Brandon Knettel

Associate Director, Duke Center for Global Mental Health

Assistant Professor of Nursing and Global Health

Brandon Knettel, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist and Assistant Professor with a primary appointment in the Duke University School of Nursing and a secondary appointment in the Duke Global Health Institute. He is also Associate Director of the Duke Center for Global Mental Health. He specializes in mental health intervention development and capacity building, with a focus on health behavior, care engagement, stigma reduction, nurse-led models of care, 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 K08 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 a grant to expand expertise in mental health nursing in Moshi, and was co-PI of a DGHI pilot grant to improve the understanding of cancer-related stigma in Tanzania.