Check out our news archive below to learn more about what’s happening in Duke Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences!
Duke Researchers Find Promising Results in Pre-Arrest Diversion Program for People who use Drugs
Led by Duke Psychiatry's Allison Gilbert, PhD, MPH, a Duke research team conducted a multi-site evaluation of North Carolina Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) programs, a pre-arrest initiative that aims to break the cycle of repeated arrest for low-level unlawful behavior among people who use drugs and instead connect them to program support and treatment services. Findings are detailed here.
Collaborative Peer Coaching Helps Support Neurosurgery Residents
Through a novel peer coaching initiative, Duke neurosurgery residents have an outlet to process their experiences in residency and learn strategies to help them cope with the challenges of graduate medical training. The initiative also gives clinical psychology doctoral interns in Duke Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences an opportunity to hone their skills in coaching, building connections with peer trainees, and facilitating small groups.
What to Know about Accessing Support, Academic Resources for Neurodiverse Students at Duke
Starting as a grassroots project, Neurodiversity Connections aims to help neurodivergent students access mental health care, academic resources and other relevant materials through existing organizations on campus. Duke Psychiatry's Tara Chandrasekhar, MD, is one of the co-founders of the group.
“Jodie’s Prom” Honors Duke Psychiatry Social Worker’s Legacy
Jodie Neukirch Elliott, who was born with a heart condition, was passionate about helping adolescents and young adults with chronic medical conditions; nowhere was this more evident than in her tireless work to create magical virtual Children's Prom experiences during the pandemic. She passed away on August 3, 2022, from complications related to a heart transplant. In honor of her creativity and dedication to making the annual event as special as possible for participants, the Duke Children’s Prom will be renamed “Jodie’s Prom.”
NCCARE360 Helps North Carolinians Address their Non-Medical Social Needs
Duke Health is among the health systems across the state that are using the NCCARE360 platform to better serve their patients. Susan Spratt, MD, associate professor of medicine, is leading the implementation at Duke, and Elena Tenenbaum, PhD, assistant professor in psychiatry and behavioral sciences, is spearheading the behavioral health facets of Duke’s efforts.
A Brain Game May Predict Your Risk of Infection
If your alertness and reaction time is see-sawing more than usual, you may be more at risk of a viral illness. That’s the key finding of an experiment led by University of Michigan researchers working in close collaboration with researchers at the Duke University School of Medicine—including Duke Psychiatry's P. Murali Doraiswamy, MBBS, FRCP—and the University of Virginia.
A More Diverse Biomedical and Healthcare Workforce Is Within Our Reach
In this opinion piece published in Modern Healthcare, Kathryn Dickerson, PhD, and Kafui Dzirasa, MD, PhD, of Duke Psychiatry and Tracie Locklear, PhD, of North Carolina Central University, explain how companies and universities can partner to bring more people of color into careers in medical research.
Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellows Meet Children Where They Are: In Schools
For second-year child and adolescent psychiatry fellow Aishwarya Rajagopalan, DO, MHS, the fellowship’s school consultation rotation is a golden opportunity “to engage with a system that plays a really big role in the outcome of the care we deliver and to see what happens ‘on the other side,’ outside of our clinic,” which she says can sometimes feel like a vacuum.
Fifth-Year Med-Psych Resident Cameron Strong Reflects on His Journey
Cameron Strong’s advice to prospective and current trainees, regardless of their specialty, is to keep an open mind. He believes taking advantage of a variety of opportunities, even if they don’t seem directly related to their future plans, can help trainees grow as people and as clinicians. It’s an approach he takes to heart, and if he hadn’t followed his own counsel, today he’d be performing endoscopies instead of psychiatric evaluations.
Duke Psychologists Help Sickle Cell Patients Manage Pain & Boost Mental Health
In 2017, using state grant funds, the Duke Sickle Cell Center began contracting with Duke Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences to embed behavioral health care within the center. Under the contract, every patient who visits the clinic is offered free behavioral health services, regardless of their income level, insurance coverage, or network limits.