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. 

Our 2019-2020 school year internship program is currently closed. Please follow CHPIR on social media or check back later for information on our next program!

Former Research Interns:

Nefer Batsuli

International Comparative Studies & Global Health, Duke Class of 2020

Projects: BASIC, POFO, CHPIR Communications

Blen Biru

MS in Global Health, Duke Class of 2018

Projects: HepART, Caregiver Flourishing

Grace Cai

Psychology & Global Health, Duke Class of 2019

Projects: Spirited Life, Duke Clergy Health Initiative

Ahmad M. Chaudhry

Public Policy & Philosophy student at Duke

Projects: CHPIR Communications 

Khue Huynh

Biomedical Engineering, Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Duke Class of 2022

Projects: GI, Selah, Resilience

Essence Ingram-May


Projects: Clergy Health Initiative

Leticia Ross

Bachelor of Social Work, NCCU Class of 2019

Projects: Caregiver Flourishing and Sabbath Congregations

Andrea Rossman

Biomedical Engineering student at Duke

Projects: Digital health strategies for cervical cancer screening

Camara Wooten

Public Policy Studies, Duke Class of 2020

Projects: BASIC, POFO, CHPIR Communications

Joyce Yao

Health Policy & Management and Urban Studies & Planning, UNC-CH Class of 2020

Projects: Style 2.0 


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 Interns:

James Boyd

Biomedical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Duke Class of 2021

Projects: Selah 

LJ Castellano

Sociology and Markets & Management Sciences, Duke Class of 2021

Projects: Selah, Resiliency, Reflections 

Shelsea Duran

Public Policy, Psychology, Markets & Management Studies, Duke Class of 2022

Projects: SGM Health

Meagan Gillette

Biology and Music, University of Virginia Class of 2023

Projects: Selah

Gracie Joo

Public Policy, Global Health, Statistics, Duke Class of 2022

Projects: CHPIR Communications, POFO, SGM Health 

Sean Kehoe

Biology and Chemistry, Duke Class of 2024

Projects: Selah, HRV

Sofia Labrecque

Global Health and Public Policy, Duke Class of 2021

Projects: Selah

AJ Lonski

Neuroscience, Cognitive Science, Princeton University Class of 2023

Projects: Resilience

Grace Smith

Neuroscience, Psychology, and Religion, Duke Class of 2020

Projects: GI, Selah, Resilience

Elizabeth Trefney

Health Policy & Management and Studio Art, UNC-CH Class of 2020

Projects: STYLE 2.0.


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:

Malcolm Smith Fraser

Master of Interdisciplinary Data Science, Duke Class of 2022­­­­­­

Projects: Clergy Health Initiative

Anna Holleman

Sociology Graduate Student at Duke University, PhD expected 2024

Projects: Clergy Health Initiative

Suzanne Schenewerk

Sociology Graduate Student at Duke University, PhD expected 2026

Projects: Seminary to Early Ministry Study

  • 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: