2018 Duke AHEAD Grant Recipients

October 8, 2018 - 12:05 pm
  • Announcement

At this year’s 5th annual Education Day, the 2018 Duke AHEAD grant recipients were announced. This year 5 projects were funded totaling $36,350. See below for project descriptions and investigators and collaborators.


Assessing the feasibility and impact of a webinar-based shame resilience seminar for interprofessional healthcare learners

PI: William Bynum, MD


  • Susan Hibbard, PhD
  • Jamie Fox, MD
  • Tanya Moore, FNP, RN
  • Lacrecia Bell, MSN, RN

Description: Is a web-based seminar utilizing a documentary-style video and narrative reflection an effective tool for educating interprofessional healthcare learners and providers about shame and strategies to constructively engage with it? This pilot project will inform a proposal to the Josiah Macy Foundation Faculty Scholars Program for a large-scale curricular innovation designed to promote emotional resilience in interprofessional healthcare learners and providers.


"Where's the closest AED?": An Interprofessional initiative to improve the "drop to shock" interval on Duke University's Campus

PI: Margie Molloy, DNP, RN, CNE, CHSE


  • Wayne Thomann, DrPH
  • Remi Hueckel, DNP, CPNP-AC, CHSE, FAANP
  • Margaret Bowers, DNP, RN, FNP-BC, CHFN, CHSE, A.A.C.C., FAANP
  • Raymond Brisson III
  • Melinda Blazar, MHS, PA-C
  • Amy Pastva, PT, PhD

Description:  This project proposes that interprofessional learners work together to engage in a plan-do-study-act cycle to determine locations of Automated External Defibrillators (AED) on the entire Duke campus, produce a short video, and supplement existing informatics tools to educate the public on prompt activation of the emergency response system. The project will engage students in a meaningful IPE activity that will ultimately impact the entire Duke community.


App-based Assessment of Trainee Wellness with a Wellness Fuel Tank

PI: Jamie Fox, MD, Duke School of Medicine


  • Kyle Covington, PT, DPT, PhD/School of Medicine/Physical Therapy
  • Nick Hudak, MSEd, MPA, PA-C/School of Medicine/PA Division
  • Scott Heflin/School of Medicine/Pediatrics
  • Will Bynum, MD/School of Medicine/Community and Family Medicine

Description: Health professions trainee wellness is crucial to provider well-being and better patient outcomes.  Assessment of trainee wellness is often done semi annually or annual and misses the ebb and flow of wellness and burnout at the individual level in the short term.  This project aims to develop a text message-based wellness survey for health professions trainees, evaluate the utilization and impact of this survey in various health professions training programs at Duke and Improve communication with regards to trainee and program wellness among trainees and program leadership.


Training and Education to Advance Multicultural Mental Healthcare Delivery (TEAM Mental Healthcare Delivery)

PI: Gabriela Nagy, PhD


  • Jane Gagliardi, MD
  • M. Zachary Rosenthal, PhD
  • Christian Mauro, PhD
  • Sean Convoy DNP, PMHNP-BC
  • Pamela Wall, PhD
  • Margie Molloy, PhD

Description: This project seeks to improve multicultural education for psychiatry residents, clinical psychology post-doctoral fellows, clinical psychology pre-doctoral interns, psychiatric mental health master’s specialty program trainees, and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner trainees.


Teach More about Teams: A Professional Development Program to Promote Interprofessional Education in Clinical Settings

PI: Nicholas M. Hudak, MPA, MSEd, PA-C


  • William Bynum, MD
  • Betsy Quick Melcher, MHS, PA-C
  • Nadia Pasha, MD
  • Beth Phillips, PhD, RN, CNE
  • Elizabeth Ross, PT, MMSc, DPT, FACH

Description: This grant proposes establishing a continuing professional development program for clinical preceptors who supervise health professions learners. Through this program, they aim to equip clinical preceptors with knowledge, skills, and attitudes to more effectively facilitate IPE in clinical settings. This program would foster development of rich interprofessional relationships among the interprofessional participants enrolled in the program.  They plan to use this pilot program to revise and scale future similar initiatives to reach a greater number of clinical preceptors in the future.

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