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Gary Bennett, PhD

bennett,20gary.jpgBishop-MacDermott Family Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, Global Health, and Medicine
Director, Duke Global Digital Health Science Center (Duke Digital Health)
Associate Professor, Duke Obesity Prevention Program
Duke University

Gary Bennett, PhD, is professor of psychology, global health, and medicine at Duke University. He directs the Duke Obesity Prevention Program and Duke's Digital Health Science Center. Dr. Bennett's research program designs, tests and disseminates digital health obesity treatments for medically vulnerable populations. Much of his work is conducted in the primary care setting, particularly community health centers. He has published extensively the social determinants of obesity and the effectiveness of intervention strategies in high risk populations.

During the past decade, Dr. Bennett has mentored several dozen trainees, in a range of academic settings. All of his postdoctoral mentees currently hold positions as assistant professor at schools of medicine or public health; 80% are underrepresented minority fellows. He currently mentors four junior faculty at Duke, of three of whom are from underrepresented minority groups. Dr. Bennett also informally mentors many underrepresented minority junior scholars at other institutions and holds a monthly conference call with several such junior colleagues to discuss career development issues.

Prior to joining Duke in 2009, Dr. Bennett served on the faculties of the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Bennett earned his BA in psychology from Morehouse College (an HBCU) and his PhD in clinical health psychology at Duke University, prior to completing postdoctoral studies in social epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health.