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Kathryn Whetten, Professor of Sanford School of Public Policy and Research Professor of Global Health and Associate Professor of School of Nursing and Director, Center for Health Policy and Inequalities of Center for Health Policy & Inequalities Research  

Office Location: 310 Trent Dr., Suite 314, Box 90392, Durham, NC 27710
Office Phone: (919) 613-5430
Email Address: k.whetten@duke.edu
Web Page: http://pubpol.duke.edu/centers/hlp/about/faculty/whetten-kathryn/ /bibliography
Web Page: http://law.duke.edu/fac/whetten/
Note: For appointments or immediate assistance, please contact Kyle.Hamilton@CHPIR.org. For news media inquiries, please contact Geelea Seaford at: gseaford@duke.edu

Areas of Expertise

  • Health Policy
    • Health Disparities
    • HIV/AIDS

Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1994
M.P.H., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1991
A.B., Bates College, 1985

Research Categories: Global Health Disparities

Current projects: Positive Outcomes for Orphaned Children (POFO) , Coping with HIV/AIDS in Tanzania (CHAT), Cambodia Orphan Project Evaluation (COPE), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Orphans (CBT), Monitoring and Evaluation in Malawi (MOVE), Adapting a Depression Treatment Intervention for HIV Patients in Cameroon (ADEPT), North Carolina Community AIDS Fund (NCCAF), Orphans and Vulnerable Children Wellbeing (www.ovcwellbeing.org)

Research Description: Professor Whetten’s research examines the health behaviors and outcomes of disadvantaged communities and individuals. She seeks to understand the interrelationships among individual and community psychosocial dynamics, health behaviors, health, provider characteristics and public policies. Professor Whetten views these relationships as multidirectional. She examines and clarifies underlying group characteristics that can be addressing to improve individual and community well-being. Whetten is one of a small group of researchers examining adult health outcomes as they relate to a life-course of events and influences starting with childhood experiences within families and communities and continuing through present-day conditions that may be manipulated through intervention. All of Professor Whetten’s research is grounded in the idea that public policies can make a difference in people’s lives. Whetten has led 18 federally funded research grants and is the author of 3 books and over 60 peer reviewed articles. Currently Whetten and her intervention, service and research team have research projects that address issues surrounding HIV/AIDS, mental health, substance abuse, being orphaned or abandoned, social justice, and poverty in the US Deep South and in less wealthy nations. She and her team work with colleagues in: the US Deep South; Tanzania; Kenya; Ethiopia; Cameroon; Malawi; India; Cambodia; and Russia conducting research and interventions.

Office Hours:
Please email Kyle.Hamilton@chpir.org to schedule an appointment with Dr. Whetten

Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. S LeGrand, S Reif, K Sullivan, K Murray, ML Barlow and K Whetten. "A Review of Recent Literature on Trauma Among Individuals Living with HIV.." Current HIV/AIDS reports 12.4 (December, 2015): 397-405. [doi]  [abs]
  2. S Dorsey, L Lucid, L Murray, P Bolton, D Itemba, R Manongi and K Whetten. "A Qualitative Study of Mental Health Problems Among Orphaned Children and Adolescents in Tanzania.." The Journal of nervous and mental disease 203.11 (November, 2015): 864-870. [doi]  [abs]
  3. KA Culver, K Whetten, DL Boyd and K O'Donnell. "Yoga to Reduce Trauma-Related Distress and Emotional and Behavioral Difficulties Among Children Living in Orphanages in Haiti: A Pilot Study.." Journal of alternative and complementary medicine (New York, N.Y.) 21.9 (September, 2015): 539-545. [doi]  [abs]
  4. S Reif, BW Pence, I Hall, X Hu, K Whetten and E Wilson. "HIV Diagnoses, Prevalence and Outcomes in Nine Southern States.." Journal of community health 40.4 (August, 2015): 642-651. [doi]  [abs]
  5. D Reisinger, J Clifford, D Deardorff and K Whetten. "Cultures and languages across the curriculum in global health: New curricular pathways toward internationalization." Critical Perspectives on Internationalising the Curriculum in Disciplines: Reflective Narrative Accounts from Business, Education and Health. January, 2015: 261-274. [doi]  [abs]

Curriculum Vitae

Director, Center for Health Policy and Inequalities Research
Research Director, Hart Fellows Program,
Professor, Public Policy and Global Health 
Professor, Nursing and Community & Family Medicine 

Kathryn Whetten (PhD) is Chair of the Maternal, Adolescent and Child Health working group, and she is the Co-Chair of the University Diversity Task Force and the Sanford Diversity Committee. 

Kathryn Whetten is the Principal Investigator on multiple grants and publishes numerous scientific articles every year. In addition, she mentors many students and gives guest lectures and presentations throughout the year. (On leave, spring 2016)

Kathryn Whetten is a Professor of Public Policy and Global Health with additional appointments in Community and Family Medicine and Nursing. She is the Director of the Center for Health Policy and Inequalities Research (CHPIR), which is part of the Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI). Additionally, Professor Whetten is the Research Director of the Hart Fellows Program.

Current Ph.D. Students   (Former Students)

Kathryn Whetten