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 Awarded $12M Research Grant to Use Artificial Intelligence to Detect Autism
The Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development has been awarded a $12 million federal grant to develop artificial intelligence tools for detecting autism during infancy and identifying brain-based biomarkers of autism.
Duke Psychiatry Trainees Receive Numerous Awards & Honors
Congratulations to our trainees on the many external awards and honors they earned during the 2021-2022 academic year.
A Champion for Affirming, Culturally Responsive Health Care
Understanding intersecting cultural identities — and providing care that respects and affirms those identities — is at the heart of Tyson Pankey’s work as a clinician, educator, and researcher. Pankey, who joined the Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences faculty in September 2021, wants to help flip the script on how health care providers talk to and care for people in the LGBTQ+ community.
COVID Deaths Left Orphans: To Their Loss, Add Lifelong Health Risks
Avion Simon and his siblings are among the more than 200,000 children and teens who have lost a parent or caregiver to COVID. Experts including Duke Psychiatry's Dr. Ernestine Briggs-King say—and research has demonstrated—that the trauma of losing a parent can have lifelong effects on our mental as well as physical health. This brief Scientific American documentary explores Avion's experience as an orphan, the effects of adverse childhood experiences and what can be done to minimize the long-term consequences of traumas like this one
Medical Sociologist Jeffrey Swanson on the Complex Puzzle of Gun Violence
Jeffrey Swanson, PhD, can answer a lot of questions about gun violence. But as public shootings with multiple casualties have seemed to become an epidemic, Swanson has juggled a heavy schedule of media interviews in which reporters repeatedly ask a question he can't answer: why? In this article, he discusses some of the complexities of the issue.
Pandemic Generation: Kids in Crisis
A new documentary from local TV station WRAL, "Pandemic Generation: Kids in Crisis," shines a light on the real, lasting impacts of remote learning, quarantine and the uncertainty our kids have endured over the past two years. Duke Psychiatry's Ernestine Briggs-King, PhD, Robin Gurwitch, PhD, and Gary Maslow, MD, MPH, are among the featured mental health experts.
Team Works to Promote Neurodiversity at Duke
Over the past year, leaders from the Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development, Office for Institutional Equity, Faculty Advancement, and Disability Management have met with Duke students and team members from the university and health system to discuss how to better support inclusion and equity efforts related to neurodiversity across the Duke campus.
Murali Doraiswamy Gives Senate Testimony on Digital Tools in Mental Health
P. Murali Doraiswamy, MBBS, FRCP, gave expert testimony to the U.S. Senate Armed Forces Subcommittee on Personnel on April 6, 2022, at the U.S. Senate in Washington DC on the potential applications of digital tools in mental health. Learn more in this NC Policy Watch article.
Indications of Moral Injury Similar between Combat Veterans, COVID-19 Health Care Workers
COVID-19 health care workers experienced high rates of potential moral injury that are comparable to rates among military veterans, according to a collaborative study between Duke University, Vanderbilt University, and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The study was led by Duke Psychiatry's Jason Nieuwsma, PhD.
Uche Aneni, MBBS, MHS: Promoting Prevention & Increasing Access through Digital Interventions
Dr. Uche Aneni, who completed her psychiatry residency in 2018, is now an instructor of clinical child psychiatry in the Child Study Center in the Yale School of Medicine and the associate director of the play2PREVENT Lab at the Yale Center for Health & Learning Games. Read about her path from Ibadan, Nigeria, to New Haven, Connecticut.