Kathryn Whetten
Director, CHPIR
Kathryn Whetten is the director of CHPIR, Professor of Public Policy and Global Health. Her research focuses on health disparity issues among vulnerable populations.
Gary Bennett
Associate Professor
Gary Bennett, PhD, works with the Duke Obesity Prevention Program on research work focused on developing strategies to prevent obesity in high risk populations.
Chris Conover
Research Scholar
Christopher J. Conover is a Research Scholar in the the CHPIR at Duke University, an adjunct scholar at AEI, and a Mercatus-affiliated senior scholar.
Sara Legrand
Assistant Research Professor
Sara LeGrand is an Assistant 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.
Lynne Messer
Assistant Professor
Lynne Messer is a social and reproductive / perinatal epidemiologist whose work focuses on measures to address maternal and child health disparities. Her research interests include women’s and children’s health and health disparities.
Karen O'Donnell
Associate Professor
Karen O’Donnell, Ph.D., is Associate Professor in Medical Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry and Assistant Professor in Pediatrics at Duke University. She is a child psychologist with a background in child development and Pediatric HIV.
Jan Ostermann
Associate Research Professor
Jan Ostermann, Ph.D., is an Associate Research Professor in Duke University’s Global Health Institute. He is a health services and population health researcher who specializes in analytic techniques for longitudinal and complex survey designs.
Jay Pearson
Assistant Professor
Jay A. Pearson's research 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.
Brian Pence
Adjunct Associate Professor
Brian Wells Pence is an infectious diseases epidemiologist with the UNC Department of Epidemiology and an adjunct faculty member with the Department of Community and Family Medicine, the Global Health Institute, and CHPIR.
Rae Jean Proeschold-Bell
Associate Research Professor
Rae Jean Proeschold-Bell has research interests in clergy health, hepatitis C, substance abuse, and integration of care within systems.
Eve Puffer
Assistant Professor
Dr. Puffer is a licensed clinical psychologist. Her research focuses on community-based interventions to promote child mental health, improve family functioning, and prevent HIV risk behavior. Offices: Trent Hall 330 SocPsy 235
Susan Reif
Research Associate
Susan S. Reif is 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.
Kristen Shirey
Affiliate Faculty
Kristen Shirey, M.D, is a joint Clinical Associate at Duke’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Department of Medicine. Her clinical interests include global mental health research.
Donald Taylor
Associate Professor
Donald H. Taylor Jr. is an associate professor of public policy at Duke who blogs about U.S. health policy, the federal budget and the politics of these key public policy issues at Free For All.
Nathan Thielman
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 resource-poor regions in the rural southeastern U.S. and in sub-Saharan Africa.
Lavanya Vasudevan
Research Scholar
Dr. 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 with respect to childhood vaccinations and healthcare access among children in adversity in low and middle-income countries.



Morgan Barlow
Research Analyst
Latoya Bethea
Grants and Contracts Adminstrator
Mary Butler
Case Coordinator
John Carbuccia
IT Analyst
Ashley Cephas
Program Coordinator
David Eagle
Post-Doctoral Research Associate
Christine Gray
PhD Student
Amy Hobbie
Research Manager
Genevieve Hunter
Project Coordinator
Christina Latta
Business Manager
Christina Makarushka
Senior Project Coordinator
Carla Mena
Bilingual Project Coordinator
Heather Parnell
Research Project Manager
Donna Safely
Analyst Programmer
Jana Sartor
Staff Specialist
Beth Stringfield
Senior Project Coordinator
Kimberly Walker
CHPIR Assosicate Director
Andrew Weinhold
Research Analyst
Rachel Whetten
Research Specialist
Jia Yao
Research Associate
Leonard Kiplang'
Associate In Research
Melissa McGovern
Research Coordinator & Administrative Assistant to the Director
Kelly Keefe
Project Coordinator

The Duke Obesity Prevention Program: Dr. Gary Bennett and his staff, Perry Foley, Erica Levine, Sandy Askew, Ilana Schriftman, Michele Lhanper and Charlotte Stoute
Our 25 Health Inequalities Program Fellows are partners with us in our work to address policy issues relevant to health care access and provision, as well as health-seeking behavior.


For a list of CHPIR collaborators, please click here.