George Simpson Ake III
Associate Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

George (Tripp) Ake, PhD, is a Licensed Psychologist with over 20 years of experience in the field of child trauma treatment. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University Medical Center and an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry in the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine. Dr. Ake is also the Training and Implementation Program Director for the UCLA-Duke National Center for Child Traumatic Stress—the coordinating center for the SAMSHA-funded National Child Traumatic Stress Network and the Training Director at the Center for Child and Family Health. Dr. Ake provides trauma treatment services at CCFH and supervises many of the psychology postdoctoral fellows, interns, and practicum students from Duke and UNC who provide services in the mental health clinic. He has extensive experience in providing trauma focused mental health treatment to children and adults and is becoming more well known for his work in using implementation science to guide selection, onboarding, and sustaining evidence-based treatments typically used to target symptoms secondary to trauma exposure in children. Dr. Ake’s research and training interests currently focus on implementation science, interpersonal violence, and trauma-informed child welfare practice.

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Contact Information

  • Center for Child and Family Health, 1121 W. Chapel Hill St., Ste. 100, Durham, NC 27701

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