Geriatric Mood and Cognitive Neuroscience Group

Geriatric Mood and Cognitive Neuroscience Group

The Geriatric Mood and Cognitive Neuroscience Group within the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry shares a common interest in assessment, prevention, and treatment of late-life depression and cognitive disorders of aging. Collectively, the group’s research expertise is diverse, including dietary/nutrition assessment, neuroimaging, epidemiology, neuropsychology, experimental studies of cognition and behavior, and cognitive-behavioral therapy. The group meets regularly to discuss ongoing and prospective research projects, and members frequently collaborate with each other on these projects. Individuals from the Duke community are encouraged to contact a group member if interested in research collaborations or scientific consultation.


Celia Hybels, PhD
Martha Payne, PhD, MPH
Guy Potter, PhD
Moria Smoski, PhD

Educational opportunities

The Medical Psychology Internship Program at Duke has rotations available for advanced training in care of older adults. Applicable rotations include: 1) the Memory Disorders Clinic and Geriatric Evaluation and Treatment Clinic within the Neuropsychology track, and 2) outpatient rotation for older adults within the Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment Concentration.

The Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship has a strong history of excellent training in innovative mental health care for older adults.

In addition, several training opportunities for students and postdoctoral trainees are available through the Duke Center for Aging and Human Development.

Junior faculty with a strong research interest in geriatric psychiatry may be interested in the Summer Research Institute in Geriatric Psychiatry and Advanced Research Institute in Geriatric Psychiatry. These programs provide national mentorship for scholars and assistance in applying for K and first R01 awards, respectively. Several Duke faculty members have served as mentors with the SRI and ARI programs.