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Brandon Knettel

Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing
School of Nursing
School of Nursing, Box 3322, Durham, NC 27710
307 Trent Drive, Durham, NC 27710


Brandon Knettel, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist and Assistant Professor with a primary appointment in the Duke University School of Nursing and a secondary appointment in the Duke Global Health Institute. His areas of specialization are global mental health and health behavior, with a focus on care engagement, nurse-led models of care, stigma reduction, and mental health support for people living with HIV. At DGHI, he teaches a course in Global Mental Health for the Master's of Science in Global Health program. 

Dr. Knettel’s international projects are primarily located in Moshi, Tanzania, where he completed a one-year VECD Fogarty Global Health Fellowship to evaluate a community health worker program for HIV care engagement. In 2021, he received a NIMH K08 Career Development Award to develop a brief telehealth counseling intervention to address suicidal ideation and improve care engagement among people living with HIV in Tanzania. He is also leading pilot research to extend access to treatment for opioid use disorder in North Carolina, and was co-PI of a DGHI pilot grant to improve the understanding of cancer-related stigma in Tanzania.

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing · 2021 - Present School of Nursing
Assistant Research Professor of Global Health · 2020 - Present Duke Global Health Institute, University Institutes and Centers

Education, Training & Certifications

Lehigh University · 2015 Ph.D.