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 positive mental health, clergy health, hepatitis C, 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 is PI of Caregiver Flourishing, an interdisciplinary, cross-cultural study seeking to understand pathways for caregivers sustaining positive mental health while caring for people who are suffering through interviews, surveys, and diaries of caregivers of orphans living in four countries (India, Kenya, Ethiopia, and Cambodia) and of four religious traditions (Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism). This study is funded by the John Templeton Foundation and Saint Louis University.
In addition, Rae Jean is multiple PI, with Andrew Muir, MD, on an NIH-funded randomized controlled trial testing 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 enhanced 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).
As Advisor and Founding Director of the DGHI Evidence Lab, Rae Jean seeks to improve the world's health through rigorous evaluation. She strives to use and improve upon innovative research designs, and has conducted under-utilized yet high-inference research designs, including Interrupted Time Series analysis and randomized multiple baseline designs.
Skalski, L., Watt, M.H., MacFarlane, J.C., Proeschold-Bell, R.J., Stout, J.E., Sikkema, K. (2015). Mental health and substance use among patients in a North Carolina HIV clinic. North Carolina Medical Journal, 76, 148-155. DOI:10.18043/ncm.76.3.148.n
Blouin, R., & Proeschold-Bell, R.J. (2015). Measuring stress in a clergy population: Lessons learned from cognitive interview testing of the Perceived Stress Scale with clergy. Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion, 26, 141-154
Proeschold-Bell, R.J., Reif, S., Taylor, B., Patkar, A., Mannelli, P., Yao, J., & Quinlivan, B. (2015). A social worker %u2013 HIV medical provider integrated treatment to address substance use and HIV. Health & Social Work. DOI: 10.1093/hsw/hlv088n
Eagle, D.E., & Proeschold-Bell, R.J. (2015). Methodological considerations in the use of name generators and interpreters. Social Networks, 40, 75-83. DOI: 10.1016/j.socnet.2014.07.005.
Proeschold-Bell, R.J., Yang, C., Toth, M., Rivers, M., & Carder, K. (2014). Closeness to God among those doing God's work: A spiritual well-being measure for clergy. Journal of Religion and Health, 53(3), 878-894. DOI: 10.1007/s10943-013-9682-5.
Skalski, L., Watt, M.H., MacFarlane, J.C., Proeschold-Bell, R.J., Stout, J.E., Sikkema, K. (Forthcoming). Mental health and substance use among patients in a North Carolina HIV clinic. North Carolina Medical Journal.
Georggi Walther, N., Proeschold-Bell, R. J., Benjamin Neelon, S.E., Adipo, S., & Kamaara, E. (2014). "We hide under the Scriptures": Conceptualization of health among United Methodist Church clergy in Kenya. Journal of Religion and Health. DOI: 10.1007/s10943-014-9947-7.
Proeschold-Bell, R.J., Yao, J., Gorthala, S., & Muir, A.J. (Forthcoming). Development of a measure of hepatitis C-alcohol knowledge. Journal of Alcohol and Drug Education.
Proeschold-Bell, R.J., Reif, S., Taylor, B., Patkar, A., Mannelli, P., Yao, J., & Quinlivan, B. (Forthcoming). A social worker-HIV medical provider integrated treatment to address substance use and HIV. Health & Social Work.