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Amy Lynn Corneli

Professor in Population Health Sciences
Population Health Sciences
Duke Box 104023, Durham, NC 27708
215 Morris Street, Suite 210, Durham, NC 27701


A social scientist by training, Dr. Amy Corneli has conducted qualitative and mixed-method research in multiple countries in sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, South and Southeast Asia, and in the U.S. She has a long trajectory of working with community partners on research with populations who are disenfranchised due to race, ethnicity, sexuality, and/or gender, and of engaging key contributors in research to inform clinical trials and practice, socio-behavioral interventions, questionnaire/scale development, and the translation of proven interventions into practice. Her current research portfolio focuses on three areas: 1) leading qualitative and implementation science research in HIV prevention and other infectious diseases (gonorrhea and COVID-19), 2) serving as a methodological investigative partner on qualitative and mixed-methods research with faculty in the School of Medicine, and 3) serving as the leader of the social science team and PI of qualitative studies for the Clinical Trials Transformation Initiative, a public-private initiative between Duke University and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. In addition, she is the 1) founder and Director of QualCore, a group of PhD- and master-level social scientists who provide scientific direction and interviewing and analysis expertise in qualitative research to Duke investigators, 2) co-founder and Director of The BASE (Bioethics and Stakeholder Engagement) Lab, a group of faculty and staff that partners with clinical investigators at Duke to conduct research with key stakeholders to inform the planning, conduct, interpretation, and reporting of clinical research, and 3) Director of the Duke CFAR Social and Behavioral Sciences Core.

QualCore |

The BASE Lab |

Duke CFAR Social and Behavioral Sciences Core | 

Clinical Trials Transformation Initiative| 

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Professor in Population Health Sciences · 2024 - Present Population Health Sciences, Basic Science Departments
Associate Professor in Medicine · 2020 - Present Medicine, General Internal Medicine, Medicine
Member in the Duke Clinical Research Institute · 2016 - Present Duke Clinical Research Institute, Institutes and Centers
Associate of the Duke Initiative for Science & Society · 2017 - Present Duke Science & Society, Initiatives
Affiliate, Duke Global Health Institute · 2019 - Present Duke Global Health Institute, University Institutes and Centers

Education, Training & Certifications

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill · 2004 Ph.D.
Emory University · 1995 M.P.H.