Dr. Gina Newsome Duncan is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Health Behavior. A native of North Carolina, Dr. Duncan moved to Maryland at an early age and completed her secondary school education in Columbia, MD. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Hampton University in Hampton, VA with a B.S. in Chemistry and completed medical school at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in Chapel Hill, NC.
Dr. Duncan completed her internship and residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH)/McLean Hospital Adult Psychiatry Residency training program in Boston, MA. She served as Chief Resident of Psychotherapy in the MGH outpatient clinic during the 2009-2010 academic year and was a recipient of the American Psychiatric Association/SAMHSA Minority Fellowship. In 2010 she received the MGH Anne Alonso award for outstanding work as a psychotherapist.
Dr. Duncan’s areas of academic and clinical interest are the use of medication and individual psychotherapy for the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders, the intersection of spirituality and psychiatry, and cultural competence in resident and medical student education. Her other areas of special interest are disparities in health and achievement that disproportionately affect minority communities, strength-based approaches to building resilience and self-worth, the use of media to impact the community, and motivational speaking and writing. She is a regular blogger on the American Psychiatric Association’s Healthy Minds website: www.apahealthyminds.blogspot.com.
While at Harvard, she started a community-based participatory research project called Abundant Life Through Applied Resilience (ALTAR), which is a church-based mental health promotion program, and she is excited to continue that work here at Georgia Health Sciences University.