C. Micha Belden

Postdoctoral Research Fellow / Associate in Research

C. Micha Belden, Ph.D. holds a doctoral degree in Public Health. He is interested in the dissemination and implementation of interventions for persons with multiple morbidities, such as mental illness, substance abuse, and chronic physical health problems.

David Eagle

Associate in Research at CHPIR & Duke Divinity

David Eagle, Ph.D. is a sociologist and an expert on the health of religious clergy, the changing shape of the churches in North American society, and the implications of these trends for the professional training of ministers.

Christine Gray

Research Scholar at CHPIR

Christine Gray, Ph.D. is an epidemiologist with a doctoral degree from UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. She has worked extensively on the Positive Outcomes for Orphans study's data analyses and publications.

Hy V. Huynh

Associate in Research at CHPIR

Hy V. Huynh, Ph.D. is a community psychologist and humanitarian photographer with a doctoral degree in International Family & Community Studies. His research interests focus on child protection and inclusion, global mental health, and ethical visual storytelling.

Sara Legrand

Associate Research Professor of Global Health

Sara Legrand, Ph.D. is an Associate Research Professor at the Duke Global Health Institute and CHPIR with a doctoral degree in Health Services Research. She has conducted health disparities research for nearly a decade. 

Jay Pearson

Associate Research Professor of Public Policy & Global Health

Jay A. Pearson, Ph.D. examines how various forms of structural inequality influence social determination of health. Pearson's early experiences in the rural agricultural south shaped his academic interests and inform his research agenda.

Rae Jean Proeschold-Bell

Associate Research Professor of Global Health

Rae Jean Proeschold-Bell, Ph.D. is community psychologist and Associate Research Professor at the Duke Global Health Institute and CHPIR. Her research interests include clergy health, hepatitis C, substance abuse, and integration of care within systems.

Eve Puffer

Assistant Professor of Psychology and Global Health

Dr. Eve Puffer is a licensed clinical psychologist, and an Assistant Professor of Psychology and Global Health. Her research focuses on community-based interventions to promote child mental health, improve family functioning, and prevent HIV risk behavior. 

Susan Reif

Research Scholar at CHPIR

Susan S. Reif, Ph.D. is a research scholar in Global Health, and a P.I. for a federally funded study of the outcomes associated with in-home mental health treatment for individuals with HIV/AIDS and substance use intervention for individuals with HIV.

Laura Richman

Associate Professor of Population Health Sciences

Laura Richman, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Population Health Sciences. Her research interests include the influence of psychosocial factors on health outcomes and behaviors, with attention to identity, emotion, and perceived discrimination. 

Nathan Thielman

Associate Professor of Medicine and Global Health

Dr. Nathan Thielman is Director of the Global Health Residency/ Fellowship Pathway. His research focuses on a range of clinical and social issues that affect persons living with or at risk for HIV infection in the rural southeastern U.S. and in sub-Saharan Africa.

Lavanya Vasudevan

Research Scholar at CHPIR & Global Health

Dr. Lavanya Vasudevan is an early career public health researcher with training in epidemiology and biostatistics. Her research focuses on understanding disparities in maternal and child health outcomes, primarily in low- and middle-income countries.

Kathryn Whetten

Director of CHPIR, Professor of Public Policy & Global Health

Kathryn Whetten, Ph.D. is the director of CHPIR and a Professor of Public Policy and Global Health, with additional appointments in Community and Family Medicine and Nursing. Her research focuses on health disparity issues among vulnerable populations.


Tomas Matza

Assistant Professor,

University of Pittsburgh

Jan Ostermann

Associate Professor,

University of South Carolina

Brian Wells Pence

Associate Professor,

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill