Applied Science from Curtin University. She has worked with the Cyclone Testing Station as a research officer for over 15 years on projects to improve the resilience of buildings to severe winds and to investigate damage to buildings following extreme wind events in all areas of Australia. Debbie has investigated damage to buildings and houses following Cyclones Larry and Yasi in Queensland and George and Olwyn in WA, and has assessed construction practices in housing in cyclone-prone regions of Australia and the Pacific. Debbie is currently part of the team working on the North Queensland Strata Title Inspection Program.