Brandon Knettel, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist and Assistant Professor in the Duke University School of Nursing with a secondary appointment in the Duke Global Health Institute. His areas of specialization are global mental health and health behavior, with a focus on care engagement, stigma reduction, and mental health support for people living with HIV. At DGHI, he teaches a course in Global Mental Health for the Master's of Science in Global Health program.
Dr. Knettel’s international projects are primarily located in Moshi, Tanzania, where he completed a one-year VECD Fogarty Global Health Fellowship to evaluate a community health worker program for HIV care engagement. In 2021, he received a NIMH Career Development Award to develop a brief telehealth counseling intervention to address suicidal ideation and improve care engagement among people living with HIV in Tanzania. He is also leading pilot research to extend access to treatment for opioid use disorder in North Carolina, and was co-PI of a DGHI pilot grant to improve the understanding of cancer-related stigma in Tanzania.
Knettel BA, Knettel CT, Sakita F, Myers JG, Edward T, Minja L, et al. Predictors of ICU admission and patient outcome for traumatic brain injury in a Tanzanian referral hospital: Implications for improving treatment guidelines. Injury. 2022 Jun;53(6):1954–60.Semvua SK, Kim CY, Muiruri C, Peter TA, Mmbaga BT, Bartlett JA, et al. Predictors of Self-repackaging of Antiretroviral Therapy in Northern Tanzania. Am J Health Behav. 2022 Apr 20;46(2):124–33.McGee K, Bell L, Guilamo-Ramos V, Knettel BA, Randolph SD, Relf MV. HIV Clinician Workforce Shortage: Nurse Practitioners Filling the Gap. Journal for Nurse Practitioners. 2022 Jan 1;18(1):58–61.Knippler ET, Mwamba RN, Coleman JN, Knettel BA, Minja LM, Kisigo GA, et al. Attitudes Toward Pregnancy Among Women Enrolled in Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV (PMTCT) Services in Moshi, Tanzania. Aids and Behavior. 2021 Dec;25(12):4008–17.
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