Our Strategic Plan

The Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences embarked on a strategic planning process in 2019 that engaged more than 100 members of the department and resulted in a five-year strategic plan. Currently, we are in the second year of implementation. The plan is comprised of five pillars:
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Promote access to evidence-based behavioral health care and consultation across Duke Health to deliver integrated patient-centered care and improve the health and well-being of patients; develop and implement innovative care model and leverage interdisciplinary translational research.

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Create educational and training models that emphasize innovation, integration and rigor to attract and retain future leaders in the field.

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Produce innovative, ground-breaking science to elucidate and support psychiatric and behavioral health; share our science to enhance the well-being of individuals, families and our communities.

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Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Culture

Empower excellence through respect, inclusion, integrity and sharing of ideas to create an environment that preserves and fosters growth, meaning and purpose in our work to serve the community.

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Professional Development

Enrich the careers and work lives of faculty, providers, trainees and staff through professional growth, leadership development, and wellness support.

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Our Mission, Vision & Values

As part of the strategic planning process, the department also collaboratively defined our mission, vision and values:


Advance behavioral health together through:

  • Superior specialty and integrated patient care for all
  • Ground-breaking research
  • Exceptional training and education


  • Deliver seamless, high-quality behavioral health care
  • Translate scientific discoveries into innovative solutions
  • Develop and support leaders to advance behavioral health


Foster a positive culture and success in our mission through a commitment to:

  • Mutual respect and support
  • Equity, diversity, and inclusion
  • Excellence
  • Collaboration
  • Well-being
  • Community engagement