Dirk Davis

Global Health Instructor

Dirk Davis, Ph.D., MPH (he/him/his) is a behavioral scientist and mixed methodologist focused on improving the health of SGM communities in Latin America and the US by reducing HIV, mental health, and violence disparities through community-engaged behavioral interventions.

David Eagle

Assistant Research Professor of Global Health and Sociology

David Eagle, Ph.D. (he/him/his) 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

Assistant Research Professor of Global Health

Christine Gray, Ph.D. (she/her/hers) is an epidemiologist whose research focuses on social drivers of mental health in low-resource settings.

Anna Holleman

Postdoctoral Associate

Anna Holleman, Ph.D. (she/her/hers) focuses specifically on the health and well-being of religious leaders, congregational political mobilization, and the shifting nature of the American religious landscape in the contemporary social climate.

Hy V. Huynh

Research Scholar of Global Health

Hy V. Huynh, Ph.D. (they/he) is a community psychologist and global mental health researcher and practitioner with a doctoral degree in International Family & Community Studies. Their research interests focus on mental health inequities and protective factors, particularly for marginalized youth and young adult populations.

Erin F. Johnston

Senior Research Associate

Erin F. Johnston, Ph.D. (she/her/hers) is a Senior Research Associate with the Clergy Health Initiative at CHPIR. She holds a doctoral degree in Sociology and has expertise in qualitative methods, cultural sociology, and social psychology. Her research focuses on the social and cultural shaping of identity and behavior in both religious and educational contexts. 

Sara LeGrand

Associate Research Professor of Global Health

Sara LeGrand, Ph.D. (she/they) 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. (he/him/his) 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

Research Professor of Global Health

Rae Jean Proeschold-Bell, Ph.D. (she/her/hers) is community psychologist and Associate Research Professor at the Duke Global Health Institute and CHPIR. Her research interests include positive mental health, the well-being of caregivers and others who are ‘servant-hearted,’ and interventions that integrate well-being and physical health. 

Eve Puffer

Assistant Professor of Psychology and Global Health

Dr. Eve Puffer (she/her/hers) 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

Susan S. Reif, Ph.D. (she/her/hers) 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.

Kathleen Sellers

Postdoctoral Associate

Kathleen Sellers, Ph.D. (she/her/hers) is a Postdoctoral Associate affiliated with the Religion and Social Change Lab (RaSCL), whose scholarship applies a critical lens to the policy impacts, pedagogy, and philosophy of religious schools and school systems in the U.S. and globally. 

Nathan Thielman

Associate Professor of Medicine and Global Health

Dr. Nathan Thielman (he/him/his) 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.

Kathryn Whetten

Director of CHPIR, Professor of Public Policy & Global Health

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


Sumedha Ariely

Assistant Professor of the Practice, Global Health

Cherie Castellano

Program Director, Cop 2 Cop Mom 2 Mom Vet 2 Vet

Susan Emmett

Assistant Professor of Surgery & Global Health

Jan Ostermann

Associate Professor,

University of South Carolina

Brian Wells Pence

Associate Professor,

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

Josh Rash

Assistant Professor of Psychology, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Fatimah Salleh

Executive Director of Curanopy Ministries

Lavanya Vasudevan

Assistant Research Professor of Global Health

Sarah Wilson

Assistant Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences