PhD, Clinical Psychology, Duke University
Cohort 5 Fellow

Academic Mentor
Kathleen Sikkema
Department of Psychology & Neuroscience, Duke University

Policy Mentor
Michelle Hughes
Executive Director, NC Child

Current Institutional Affiliation
Harvard School of Public Health & Mass General Hospital

Areas of Expertise

Evidence-Based/Evidence-Informed Programs, Home Visiting and Maltreatment Prevention, Maternal Health, Mental Health and Well-Being, Regression Modeling, Structural Equation Models, Grounded Theory, Mixed Methods, Infants and Toddlers, Low-Income Families and Individuals


Dr. Karmel Choi is currently a post doctoral fellow at Harvard School of Public Health and Mass General Hospital. Dr. Choi received her PhD from Duke University in Clinical Psychology where her research focused on how trauma affects the health and mental health of mothers and children, particularly during the perinatal period. This research is informed by prior and ongoing work with children and families in diverse settings across Asia, Europe, and North America. Prior to doctoral training, Dr. Choi spent one year in India as a research fellow with a public health NGO, working on projects related to safe childbirth and postpartum care. She was a graduate researcher on several federally funded projects on women’s health and trauma in South Africa, with a focus on pregnant and postpartum mothers. Dr. Choi completed her undergraduate studies at Duke University, earning a B.A. in psychology along with a Child Policy Research certificate. She also holds a M.A. in clinical psychology from Duke University.