Faculty

Our team of psychiatrists and psychologists are specialists in ADHD. Our faculty and staff are specially trained to recognize symptoms of ADHD in patients of all ages, and we offer expert ADHD evaluations to help diagnose this disorder. We are up-to-date on the latest treatment options, which ensures you receive the most effective treatment recommendations based on your specific needs.

Scott H. Kollins, PhD, MS
Clinical Psychologist; Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences;
Professor in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience;
Vice-Chair for Research Strategy & Development;
Director, Duke ADHD Program

Clinical Interests: Externalizing behavior problems of childhood, child psychopharmacology, pediatric and adult ADHD
Research Interests: ADHD, psychopharmacology, smoking/nicotine dependence, genetics, neuropharmacology
Education: PhD, Clinical Psychology, Auburn University (Alabama), 1997; MS, Clinical Psychology, Auburn University (Alabama), 1995
Residency: Psychology, University of Mississippi Medical Center, 1996-1997
My Research Interests: My laboratory is focused on addressing a number of health-related problems associated with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). We are interested in why individuals with ADHD smoke cigarettes more than those without the disorder, and we are also studying the effects of secondhand smoke on early development of ADHD-related problems. We also conduct many treatment studies for new medications to manage ADHD in children, adolescents, and adults.
Publications: Scott Kollins

Rachel E. Dew, MD, MHSc
Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist;
Assistant Professor of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Clinical Interests: General and child and adolescent psychiatry, mood disorders, ADHD
Researachel-e_dew-md-mhsc_3rch Interests: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, depression, religion and spirituality, ADHD
Education: MD, West Virginia University School of Medicine, 2000; MHSc, Clinical Research Training Program, Duke University, 2007
Residency: General Psychiatry, Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center (North Carolina), 2000-2003; Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center (North Carolina), 2003-2005
Fellowship: Religion/Health Research, Duke University, 2005-2007
Board Certification: American Board of Psychiatry/Neurology, Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent; American Board of Psychiatry/Neurology, Psychiatry
Publications: Rachel Dew

 

Naomi O. Davis, PhD
Child and Family Clinical Psychologist;
Assistant Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Clinical Interests: Evaluation and treatment services for ADHD (child, adolescent, and adult),
parennaomi-o_davis-phd_3t training (individual and group services), academic skills support
Education: PhD, Clinical Psychology, University of Massachusetts, 2007, MA, Child Development, Tufts University (Massachusetts), 2000
Residency: Internship, Clinical Psychology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill School of Medicine, 2006-2007
Fellowship: Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Pediatric Psychology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill School of Medicine, 2007-2009
Publications: Naomi Davis

John T. Mitchell, Phd
Clinical Psychologist;
Assistant Professor in Psychiatry
and Behavioral Sciences

Clinical Interests: ADHD across the lifespan (with or without comorbidity), cognitive-john-t_mitchell-phd_1behavioral therapy, mindfulness training
Education: PhD, Clinical Psychology, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, 2009
Fellowship: Cognitive Behavioral Treatment, Duke University Medical Center, 2008-2009;
ADHD Program, Duke University Medical Center, 2009-2010

Publications: John Mitchell

Jessica R. Lunsford-Avery, PhD
Assistant Professor in Psychiatry
and Behavioral Sciences

Clinical Interests: Evaluation and treatment services for ADHD across the lifespan,
cognijessica-r_lunsford-avery-phdtive-behavioral therapy, parent behavior management training, academic skills training
Research Interests: Sleep disturbances, ADHD, neurocognition
Education: PhD, University of Colorado Boulder, 2014
Residency: Clinical Psychology, Duke University Medical Center, 2013-2014
Fellowship: Duke ADHD Program, Duke University Medical Center, 2014-2015
My Research Interests: My research focuses on the role of sleep disturbances in the onset and maintenance of psychiatric and behavioral disorders in childhood and adolescence. Specifically, I am interested in how sleep problems may contribute to increased psychiatric symptoms, difficulties with cognition, and reduced functioning for youth with ADHD. I hope my research will help to identify children at risk for sleep problems and psychiatric conditions and lead to developing more effective prevention and treatment strategies.
Publications: Jessica Lunsford-Avery

