Eve S. Puffer, Assistant Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience and Assistant Research Professor of Global Health and Affiliate of the Duke Initiative for Science & Society and Affiliate of Center for Child and Family Policy

Eve S. Puffer
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Office Location:  417 Chapel Drive, 250, Reuben-Cooke Building, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone:  (919) 660-5734
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Ph.D.University of South Carolina, Columbia2008
M.A.University of South Carolina, Columbia2005
B.S.Furman University2002

Clinical Psychology
Research Interests:

Dr. Puffer is a global mental health researcher and a licensed clinical psychologist. Her research focuses on developing and evaluating integrated community-based interventions to promote child mental health, improve family functioning, and prevent HIV risk behavior. Her work includes studies with families with young children through those with adolescents, as well as with couples. She has conducted much of this work in rural Kenya and is an investigator on multiple studies of child mental health, family well-being, and parenting interventions in Thailand, Ethiopia, Liberia, South Sudan, and Iraq. Among Dr. Puffer's primary collaborators are the International Rescue Committee, a humanitarian organization, the Women's Institute for Secondary Education and Research in Kenya, and AMPATH, a consortium between North American medical schools and Moi University in Kenya.

Areas of Interest:

Global mental health
Child and family well-being
Community- and family-based interventions
HIV prevention

Curriculum Vitae
Recent Publications   (More Publications)   (search)

  1. Puffer, ES; Ayuku, D (2022). A Community-Embedded Implementation Model for Mental-Health Interventions: Reaching the Hardest to Reach.. Perspectives on Psychological Science : a Journal of the Association for Psychological Science, 17456916211049362. [doi]  [abs]
  2. Brown, FL; Bosqui, T; Elias, J; Farah, S; Mayya, A; Abo Nakkoul, D; Walsh, B; Chreif, S; Einein, A; Meksassi, B; Abi Saad, R; Naal, H; Ghossainy, ME; Donnelly, M; Betancourt, TS; Carr, A; Puffer, E; El Chammay, R; Jordans, MJD (2022). Family systemic psychosocial support for at-risk adolescents in Lebanon: study protocol for a multi-site randomised controlled trial.. Trials, 23(1), 327. [doi]  [abs]
  3. Dawson-Squibb, J-J; Davids, EL; Chase, R; Puffer, E; Rasmussen, JDM; Franz, L; de Vries, PJ (2022). Bringing Parent-Child Interaction Therapy to South Africa: Barriers and Facilitators and Overall Feasibility-First Steps to Implementation.. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 19(8). [doi]  [abs]
  4. Giusto, AM; Ayuku, D; Puffer, ES (2022). Learn, Engage, Act, Dedicate (LEAD): development and feasibility testing of a task-shifted intervention to improve alcohol use, depression and family engagement for fathers.. International Journal of Mental Health Systems, 16(1), 16. [doi]  [abs]
  5. Venturo-Conerly, KE; Wasil, AR; Osborn, TL; Puffer, ES; Weisz, JR; Wasanga, CM (2022). Designing Culturally and Contextually Sensitive Protocols for Suicide Risk in Global Mental Health: Lessons From Research With Adolescents in Kenya.. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, S0890-8567(22)00058-2. [doi]  [abs]