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Advancing Behavioral Health Together

Our 2022 annual report features highlights from our clinical, education and research missions; equity, diversity and inclusion initiatives; advocacy and media engagement; philanthropic efforts; and much more!

Read Select Articles from the Report:

Duke Psychologists Help Sickle Cell Patients Manage Pain & Boost Mental Health

In 2017, using state grant funds, the Duke Sickle Cell Center began contracting with Duke Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences to embed behavioral health care within the center. Under the contract, every patient who visits the clinic is offered free behavioral health services, regardless of their income level, insurance coverage, or network limits.

Duke Regional Hospital Rounds out Behavioral Health Team with Pharmacist

On a typical day at Duke Regional Hospital, you might find pharmacist Amber Kapuganti, PharmD, BCPP, rounding with the behavioral health inpatient team, consulting with psychiatric emergency department providers, answering trainees’ medication questions, leading games to teach patients about medication safety and usage, and advocating for new medications to be added to the hospital’s formulary. Kapuganti is the hospital’s first dedicated behavioral health pharmacist.

Innovative Study Seeks to Improve Suicide Prevention for College Students

The Comprehensive Adaptive Multisite Prevention of University Student Suicide (CAMPUS) trial aims to test more targeted, adaptive strategies to better treat the range of students experiencing suicidal ideation. Duke Psychiatry's Scott Compton, PhD, is the lead investigator for the Duke University arm of the study. Other participating institutions include Rutgers University, University of Nevada-Reno and University of Oregon.

Duke’s Psychology Consult Service Offers Inpatients a Touch of Therapy and Interns a Cherished Learning Experience

Duke Psychiatry's Jeremy Grove, PhD, directs the psychology consult service on Duke Regional Hospital’s inpatient unit. He and two clinical psychology doctoral interns—Mohammed Alsubaie, MS, and Julia Chafkin, MA, LPA—provide one-on-one consults with patients and facilitate group sessions to help patients build skills to cope with challenges in their lives.

National Center for Child Traumatic Stress Renewed at $40 Million

The UCLA-Duke National Center for Child Traumatic Stress (NCCTS) was awarded $40 million over five years to continue raising the standard of care and increasing access to services for children and their families across the U.S. who have experienced trauma. The NCCTS is co-directed by Lisa Amaya-Jackson, MD, MPH, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Duke and Jenifer Maze, PhD, in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at UCLA.

New Psychiatry Clerkship Director Seeks to Inspire Interest in Behavioral Health

As the new director of the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences clerkship program, Cerrone Cohen, MD, an assistant professor in both psychiatry and behavioral sciences and family medicine and community health, recognizes the valuable opportunity the clerkship gives Duke University medical students, while also getting equally energized about the vital long-term role it can play in preparing students to help address the mental health crisis in the U.S.

The Kids Are Not Alright: NC-PAL Expands Access to Pediatric Mental Health Services

Courtney Gardner, MSN, a pediatric nurse practitioner in Marion, North Carolina, has seen a tremendous increase in depression and anxiety among her patients in the past few years. However, there are very few pediatric mental health specialists in rural McDowell County or nearby counties — certainly not enough to meet demand. That’s why she is grateful for the support of NC-PAL, a telephone consultation and continuing education program for primary care providers who treat pediatric or perinatal patients with mental health concerns.

Dzirasa Wins Prestigious NIH Pioneer Award to Develop New Way To Fine-Tune Brain Circuits

The $3.5 million award will adapt a cell-linker protein in humans that improves crosstalk between brain regions in hopes of rewiring circuits that go awry in psychiatric disorders. The NIH has recognized Dzirasa as one of just eight scholars for the 2022 Director’s Pioneer Award, which specifically funds promising and often paradigm-shifting projects by exceptional researchers.

Yun Wang among Duke Science & Technology Seed Grant Awardees

The Office for Research & Innovation has awarded funding to eight, interdisciplinary projects as part of the inaugural Duke Science and Technology (DST) Launch Seed Grant Program. Duke Psychiatry assistant professor Yun Wang, PhD, was among the awardees.

Devoted Team of Trauma Champions Envisions Changes to the University Classroom

Since 2020, the Developing Best Practices for Trauma-Informed Teaching and Learning project team, led by team leaders Jan Holton, PhD, and Warren Kinghorn, MD, DTh, and project manager Stephanie Hargrove, PhD, has been exploring the ways that trauma impacts students’ experiences in higher education.