CHPIR is an ideal setting in which to provide undergraduate and graduate students with hands-on experience in seeing how research interacts in the short-term and long-term with community well-being and policy change, and how multidisciplinary teams work collaboratively and respectfully across educational degrees, professional titles, and experiential differences. CHPIR faculty and staff work with numerous students each year in a variety of capacities:


CHPIR works with many undergraduate and graduate research interns throughout the calendar year. Currently, our research interns gain valuable hands-on research experience by working on an assortment of tasks, including research project management, quantitative and qualitative data analyses, literature reviews and writing contributions for publications, as well as communications and community outreach tasks. 

Former Research Interns:

Nefer Batsuli

Third year International Comparative Studies & Global Health student at Duke

Current Projects: BASIC, POFO, CHPIR Communications

Blen Biru

Second year MS in Global Health student at Duke

Current Projects: HepART, Caregiver Flourishing

Grace Cai

Third year Psychology & Global Health student at Duke

Current Projects: Spirited Life, Duke Clergy Health Initiative

Leticia Ross

Fourth year BSW student at North Carolina Central University

Current Projects: Caregiver Flourishing and Sabbath Congregations

Andrea Rossman

Fourth year Biomedical Engineering student at Duke

Current Projects: Digital health strategies for cervical cancer screening

Camara Wooten

Third year Public Policy Studies student at Duke

Current Projects: BASIC, POFO, CHPIR Communications

Our 2018-2019 school year internship program is currently closed. Please follow CHPIR on social media or check back later for information on our next program!


Every summer, CHPIR hosts students from all over the country who want to learn about and engage more with health policy and inequalities research. Students work collaboratively with faculty and staff on a research project that matches their interests, often leading to various opportunities for professional growth such as presenting at a conference or having authorship on a publication.

Previous summer interns have come from the triangle area (Duke University, NC State, UNC Chapel Hill, NC Central) and beyond (Portland State, Cornell University, Brown University). 

Current Summer 2019 Interns:


Ahmad M. Chaudhry

Ahmad is currently working on CHPIR’s Communications and Outreach project as a part of our Storytelling Project to broaden our following base! He is majoring in Public Policy and Philosophy and has experience in marketing, campaign, and outreach programs on and off Duke’s campus. One of his passions is studying behavioral science and learning how we can apply it to policy.

Essence Ingram-May

Essence is currently involved as an intern working on a study with the Clergy Health Initiative. Her areas of expertise are mental health and ethnic disparities. She is looking forward to working on mental health inequalities as well as analyzing the stress coping mechanisms that are shown to be most effective. 

Sofia Labrecque

Sofia is currently working on Selah and Sabbath projects and Dr. Proeschol Bell’s team. She is a rising junior at Duke studying Global Health and Public Policy. She has taken many courses related to health inequalities and is excited to get hands on experience in research working with local people. I have been interested in health inequalities since I was in high school; learning about them at a collegiate level and now in research is incredibly enriching. 

Joyce Yao

Joyce is working with Style 2.0 to prepare for the start of a research project that aims to improve the HIV care continuum for young Black men living with HIV. She studies Health Policy & Management and Urban Studies & Planning. She is interested in learning about the different ways that we can cultivate community empowerment in different institutions (health care, food systems, public schools, ect.) through a racial equity lens.


Our faculty serve on several thesis and dissertation committees each year and mentor graduate students from a variety of schools and disciplines, both at Duke and elsewhere, including:
  • MSc in Public Policy at Duke University Sanford School of Public Policy
  • PhD in Public Policy at Duke University Sanford School of Public Policy
  • MSc in Global Health at Duke University Global Health Institute
  • MSc in Global Health at Duke Kunshan University
  • PhD in Clinical Psychology at Duke University
  • PhD in Biomedical Engineering at Duke University
  • PhD in Economics at Duke University
  • MD at Duke University School of Medicine
  • MSW at UNC Chapel Hill School of Social Work
  • PhD in Health Policy and Management at UNC Chapel Hill
  • PhD in Epidemiology at UNC Chapel Hill
  • PhD in International Family & Community Studies at Clemson University

Student Spotlight: Christopher Bernard Otieno Agala

PhD Graduate in Health Policy and Management at UNC Chapel Hill

Christopher Bernard Otieno Agala ("Berny") is originally from Aherro, Kenya, a rural village near Kisumu County, and graduated in May 2017 from the health policy and management PhD program at the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 


CHPIR believes strongly in embracing diversity and working collaboratively in multidisciplinary teams. It's not surprising then that CHPIR faculty and staff are highly involved with the Bass Connections program, a program that provides "both graduate and undergraduate students with greater exposure to inquiry across the disciplines, partnership with unlikely fellow thinkers, sustained mentorship in teams and the chance to experience the intersections of the academy and the broader world."

CHPIR faculty and staff are currently involved in two Global Health Bass Connections programs for the 2017-2018 school year:


CHPIR faculty and staff are excited to collaborate with a new Duke initiative called Data+, a 10-week summer research experience that welcomes Duke undergraduates interested in exploring new data-driven approaches to interdisciplinary challenges. Students join small project teams, working alongside other teams in a communal environment. They learn how to marshal, analyze, and visualize data, while gaining broad exposure to the modern world of data science.

CHPIR was involved with two Data+ projects for summer 2018: