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George Simpson Ake III, MA, PhD

Associate Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Division: 
Child & Family Mental Health & Developmental Neuroscience
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Office: Center for Child and Family Health, 1121 W. Chapel Hill St., Ste. 100, Durham, NC 27701

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 and Training

  • Ph.D., The University of Memphis, 2003
  • M.A., Appalachian State University, 1995

Publications

Powell, Byron J., Sheila V. Patel, Amber D. Haley, Emily R. Haines, Kathleen E. Knocke, Shira Chandler, Colleen Cary Katz, et al. “Determinants of Implementing Evidence-Based Trauma-Focused Interventions for Children and Youth: A Systematic Review.” Adm Policy Ment Health 47, no. 5 (September 2020): 705–19. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10488-019-01003-3.

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Chase, R. M., K. A. Carmody, M. Lent, R. Murphy, L. Amaya-Jackson, E. Wray, G. S. Ake, et al. “Disseminating parent-child interaction therapy through the learning collaborative model on the adoption and implementation of an evidence-based treatment.” Children and Youth Services Review 101 (June 1, 2019): 131–41. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2019.03.043.

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Amaya-Jackson, Lisa, Dana Hagele, John Sideris, Donna Potter, Ernestine C. Briggs, Leila Keen, Robert A. Murphy, et al. “Pilot to policy: statewide dissemination and implementation of evidence-based treatment for traumatized youth.” Bmc Health Serv Res 18, no. 1 (July 28, 2018): 589. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12913-018-3395-0.

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Starsoneck, Leslie, and George Ake. “Reconsidering Our Domestic Violence System.” N C Med J 79, no. 2 (March 2018): 127–29. https://doi.org/10.18043/ncm.79.2.127.

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Hanson, Rochelle, Jason Lang, Jennifer Goldman-Fraser, Jenifer Agosti, Katelyn Donisch, and Abigail Gewritz. “Trauma-Informed Care: Definitions and Statewide Initiatives.” In The Apsac Handbook on Child Maltreatment, edited by J Bart Klika and Jon Conte, 272–91. Los Angeles: Sage Publications, Incorporated, 2018.

Scholars@Duke

Lang, J. M., G. Ake, B. Barto, J. Caringi, C. Little, M. J. Baldwin, K. Sullivan, et al. “Trauma Screening in Child Welfare: Lessons Learned from Five States.” Journal of Child and Adolescent Trauma 10, no. 4 (December 1, 2017): 405–16. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40653-017-0155-y.

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Ake, G. S., and K. M. Sullivan. “Working with resource parents for trauma-informed foster care.” In Trauma Responsive Child Welfare Systems, 165–79, 2017. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-64602-2_10.

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Ake, George S. “Domestic Violence and Families: Trauma-Focused Treatment Options.” N C Med J 77, no. 6 (November 2016): 399–400. https://doi.org/10.18043/ncm.77.6.399.

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Sullivan, Kelly M., Kathryn J. Murray, and George S. Ake. “Trauma-Informed Care for Children in the Child Welfare System: An Initial Evaluation of a Trauma-Informed Parenting Workshop.” Child Maltreat 21, no. 2 (May 2016): 147–55. https://doi.org/10.1177/1077559515615961.

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Murphy, Robert A., Holli E. Sink, George S. Ake, Karen Appleyard Carmody, Lisa M. Amaya-Jackson, and Ernestine C. Briggs. “Predictors of treatment completion in a sample of youth who have experienced physical or sexual trauma.” J Interpers Violence 29, no. 1 (January 2014): 3–19. https://doi.org/10.1177/0886260513504495.

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