George Ake

Associate Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Psychiatry, Child & Family Mental Health & Developmental Neuroscience
School of Medicine

Center for Child and Family Health, 1121 W. Chapel Hill St., Ste. 100, Durham, NC 27701

(919) 385-0726 george.ake@duke.edu

George (Tripp) Ake, PhD, is a Licensed Psychologist with over 20 years of experience in the field of child trauma treatment. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University Medical Center and an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry in the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine. Dr. Ake is also the Training and Implementation Program Director for the UCLA-Duke National Center for Child Traumatic Stress—the coordinating center for the SAMSHA-funded National Child Traumatic Stress Network and the Co-Training Director at the Center for Child and Family Health. Dr. Ake provides trauma treatment services at CCFH and supervises many of the psychology postdoctoral fellows, interns, and practicum students from Duke and UNC who provide services in the mental health clinic. He has extensive experience in providing trauma focused mental health treatment to children and adults and is becoming more well known for his work in using implementation science to guide selection, onboarding, and sustaining evidence-based treatments typically used to target symptoms secondary to trauma exposure in children. Dr. Ake’s research and training interests currently focus on implementation science, interpersonal violence, and trauma-informed child welfare practice.

Education & Training

M.A. 1995

Appalachian State University

Ph.D. 2003

The University of Memphis


Trauma Informed Technical Assistance to Minnesota Dept of Health

Minnesota Department of Health

Major League Baseball's Welcome Back Veterans

McCormick Foundation

National Center for Child Traumatic Stress

University of California - Los Angeles

Child Neglect: Psychobiological Consequences

National Institutes of Health
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Determinants of Implementing Evidence-Based Trauma-Focused Interventions for Children and Youth: A Systematic Review.

PMID 31813066
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Disseminating parent-child interaction therapy through the learning collaborative model on the adoption and implementation of an evidence-based treatment

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Pilot to policy: statewide dissemination and implementation of evidence-based treatment for traumatized youth.

PMID 30055619
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Reconsidering Our Domestic Violence System.

PMID 29563313
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Trauma-Informed Care: Definitions and Statewide Initiatives

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Trauma Screening in Child Welfare: Lessons Learned from Five States

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Working with resource parents for trauma-informed foster care

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Domestic Violence and Families: Trauma-Focused Treatment Options.

PMID 27864488
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Trauma-Informed Care for Children in the Child Welfare System: An Initial Evaluation of a Trauma-Informed Parenting Workshop.

PMID 26603357
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Predictors of treatment completion in a sample of youth who have experienced physical or sexual trauma.

PMID 24084895
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Complex trauma and mental health in children and adolescents placed in foster care: findings from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.

PMID 22533044
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Book Review: Understanding Child Maltreatment

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The influence of religious orientation and coping on the psychological distress of christian domestic violence victims

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