Jacob Christy, MS – 2019

Jacob Christy received a Master’s in Global Health from Duke in 2019. He is currently a Clinical Research Coordinator for Family Medicine and Community Health at the Duke University School of Medicine. His research interests include leveraging digital health to mitigate health disparities among medically vulnerable populations domestically and internationally, with a primary focus on cardiovascular disease and improving self-monitoring with mobile technology. In addition to working as a research assistant for various studies in Dr. Bennett’s lab, under the mentorship of Dr. Dori Steinberg, he completed his master’s thesis. His research focused on examining patterns and predictors of diet tracking using mobile technology, among hypertensive women.


Michele Lanpher Patel, PhD – 2018

Shelley Patel received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Duke in 2018. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow in cardiovascular disease prevention at the Stanford Prevention Research Center. Her primary research interests include conducting and evaluating behavioral interventions for obesity, with a focus on leveraging technology-based self-monitoring strategies to improve engagement. Shelley is also interested in examining the impact of psychosocial factors—such as health literacy and negative life events—on treatment success. Her publications can be found here:

Shelley completed her undergraduate studies at Duke in 2010, receiving a BA in Psychology and a certificate in Markets & Management. She completed her clinical psychology internship at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System, specializing in behavioral medicine.

Ilana Lane, PhD – 2016

Ilana Lane earned her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Duke in 2016. She is currently a Staff Psychologist at the Durham VA Medical Center, where she specializes in delivering psychological services to Veterans diagnosed with serious mental illness. In addition to engaging in clinical work, Dr. Lane continues to be involved in research. During her time in Dr. Bennett’s lab, Dr. Lane’s research focused on the development and utilization of mobile health technologies for weight management. Currently, she is conducting research on the development of recovery-oriented mobile technologies for individuals diagnosed with serious mental illness.