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Duke is on the forefront in the fight against Alzheimer’s. I made gifts through my late friend Kitty Wrenn’s trust to honor her legacy and provide hope for families facing memory disorders. Marjorie Bekaert Thomas W.C.’69Thank you for considering a contribution in support of mental and behavioral health initiatives at Duke. We are grateful to have friends like you who share our commitment to provide compassionate patient care, train the best and brightest, and discover new therapies through creative innovation and cutting-edge research. And there are many meaningful ways to make a difference!

In 1940, our founding chair Richard S. Lyman set the department on a course of excellence in patient care, education and research. Today, our leadership, faculty, trainees and staff remain deeply committed to our rich heritage and are dedicated to accelerating the pace of discovery, ultimately leading to life-changing health care for patients in North Carolina and around the world.

Our philanthropic partners often choose to support one of our “greatest need” funds, listed below, or a particular clinical or research program.

Featured Giving Opportunity: Eating Disorders

Screen Shot from DCED WebsiteThrough the generosity of the Brody Brothers Foundation, associate professor Nancy Zucker, PhD, and the Duke Center for Eating Disorders (DCED) launched an engaging online community focused on building lives filled with vitality and meaning.  

At the heart of the DCED’s mission is a desire to support families navigating the complex challenges of eating disorders, no matter their geographical location. Your generosity will directly impact Dr. Zucker's goal of building an engaging and supportive community, equipping families with powerful information and tools and delivering compassionate care via telehealth services through this web platform.

For more than 40 years, the Brody Brothers Foundation has supported entities involved in medical education, research and innovative solutions to overcome health challenges, and we are extremely grateful for their ongoing philanthropy and partnership.

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Other Giving Opportunities

Naming Opportunities for the New Behavioral Health Center

New Behavioral Health Center Drawing - ExteriorNaming opportunities for the brand new Duke Behavioral Health Center North Durham at Duke Regional Hospital are now available.

We couldn't be more excited about the new center, scheduled to open in Spring 2020! It's part of a hospital expansion—the largest construction project since its doors opened in 1976—that will enhance the hospital’s emergency medicine and behavioral health capabilities. 

The project will increase private rooms in the emergency department and Clinical Decision Unit as well as join inpatient, outpatient and emergency behavioral health services as part of a 112,000-square-foot centralized behavioral health center, consolidating services from Duke University Hospital and Duke Regional Hospital. 

Duke Behavioral Health Center North Durham will incorporate an exercise room, outdoor courtyards, natural light, a dedicated family visitation room, more group therapy space and other accommodations that enhance the patient and caregiver experiences. 

Naming opportunities start at $25,000. Please contact Morgan Pope, director of development, at (919) 451-5093 or to learn more. 

Want to see and hear more about the new center and how it will help us improve care for our behavioral health patients? Check out this video! 


Chair's Priority Fund

Gifts to the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences “Chair’s Priority Fund” allow the chair, Dr. Moira Rynn, MD, to say “yes” when exciting opportunities arise. Gifts to this fund might support activities such as an innovative research idea, an educational request from a resident or perhaps the expansion of a clinical program. By providing flexible support for the department’s critical mission, you’re helping us stay nimble and responsive as we strive to meet our ambitious goals in patient care, research and education.

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The Next Generation Fund for Education

Training the next generation of psychologists and psychiatrists is a cornerstone of our work and a critical need for the future of behavioral health care in our communities. A gift to the Next Generation Fund for Education can support trainee professional development, sponsor well-being activities or offset the cost of important expenses such as books and board certification preparation.  

Annual philanthropic opportunities in support of the residency programs include: 

  • $5,000 – Annual spring resident retreat
  • $3,000 – Chief resident retreat
  • $1,000 – Psychiatry books for a class of residents (e.g., Stahl’s Prescriber’s Guide, Manual of Clinical Psychopharmacology or Learning Cognitive Behavioral Therapy)
  • $500 – Sponsor a resident social event (e.g., Durham Bulls game, beach day picnic, night at a drive-in theater)

Annual philanthropic opportunities in support of the psychology programs include:

  • $5,000 – Annual psychology postdoctoral and internship training retreat
  • $3,000 – Sponsor psychology trainees to present at a national conference.
  • $1,000 – Psychology books for a class of psychology interns
  • $500 – Sponsor a psychology trainee social event (e.g., Durham Bulls game, beach day picnic, night at a drive-in theater)

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Specific Research Programs

Some donors may want to invest in research programs that are personally meaningful to them, such as research on a disorder that has impacted a family member. Learn more about our research programs.

To discuss philanthropic opportunities in specific areas of research, contact Morgan Pope, director of development, at (919) 451-5093 or

To discuss specific giving opportunities and learn how you can help, please contact:
Morgan P. Pope, Director of Development
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Duke Health Development and Alumni Affairs
300 W. Morgan Street, Suite 1200
Durham, NC 27701
Phone: (919) 451-5093