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Rhonda M Merwin, PhD

Associate Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
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Adult Psychiatry & Psychology
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Office: 40 Medicine Circle, DUMC Box 3842, Durham, NC 27710
Campus Mail: DUMC Box 3320 Med Ctr, Durham, NC 27710

Rhonda M. Merwin, PhD, is a Licensed Psychologist and an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Dr. Merwin conducts research focused on identifying mechanisms of eating disorders, and innovating treatments, generally and specifically in the context of type 1 diabetes. She is particularly interested in the use acceptance, mindfulness and value-based interventions and mobile technology for momentary intervention and skills generalization. Her research is funded by the NIH (primarily NIDDK), among other sources. Dr. Merwin is recognized by the Association of Contextual Behavioral Science as an ACT trainer and is the Director of the ACT at Duke Clinical and Training Program. She maintains a small clinical practice within the Duke Clinic that uses ACT to treat problems in living, including anxiety, mood and eating disorders. For more information about Dr. Merwin's research, educational and clinical activities, see ACTatDuke.org.

Education and Training

  • Ph.D., University of Mississippi, 2006

Publications

Chong, Yuen Yu, Wai Tong Chien, Ho Yu Cheng, Demetris Lamnisos, Jeļena Ļubenko, Giovambattista Presti, Valeria Squatrito, et al. “Patterns of Psychological Responses among the Public during the Early Phase of COVID-19: A Cross-Regional Analysis.” Int J Environ Res Public Health 18, no. 8 (April 14, 2021). https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18084143.

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Hayes, S. C., R. M. Merwin, L. McHugh, E. K. Sandoz, J. G. L. A-Tjak, F. J. Ruiz, D. Barnes-Holmes, et al. “Report of the ACBS Task Force on the strategies and tactics of contextual behavioral science research.” Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science 20 (April 1, 2021): 172–83. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcbs.2021.03.007.

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Smith, Patrick J., and Rhonda M. Merwin. “The Role of Exercise in Management of Mental Health Disorders: An Integrative Review.” Annu Rev Med 72 (January 27, 2021): 45–62. https://doi.org/10.1146/annurev-med-060619-022943.

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Merwin, Rhonda M., Ashley A. Moskovich, Michael Babyak, Mark Feinglos, Lisa K. Honeycutt, Jan Mooney, Sara P. Freeman, Heather Batchelder, and Devdutta Sangvai. “An open trial of app-assisted acceptance and commitment therapy (iACT) for eating disorders in type 1 diabetes.” J Eat Disord 9, no. 1 (January 6, 2021): 6. https://doi.org/10.1186/s40337-020-00357-6.

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Smith, Colin M., Alissa Stavig, Peter McCann, Ashley A. Moskovich, and Rhonda M. Merwin. “"Let's Talk About Your Note": Using Open Notes as an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Based Intervention in Mental Health Care.” Front Psychiatry 12 (2021): 704415. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyt.2021.704415.

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Gloster, Andrew T., Demetris Lamnisos, Jelena Lubenko, Giovambattista Presti, Valeria Squatrito, Marios Constantinou, Christiana Nicolaou, et al. “Impact of COVID-19 pandemic on mental health: An international study.” Plos One 15, no. 12 (2020): e0244809. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0244809.

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Koushiou, Maria, Rhonda M. Merwin, Drew Anderson, and Maria Karekla. “An investigation of the affective experience of females at high risk for eating disorders in general and pathology-specific contexts.” Appetite 141 (October 1, 2019): 104306. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.appet.2019.05.037.

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Merwin, Rhonda, Sarah O’Rourke, Lindsay Ives, Stine Harstad, and Taylor Brooks. “Third-wave cognitive behavioral therapies for the treatment of anxiety among children and adolescents.” In Pediatric Anxiety Disorders, edited by Scott Compton, Marianne Villabo, and Hanne Kristensen. Academic Press, 2019.

Scholars@Duke

Moskovich, Ashley A., Natalia O. Dmitrieva, Michael A. Babyak, Patrick J. Smith, Lisa K. Honeycutt, Jan Mooney, and Rhonda M. Merwin. “Real-time predictors and consequences of binge eating among adults with type 1 diabetes.” J Eat Disord 7 (2019): 7. https://doi.org/10.1186/s40337-019-0237-3.

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Nieuwsma, Jason A., Laura O. Wray, Corrine I. Voils, Jennifer M. Gierisch, Margaret Dundon, Cynthia J. Coffman, George L. Jackson, et al. “A problem-solving intervention for cardiovascular disease risk reduction in veterans: Protocol for a randomized controlled trial.” Contemp Clin Trials 60 (September 2017): 42–50. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cct.2017.06.001.

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