Education and Fellowships

Education and Fellowships

We provide clinical and research education of medical students, psychiatric residents and post-doctoral research fellows focused on evaluating the effectiveness of public behavioral health interventions, how effective behavioral health services can be disseminated and how behavioral health policies can be informed by the best available evidence.

Psychiatry Residency Education

PGY-II Social and Community Psychiatry Series – Duke Psychiatry residents in the PGY-II participate in a weekly seminar series. Part I focuses on systems of care for seriously mentally ill individuals. Part II focuses on forensic psychiatry. Topics include areas of forensic psychiatry encountered in general psychiatry practice.

Representative PGY-II Seminars
Part 1: Organization and Financing of Care
History of Care for Individuals with Severe & Persistent Mental Illness (SPMI)
The Journey of Sylvia Frumkin in the Mental Health System
Psychiatric Rehabilitation
The Role of the Family in Caring for Adults with SPMI
Crisis Services
Financing Mental Health Care
Cultural Issues in Mental Health Care
Topics in Psychiatric Epidemiology
Topics in Global Mental Health

Violence and Psychiatric Disorder

Part 2: Law and Psychiatry
Introduction to the Law & Legal System
The Psychiatrist as Expert Witness
Child & Family Forensic Issues
Psychiatric Malpractice
Violence Risk Assessments
Competency to Stand Trial
Personal Injury/Disability
Insanity Defense/Criminal Responsibility
Capital Punishment & Psychiatry

Continuing Education Conferences

Duke AHEC Program—Seeks to help develop the behavioral health workforce in North Carolina through continuing education and technical assistance to providers across North Carolina through the Area Health Education Center Program. Programs are offered through the nine regional AHECs across NC. The focus is on disseminating and implementing evidence-based practices for rural and underserved populations. The program also sponsors educational experiences for trainees in community-based behavioral health settings.

Fellowship Program 

UNC-Duke Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Mental Health Services Research

The Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, in partnership with the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at Duke University Medical Center, offers postdoctoral training opportunities for qualified candidates. Other collaborating units at UNC-CH include the Department of Social Medicine and the Department of Psychiatry. The program is supported by a National Research Service Award (NRSA) Institutional Training Grant from the National Institute of Mental Health of the U.S. Public Health Service.

The Program is intended to expand the pool of investigators capable of undertaking policy-relevant mental health services and systems research. It will assist persons with a doctoral degree in sociology, psychology, anthropology, social work, psychiatry, public health or related fields to gain experience in applying research methods to the systematic analysis and evaluation of mental health services and public policy issues. The emphases of the training program are the organization, financing, utilization, quality, and evaluation of mental health care services; public policies for ensuring access to such services; and the social epidemiology of mental disorders. The Program is committed to multidisciplinary training, a public sector orientation, and a special focus on persons with a severe and persistent mental illness. To apply, residents contact: Joseph Morrissey, Ph.D., UNC-Chapel Hill, CB#7590, Sheps Ctr. for Health Services Research, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7590; telephone: (919)966-5829;