Brandon Knettel, PhD, MA

U.S. Fellow

Home Institution: Duke University
Fellowship Site: KCMC, Moshi, Tanzania
Research Topic: Formative research to assess needs, examine outcomes, and inform future training interventions for community-based HIV services in Moshi, Tanzania

Dr. Knettel will spend his fellowship year at KCMC Hospital in Moshi under the mentorship of Melissa Watt, PhD, Blandina Mmbaga, MD, PhD and Michael Relf, PhD., RN. His research will focus on forma-tive research to assess needs, examine outcomes and inform future training interventions for community-based HIV services in Moshi.  

Dr. Knettel is a postdoctoral associate at the Duke Global Health Institute working with Dr. Watt on projects aimed at improving HIV care engagement in Tanzania. He is also Coordi-nator for the Social and Behavioral Sciences Core of the Duke Center for AIDS Research. Dr. Knettel earned his doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Lehigh University in 2015, where he conducted research exploring geographical variation in beliefs about the causes of mental illness, as well as barriers to mental health treatment in Tanzania.  

Dr. Knettel completed his clinical training at Duke Integrative Medicine and is a licensed psychologist in the state of North Carolina. His career goal is to become a tenured professor specializing in global mental health.