Her teaching and research focus on family care, gender, and cultures of illness and health in Ghana. Her publications include
- Atobrah, Deborah, and Albert K. Awedoba. (2017). "Men Play, Women Break the Town: Gender and Intergenerational Asymmetry in Sexual and Reproductive Worldview Among the Ga of Ghana." Sexuality & Culture: 1-22.
- Atobrah, Deborah. (2016). Elderly women, community participation and family care in Ghana:
Lessons from HIV response and AIDS Orphan care in Manya Krobo. Ghana Studies 2016 (19) pp 73-94.
- Atobrah, Deborah and Akosua Adomako Ampofo. (2016). Expressions of Masculinity and Femininity in Husbands’ Care of Wives with Cancer in Accra. African Studies Review. Vol 59 (10) 175-197.
- Atobrah, Deborah. (2013) “Caring for the Seriously Ill in a Ghanaian Society: Glimpses from the Past.” Ghana Studies Volume 15/16 2013/2014.
- Atobrah, Deborah. (2013). “Breast Cancer Research in Ghana: a Focus on Social Science Perspectives” In Aikins de graft Ama, et al. (Eds.) Chronic Non Communicable Diseases in Ghana: Multidisciplinary Perspectives. University of Ghana Reader. Sub Saharan Publishers: Accra.
- Atobrah, Deborah. (2012). “When Darkness Falls at Mid-Day: Young Patients’ Perceptions and Meanings of Chronic Illness and their Implications for Medical Care”. Ghana Medical Journal, Special Issue on Chronic Illness. (Issue Editor Ama de Graft Aikins).
- Atobrah, Deborah. 2009 “Stigma in the Care of People Living with HIV/AIDS and Cancer in Accra”. In C. Oppong, K. Waerness, and P. Antwi, (Eds.). Care of the Seriously Sick and Dying. BRIC, Unifob Global, University of Bergen, Norway. Pp 114-145.
- Atobrah, Deborah. 2006 Care of Orphans in Manya Krobo. Studies in the Cultures of Care, Vol. 2 Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana, Legon. Pp1-70.
- Atobrah, Deborah. 2004 “Children of Dead Mothers and Disappeared Fathers”. Supplement 16- ‘Children at Risk.’ Research Review, Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana. Pp. 59-76