Maggie Sweitzer, PhD
Assistant Professor in Psychiatry
and Behavioral Sciences

Clinical Interests: Evaluation and treatment for ADHD (adolescent and adult)
Maggie Sweitzerand related comorbidities, cognitive behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy
Training: PhD, Clinical and Biological/Health Psychology, University of Pittsburgh, 2013
Residency: Internship, Clinical Psychology, Allegheny General Hospital, 2012-2013
Fellowship: Duke ADHD Program, Duke University Medical Center, 2013-2015
Publications: Maggie Sweitzer

 

Julia Schechter, PhD                                                                                                

Assistant Professor in Psychiatry
and Behavioral Sciences

Clinical Interests: Psychodiagnostic and psychoeducational  evaluations; psychotherapy with children, adolescents, and families; parent behavior management training; academic skills training; cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for adults with ADHD and co-occurring conditions

Training: PhD, Clinical Psychology, Emory University, 2015

Residency: Internship, Clinical Psychology, Duke University Medical Center, 2014-2015

Fellowship: Duke ADHD Program, Duke University Medical Center, 2015-2016

 I am a clinical psychologist who specializes in empirically supported assessment and treatment of psychiatric and behavioral disorders across the lifespan. I proved a range of clinical services including psychological testing, parent behavior management training, academic skills training for youth and families impacted by ADHD and developmental disorders, as well as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for youth and adults with a range of psychiatric conditions, including ADHD, anxiety, and mood disorders.

Publications:Julia Schechter

 

Dr. Matt Engelhard

Multi-Health Systems/Conners Fellow in Digital Health

Research Associate, Senior

Matt received his undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering and mathematics from Duke University, then completed his MD and PhD in systems and information engineering at the University of Virginia, where he focused on disability monitoring in multiple sclerosis. Matt will be developing digital health systems for ADHD management that adapt to the physiology, behaviors, and preferences of individual patients using machine intelligence. As part of his Fellowship, he will also be working with colleagues in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the Pratt School of Engineering at Duke, with interests in active learning, reinforcement learning, and latent variable models.

About the Multi-Health Systems/Conners Fellowship in Digital Health
The fellowship was established in 2017 with a generous donation from Multi-Health Systems, Inc. to honor the contributions of Dr. C. Keith Conners to the field of ADHD assessment and treatment. Dr. Conners, a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, established the Duke ADHD Program in 1989 and has been a pioneer in the field since the early 1960’s. Dr. Conners conducted the earliest trials of stimulant medication for the treatment of ADHD and has been involved in numerous other seminal studies, including serving as one of the principal investigators for the landmark NIH-funded MTA study. Dr. Conners also developed and validated a range of assessment instruments that have become the gold standard for assessing and diagnosing ADHD in children, adolescents, and adults. Multi-Health Systems, Inc. is based in Toronto, ON and has been a leading publisher of scientifically validated assessments for more than 30 years. MHS serves clients in educational, clinical, corporate, public safety, government, military, pharmaceutical, and research settings. MHS has grown to become an international company with products sold in more than 75 countries and translated into over 50 languages. The fellowship was established to leverage technology and digital health to improve the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of individuals and their families affected by ADHD.

 

Cara Lusby, PhD

Cara received her Ph.D. from Emory University in 2015. She also obtained her M.A. as well as her B.A. at Emory, with a major in psychology and a minor in French. Her undergraduate and graduate research fell broadly within the domain of developmental psychopathology, with a specific interest in emotion regulation systems in at-risk children and adolescents. Most recently, Cara completed her clinical internship and postdoctoral fellowship in clinical child/pediatric psychology through the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology at the University of Florida. Her clinical focus was on assessment and treatment of children and adolescents for a variety of presenting concerns (including ADHD, learning problems, and anxiety and mood disorders) using evidence-based approaches.

 

Jessica Solis, Sloan, PhD

After earning her bachelor’s degree from Cornell University, Jess spent the next two years working as a Clinical Research Coordinator at Massachusetts General Hospital. She then went on to receive her Masters and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she investigated the intergenerational transmission of stress and coping models that could help explain the intergenerational transmission of alcohol use within high-risk families. After completing her clinical internship at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Jess spent the past year completing a postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio where she further explored how impulse control and family histories of substance use disorders interact with the initiation and continuation of substance use in youth.

Knowing this background, she was especially excited to join the Duke ADHD Program as a Clinical Associate in July. Her clinical training and experience has focused on the treatment of emotional and behavioral issues in children, adolescents, and their families using a wide range of evidence-based treatments including, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Parent Management Training, and Trauma-Focused CBT, in a variety of contexts, including individual, group, couples, and family therapy, across multiple treatment settings.