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PhD Program News

Apr 14, 2017

Leigh Ann Simmons was the invited speaker for the American Academy of Health Behavior Annual Scientific meeting in Tucson, Ariz. Her presentation was entitled "Beyond the Genome: Advancing Precision Medicine through Personalized Health Behavior Change Interventions."

Simmons also...

Apr 14, 2017

PhD students Deanna Befus and Rachel Hirschey and PhD alumna Megan Winkler presented their work at the annual meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine in San Diego, Calif.

​Befus' presentation is entitled "A systems-thinking, problem-solving approach to study migraine self-management...

Apr 14, 2017

PhD student Latefa Dardas is featured in a Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) Inspiring Member Stories spotlight. Dardas won the 2015 STTI/CANS Research Grant Award and the 2016 STTI Rising Stars Award for Excellence in Nursing.

Apr 06, 2017

PhD student Kaboni Gondwe, Qing Yang and Diane Holditch-Davis recently published an article entitled "Maternal Psychological Distress and Mother-Infant Relationship: Multiple-Birth Versus Singleton Preterm Infants" in the Neonatal Network. Other co-authors included Rosemary White-Traut.


Apr 05, 2017

PhD students Hyeyoung "Kate" Park and Kaboni Gondwe were selected to present at the Fifth Annual Duke GradX talks hosted by the Society of Duke Fellows and Duke Graduate School. Students share their research in a fast-paced and engaging format inspired by TED and TEDx talks. Rather than...

Mar 31, 2017

PhD students Rachel Hirschey, Lisa Mansfield, Zhao Ni, Jing Wang, and Ethan Cicero joined UNC Chapel Hill PhD students for the annual UNC-Duke PhD Faculty & Student Networking Event. The TED-style event was held at The Carolina Club in Chapel Hill.

The DUSON presentations included:...

Mar 21, 2017

Deb Brandon was recently featured in two Duke Graduate School video segments. Brandon is a 2017 Duke Graduate School recipient of the Dean's Award for Excellence in Mentoring.

In the first video entitled "Passion Over Publications," Brandon discusses why she prizes passion more than...

Mar 16, 2017

PhD student Hanzhang Xu recently presented at the American Heart Association EPI | Lifestyle 2017 Scientific Sessions on "An Initial Evaluation of the Impact of Pokemon Go on Physical Activity." The presentation is based on a study she co-authored with Ying Xian, Haolin Xu, Li Liang, Adrian F....

Mar 10, 2017

PhD student Hanzhang Xu was recently featured in an article entitled "Remember when Pokemon Go was a thing? It actually got people walking" in the News & Observer. The article is connected to Xu's research study that suggests the game might have had a health benefit for doing just that. In...

Mar 09, 2017

PhD student Zhao Ni received the Duke Graduate School International Dissertation Research Travel Award in the amount of $2,600. The award provides funding for PhD students to travel outside of the United States in order to conduct pre-dissertation or dissertation research.