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Devon Karnes Check

Assistant Professor in Population Health Sciences
Population Health Sciences
215 Morris Street, Suite 210, Durham, NC 27708


Devon Check, PhD is a health services and implementation researcher whose primary research interests include quality of care and the implementation of evidence-based and guideline-recommended practices in oncology. Her projects use large secondary data analysis as well as qualitative and mixed methods to investigate variation and inequities in cancer care, the experiences of patients and clinicians, and multi-level factors that impact cancer treatment and outcomes. She has a specific interest in supportive cancer care, and within that area, she has a growing portfolio of research projects focused on pain and symptom management in cancer. 

Dr. Check also has methodological expertise in implementation science. She has served as the implementation research methods expert on several behavioral intervention trials that use a hybrid effectiveness-implementation design. She also co-leads the Implementation Science Core Working Group as part of the Coordinating Center for the NIH Pragmatic Trials Collaboratory and the NIH HEAL Collaboratory. 

Dr. Check received her PhD in Health Policy and Management from the Gillings School of Global Public Health at UNC-Chapel Hill. Prior to joining the Department of Population Health Sciences at Duke, she completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Delivery Science at Kaiser Permanente Northern California's Division of Research. 

Areas of Expertise: Implementation Science and Health Services Research

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Assistant Professor in Population Health Sciences · 2021 - Present Population Health Sciences, Basic Science Departments
Member of the · 2018 - Present Duke Cancer Institute, Institutes and Centers

Education, Training & Certifications

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill · 2016 Ph.D.