Psychiatry Team Wins Grant to Foster Stronger Research Community

By Sarah Dwyer & Susan Gallagher

Duke's Office for Faculty Advancement has awarded seed grants to 13 faculty-led projects exploring new ideas and expanding existing initiatives to promote an equitable and inclusive academic environment at Duke.

The theme for this cycle is “Improving Departmental Climate and Building Community.” Project leaders represent the Divinity School, Nicholas School of the Environment, School of Medicine, School of Nursing, Pratt School of Engineering, Sanford School of Public Policy and Trinity College of Arts & Sciences.

A Duke Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences team, including Scott Compton, PhD, Alifia Hasan, MBA, Tuyen Phan, MBA, and Jonathan Posner, MD, received funding for their "Leadership in the Lab" proposal.

Leadership in the Lab


Scott Compton, PhD, Associate Professor in Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, School of Medicine, and Psychology & Neuroscience, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences


Alifia Hasan, MBA, Research Practice Manager, Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, School of Medicine

About the Project:

This three-part project will begin with a needs assessment to allow staff and faculty in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences to provide direct input into the nature and type of trainings needed to promote departmental community.

It will continue with workshops informed by the assessment and focused on leadership. Through interactive sessions, participants will learn methods to improve the performance of their teams and enhance collaboration, and they will practice applying their skills through simulations.

Evaluations at the start and conclusion will assess the project’s efficacy and guide future directions.

This article was adapted from the original article on the Duke Faculty Advancement website. Read the article to learn about the other projects funded through this program.

Image caption: (clockwise from top left) Scott Compton, PhD, Alifia Hasan, MBA, Jonathan Posner, MD, and Tuyen Phan, MBA.