Dr. Puffer’s lab includes undergraduate students and graduate students who are interested in learning more about global mental health. Students at all levels are actively involved in research projects in wide ranging ways, including developing research questions, managing project activities, analyzing data, and contributing to writing and presentations.
Graduate students include students in the Clinical Psychology doctoral program at Duke, as well as students enrolled in the Master of Science in Global Health program in the Duke Global Health Institute. These students play an integral role in the lab, both contributing to ongoing research projects and developing their own dissertation or thesis projects.
Undergraduate students often join the lab as practicum students to become integrated into lab activities. Some of these students then progress to completing independent studies or thesis projects. Our most typical model is to have students involved in lab work for multiple semesters, first gaining experience through involvement in lab projects before embarking on more independent activities.
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Doctoral Applicants. Dr. Puffer is planning to admit a PhD student for Fall 2023. This student will be co-mentored by Dr. Melanie Bonner. Drs. Puffer and Bonner hope to mentor a student interested in psychosocial family-based interventions for young people living with chronic illness in low-resource settings, including Kenya. Pediatric Psychology is a subspecialty not widely represented within Global Mental Health, and we look forward to involving a student in growing this research area within our team.