Faculty

George Ake

Associate Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Psychiatry, Child & Family Mental Health and 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

University of Memphis

Grants

National Center for Child Traumatic Stress

University of California - Los Angeles

Academy on Child Traumatic Stress

University of California - Los Angeles

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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Publications

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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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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Domestic Violence and Families: Trauma-Focused Treatment Options.

PMID 27864488
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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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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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