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Brandon Knettel

Post-Doctoral Fellow
Trent 334
(919) 668-5348
Brandon Knettel


Brandon is a postdoctoral associate with the DGHI and is working with Dr. Melissa Watt and Dr. Kathy Sikkema on projects related to the implementation of Option B+ for pregnant women with HIV in Tanzania and the prevention of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) and gender-based violence in South Africa. Brandon earned his doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Lehigh University in 2015, where he conducted research aimed at understanding geographical variation in explanations about the causes of mental illness, as well as ethnographic research exploring mental health treatment in Tanzania. He has also completed research examining the value of community-based interventions to promote health among U.S. refugee populations and program evaluation for UNICEF-sponsored community health worker (CHW) training programs in Haiti. Brandon completed his clinical training at Duke Integrative Medicine and is a licensed psychologist in the state of North Carolina.

Favorite country I've traveled to and why: Greece. It is a country that really seems to have everything a traveler could want - friendly people, wonderful history, beautiful scenery, and delicious food!

To start a conversation with me, ask me about: Cycling. I became involved with the sport during graduate school and enjoy riding with the Duke Cycling team and competing as a member of a local club.

Favorite food: Ice cream.