Director Debra Sellers

Deb Sellers

Debra Sellers
Extension and Outreach
105 MacKay
Ames, IA 50011
Phone: 515-294-2312



Debra Sellers is the director of Human Sciences Extension and Outreach, as well as an associate dean in the College of Human Sciences at Iowa State University.
Her primary area of interest is adaptive living for people with aging-related limitations or disabilities and their families and caregivers, with an emphasis on supporting functional abilities through access to services and technology. She has more than 15 years of experience serving adults with disabilities, older adults, and families in a variety of settings, including long-term care facilities, retirement communities and government agencies. She was voted as one of her city’s most admired people in Manhattan, Kansas, and is a volunteer puppy raiser for Canine Companions for Independence®.

Professional Experience

Her previous experience in academia includes serving as an associate professor and extension specialist in the School of Family Studies and Human Services at Kansas State University. She also served a term as State Program Leader for K-State Research and Extension Family Studies and Human Services.


Debra earned a bachelor’s degree in English and master’s degree in recreational studies from University of Florida. She has an associate’s degree - occupational therapy assistant - from Barton County Community College. She received her doctorate in lifespan human development emphasizing gerontology from Kansas State University.