Kathryn Whetten, Professor of Public Policy and Global Health; Professor of Community & Family Medicine and Nursing and Director, Center for Health Policy & Inequalities Research  

Office Location: 2812 Erwin Road, Room 403 & 120 Rubenstein
Office Phone: (919) 613-5430
Email Address: k.whetten@duke.edu
Web Page: http://chpir.org/people/kathryn-whetten/
Web Page: http://pofostudy.org
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

Education:
PhD, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1994

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.

Teaching (Fall 2014):

  • Interdis 110b.16, Global health Synopsis
    Tba, 12:00 AM-11:59 PM
  • Glhlth 210.01, Global health ethics Synopsis
    Sanford 04, TuTh 08:30 AM-09:45 AM
  • Nursing 455.01, Global health Synopsis
    Tba, 12:00 AM-12:00 AM

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

Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Kathryn Whetten and Brian Pence. You're the first one I've told: New Faces of HIV in the South.. Second Edition Rutgers University Press, February, 2013.
  2. Reif SS, Pence BW, LeGrand S, Wilson ES, Swartz M, Ellington T, Whetten K. "“In-Home Mental Health Treatment for Individuals with HIV"." 26.11 (November, 2012): 655-61.
  3. Whetten K, Reif S, Toth M, Jain E, Leserman J, Pence BW.. "“Relationship between trauma and high-risk behavior among HIV-positive men who do not have sex with men (MDSM)"." (August, 2012).
  4. Pence, B.W., M.J. Mugavero, T. J. Carter, J. Leserman, N.M. Thielman, J.L. Raper, R.J. Proeschold-Bell, S. Reif, K. Whetten.. "“Childhood trauma and health outcomes in HIV-infected patients: An exploration of causal pathways"." 59.4 (April, 2012): 409-416.
  5. Thielman N, Ostermann J, Whetten K, Whetten R, O'Donnell K.. "“Correlates of Poor Health among Orphans and Abandoned Children in Less Wealthy Countries: The Importance of Caregiver Health.”." 7.6 (2012).

Curriculum Vitae

Highlight:
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. 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 examines 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 improved through intervention. All of 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.

Bio/Profile
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