Affiliation: DGHI Faculty

Rae Jean Proeschold-Bell
Contact Info:
Office Location:  310 Trent Drive 310
Office Phone:  (919) 613-5442
Email Address: send me a message

Research Interests:

Current projects: Clergy Health Initiative, Hep ART (Integrated HCV-alcohol treatment)

Rae Jean Proeschold-Bell, Ph.D., has research interests in the areas of clergy health, hepatitis C, HIV/AIDS, substance abuse, integration of care, and access to and participation in care. As someone trained in both clinical and community psychology, Rae Jean is interested in the impact of systems on individuals, and also in the environmental contexts experienced by individuals. Currently, Rae Jean is the Research Director of the Duke University Clergy Health Initiative, which seeks to understand and improve the health of United Methodist clergy in North Carolina, and includes a two-year holistic health intervention for clergy called Spirited Life ( She is also the Principal Investigator on a SAMHSA-funded intervention project that tests a model of integrated care for persons with HIV, substance abuse, and/or mental illness. With funding from the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, she recently tested an innovative integration treatment model for persons with hepatitis C and alcohol use (Hep ART), and continues to engage in work in this area.

Areas of Interest:

Integrated care
Clergy health
Substance use
Alcohol use
Hepatitis C
Positive mental health

Curriculum Vitae
Representative Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Proeschold-Bell, R.J., Patkar, A., Naggie, S., Coward, L.J., Mannelli, P., Yao, J., Bixby, P., & Muir, A, An integrated alcohol abuse and medical treatment model for patients with hepatitis C, Digestive Diseases and Sciences, vol. 57 no. 4 (2012), pp. 1083-1091 [doi]  [abs]
  2. Proeschold-Bell, R.J., LeGrand, S., High rates of obesity and chronic disease among United Methodist clergy, Obesity, vol. 18 no. 9 (2010), pp. 1867-1870  [abs]
  3. Proeschold-Bell, R.J., Belden, C. M., Parnell, H., Cohen, S., Cromwell, M., & Lombard, F., A randomized controlled trial of health information exchange between HIV institutions, Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, vol. 16 no. 6 (2010), pp. 521-528  [abs]
  4. Proeschold-Bell, R.J., Heine, A., Pence B., McAdam, K., & Quinlivan, E.B., A cross-site, comparative effectiveness study of an integrated HIV and substance use treatment program, AIDS Patient Care and STDs, vol. 24 no. 10 (2010), pp. 651-658  [abs]

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