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Thank 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!

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: ADHD in Girls & Women

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The Duke ADHD Program has launched the Duke Center for Girls & Women with ADHD! The center was established through a generous donation from a family who understands firsthand the struggle many girls and women with ADHD face in obtaining an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment.  

Studies show that girls with ADHD are more likely to be diagnosed with another psychiatric condition before ADHD is recognized, resulting in delayed diagnosis and treatment for ADHD. Untreated ADHD in girls and women has been linked to numerous negative outcomes, including a higher risk for unplanned pregnancies, eating disorders, mood disorder, self-harm and more. 

The Duke Center for Girls & Women with ADHD aims to address the unique needs of girls and women with ADHD by providing educational resources for patients, families, clinicians and educators. Additionally, engaging in community outreach and conducting innovative research will allow the center to achieve its mission of positively impacting the lives of girls and women with ADHD and ensuring that they reach their full potential.    

Follow the center on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook visit the center’s new website to learn more about ADHD in girls and women, access educational resources and stay up to date with center initiatives by signing up for the newsletter

Girls with ADHD—and the women they will become—deserve the best evidence-based approaches possible to help them navigate their lives. We invite you to partner with us through a one-time or recurring donation. Together, we can make a transformative difference for countless girls and women and their families.

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Other Giving Opportunities

Duke Behavioral Health Center North Durham

Naming opportunities for the brand new Duke Behavioral Health 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 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! 

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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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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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 Pope

Morgan P. Pope, Director of Development
Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Duke Health Development and Alumni Affairs
300 W. Morgan Street, Suite 1200
Durham, NC 27701
Phone: (919) 451-5093