PhD, Clinical Psychology, Duke University
Cohort Five 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: Postdoctoral Fellow

Areas of Expertise

Structural Equation Models, Mental Health and Well-Being, Genetics


Dr. Karmel Choi is a postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Massachusetts 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. Currently, Dr. Choi studies the interplay of genetic and environmental factors that influence trauma and resilience across the life course, leveraging methods from psychology, statistical genetics, and developmental epidemiology. Her clinical work focuses on treatment of mood and anxiety disorders and stress-related health conditions, particularly among women. Dr. Choi completed her PhD in Clinical Psychology at Duke University and her predoctoral clinical internship in Behavioral Medicine at MGH.