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Rae Jean Proeschold-Bell

Assistant Research Professor, Global Health
Duke Global Health Institute
Health Policy, Center for

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Rae Jean Proescholdbell


Rae Jean Proeschold-Bell, Ph.D., focuses her research on the joint treatment of mental and physical health. She has research interests in the areas of clergy health, hepatitis C, substance abuse, and integration of care within systems. As someone trained in both clinical and community psychology, Rae Jean is interested in the impact of systems on individuals, and also in the environmental contexts experienced by individuals. Currently, Rae Jean is co-Principal Investigator of the Duke University Clergy Health Initiative, which seeks to understand and improve the health of United Methodist clergy in North Carolina, and includes a two-year holistic health intervention for clergy called Spirited Life.

Rae Jean and Andrew Muir, both PIs under the NIH multiple PI mechanism, received a five-year grant in September 2013 from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism to test an innovative integration treatment model for persons with hepatitis C and alcohol use (Hep ART). The treatment model integrates mental and physical health care through more integrated systems at the clinic level (e.g., placing addictions therapists on-site in liver clinics) and through therapy content (e.g., sessions discussing liver health, nutrition, stress, and alcohol use). In addition to testing this model at the Duke Liver Clinic, they are pleased to partner with Michael Fried and Donna Evon at the UNC Liver Clinic, and with Susanna Naggie at the Durham Veterans Affairs Liver Clinic.



Recent Publications

Proeschold-Bell, R.J., Yang, C., Toth, M., Rivers, M., & Carder, K. (2013). Closeness to God among those doing God's work: A spiritual well-being measure for clergy. DOI: 10.1007/s10943-013-9682-5.

LeGrand, S., Proeschold-Bell, R.J., James, J., & Wallace, A. (2013). Healthy leaders: Multilevel health promotion considerations for diverse United Methodist Church pastors. Journal of Community Psychology, 41(3), 303-321, DOI: 10.1002/jcop.21539.

Miles, A., & Proeschold-Bell, R.J. (2013). Overcoming the challenges of pastoral work?: Peer support groups and mental distress among United Methodist Church clergy. Sociology of Religion: A Quarterly Review, 74(2), DOI: 10.1093/socrel/srs055.

Proeschold-Bell, R.J., Miles, A., Toth, M. Adams, C, Smith, B., & Toole, D. (2013). Using effort-reward imbalance theory to understand high rates of depression and anxiety among clergy. Journal of Primary Prevention, doi: 10.1007/s10935-013-0321-4.

Proeschold-Bell, R.J., Swift, R., Bennett, G., Moore, H. E., Li, X., Blouin, R., Williams, V., Williams, R., & Toole, D. (2013). Use of a randomized multiple baseline design: Rationale and design of the Spirited Life holistic health intervention study. Contemporary Clinical Trials, 35, 138-152, doi: 10.1016/j.cct.2013.05.005.

Reif, S., Proeschold-Bell, R.J., Yao, J., LeGrand, S., *Uehara, A., *Asiimwe, E., & Quinlivan, E.B. (2013). Three types of self-efficacy are associated with medication adherence among patients with co-occurring HIV and substance use disorders, but only when mood disorders are present. Journal of Multidisciplinary Healthcare, 2013(6), 229-237, DOI: