Center for Global Mental Health

The Duke Center for Global Mental Health is a hub to connect people at Duke engaged in research, teaching, or practice related to understanding or reducing mental health disparities globally and locally. Through this broad understanding of global mental health, we bring together members of the Duke community that represent a range of disciplines, perspectives, and topics of interest. 

Our faculty include psychologists, psychiatrists, nurses, policy experts, epidemiologists, biostatisticians, and physicians across multiple specialties integrating mental health into their research and clinical work. Our research spans mental health problems, populations, and contexts, and we conduct work that spans the prevention to treatment continuum. As a group, we are dedicated to conducting collaborative research and to providing experiential training opportunities in global mental health for students and early career researchers and practitioners. 

We are all now more aware than ever that mental health is an essential part of human health, and that this is one of the most underserved domains in health care. DGHI is already a leader in global mental health, and we are committed to expanding vital work in this area and to using innovation to address these enormous unmet needs.

Chris Beyrer, MD, MPH — Director, Duke Global Health Institute

Global Mental Health Faculty

Global mental health is a truly interdisciplinary field with expertise across Duke University and the Duke Health system. Here are some of the core faculty working on global mental health research, training and outreach.

Faculty

Eve Puffer

Eve Puffer

Director, Duke Center for Global Mental Health

Amy Corneli

Amy Corneli

Associate Professor in Population Health Sciences

Dorothy Dow

Dorothy Dow

Associate Professor in Pediatrics: Infectious Diseases

Joe Egger

Joseph Egger

Associate Professor of the Practice of Global Health

Eric Green

Eric Green

Associate Professor of the Practice of Global Health

Jen Landsford

Jen Lansford

S. Malcolm Gillis Distinguished Research Professor of Public Policy

Kathryn Whetten

Kathryn Whetten

Professor, Public Policy, Nursing, Community and Family Medicine and Global Health

Sarah Wilson

Sarah Wilson

Assistant Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Trainees

Duke students pursue global mental health research at the undergraduate, master’s and doctoral levels. Here are a few of our current trainees.

Post-Graduate Trainees

Rick Peter Fritz Wolthusen

Rick Peter Fritz Wolthusen

Psychiatry Resident, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences

Graduate Students

Gayane Baziyants

Gayane Baziyants

Doctoral Student, Joint Public Policy and Psychology Program, Sanford School of Public Policy, Department of Psychology & Neuroscience

Savannah Johnson

Savannah Johnson

Doctoral Student, Clinical Psychology, Department of Psychology & Neuroscience; DGHI Doctoral Scholar

Natan Nascimento de Oliveira

Natan Nascimento de Oliveira

Doctoral Student, Nursing, State University of Maringá, city of Maringá, Brazil

Yvonne Ochieng

Yvonne Ochieng

Doctoral Student, Clinical Psychology, Department of Psychology & Neuroscience

Justin Rasmussen

Justin Rasmussen

Doctoral Student, Clinical Psychology, Department of Psychology & Neuroscience; DGHI Doctoral Scholar

Brianda Barrera

Brianda Barrera

Master of Science in Global Health Student

Elcy Birgen

Elcy Birgen

Master of Science in Global Health Student

Nikhita Gopisetty

Nikhita Gopisetty

Master of Science in Global Health Student

Ashita Nazareth

Ashita Nazareth

Master of Science in Global Health Student

Paul Ngangula

Paul Ngangula

Master of Science in Global Health Student

Ismail Shekibula

Ismail Shekibula

Master of Science in Global Health Student

Undergraduates

Ashley Alcantar Magana

Ashley Alcantar Magana

Class of 2025

Madalyn Bielskis

Madalyn Bielskis

Class of 2025

Jeslyn Brouwers

Jeslyn Brouwers

Class of 2025

Umang Dhingra

Umang Dhingra

Class of 2026

Allison Falls

Allison Falls

Class of 2024

Paridhi Goel

Paridhi Goel

Class of 2024

Brendan Kellerher

Brendan Kellerher

Class of 2024

Rushil Knagaram

Rushil Knagaram

Class of 2024

Lauren Lloyd

Lauren Lloyd

Class of 2024

Njoki Mwangi

Njoki Mwangi

Class of 2025

Vanessa Santini Gomes

Vanessa Santini Gomes

Class of 2026

Isha Shah

Isha Shah

Class of 2024

Laura Wang

Laura Wang

Class of 2024

Melat Woldetensae

Melat Woldetensae

Class of 2025

Explore Projects, Education & News

Nikhita Gopisetty and supporting research assistants and field workers at the Public Health Research Institute of India
News

See news about mental health research and education

Judith Mwobobia at KCMC
Voices of DGHI

Learning Cancer’s Impact on Mental Health

Group with certificates
Projects

See DGHI active research projects involving mental health

Opportunities to Connect

Faculty and Postdoctoral Associate Position Announcements

Apply to join our team! The Center is conducting searches for a postdoctoral associate and an Assistant or Associate Professor. For full consideration, apply by March 1. For more information, see the postdoctoral and the faculty positions.

UNC/Duke Global Mental Health Seminar Series

A series of hybrid talks and events on global mental health hosted by UNC and Duke.
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Contact

For more information, please contact the Duke Center for Global Mental Health at dukegmh@duke.edu

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