Global Mental Health Program

The Duke Global Mental Health Program 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

Amy Corneli

Amy Corneli

Associate Professor in Population Health Sciences

Dorothy Dow

Dorothy Dow

Associate Professor in Pediatrics: Infectious Diseases

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

Sharla Rent

Sharla Rent

Medical Instructor in the Department of Pediatrics

Tiarney Ritchwood

Tiarney Ritchwood

Assistant Professor of Family Medicine & Community Health and Global Health

Kathryn Whetten

Kathryn Whetten

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

Trainees

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

Graduate Students

Ismail Shekibula

Ismail Shekibula

Master of Science in Global Health Student

Gayane Baziyants

Gayane Baziyants

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

Nikhita Gopisetty

Nikhita Gopisetty

Master of Science in Global Health Student

Natan Nascimento de Oliveira

Natan Nascimento de Oliveira

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

Justin Rasmussen

Justin Rasmussen

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

Savannah Johnson

Savannah Johnson

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

Undergraduates

Laura Wang

Laura Wang

Class of 2024

Rushil Knagaram

Rushil Knagaram

Class of 2024

Isha Shah

Isha Shah

Class of 2024

Paridhi Goel

Paridhi Goel

Class of 2024

Jeslyn Brouwers

Jeslyn Brouwers

Class of 2025

Brendan Kellerher

Brendan Kellerher

Brendan Kellerher

Madalyn Bielskis

Madalyn Bielskis

Class of 2025

Njoki Mwangi

Njoki Mwangi

Class of 2025

Melat Woldetensae

Melat Woldetensae

Class of 2025

Lauren Lloyd

Lauren Lloyd

Class of 2024

Umang Dhingra

Umang Dhingra

Class of 2026

Vanessa Santini Gomes

Vanessa Santini Gomes

Class of 2026

Allison Falls

Allison Falls

Class of 2024

Ashley Alcantar Magana

Ashley Alcantar Magana

Class of 2025

Post-Graduate Trainees

Rick Peter Fritz Wolthusen

Rick Peter Fritz Wolthusen

Psychiatry Resident, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences

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

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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Duke Global Mental Health Journal Club

Join our meetings between 12-1pm on the 2nd & 4th Friday of every month in Reuben-Cooke Classroom 238 and on Zoom.
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Contact

For more information contact Eve Puffer, Director of the Duke global mental health program.