Eric P. Green

Hi. I'm Eric.
About Me: I have a Ph.D. in Clinical-Community Psychology and a MA in International Studies from the University of South Carolina. Once upon a time I completed my undergraduate studies in Psychology at Bucknell University. Now I work in the field of global health specializing in health and technology, and I teach at Duke University.



Global Mental Health

My research and practice interests cut across these three main areas. As a psychologist working primarily in low-income countries, I'm focused on the massive and growing burden of mental disorders, particularly among young people, pregnant women, and new mothers. A fundamental challenge facing the field today is how to help the millions trying to access care in places where there might only be 1 mental health professional for every 100,000 people.

Health and Technology

As I see it, this is were technology can make an impact. Delivering services, supervising distributed and remote workforces, supporting lower skilled providers that are filling the shoes of professionals, etc. The potential is endless. This is true across many health sectors, not just mental health, and in my current work I'm studying how technology can improve access and outcomes for maternal, child, and reproductive health.

Research Design & Methods

My research efforts span the continuum from formative human-centered design that relies on largely qualitative approaches to develop new ideas to large scale impact evaluations that test these ideas real world settings. This experience working across the spectrum has shaped how I teach students research design and methods, hopefully for the better.

Recent Work

Designs and Methods e-Book

Global Health Research Methods
About the Book: Malaria kills more than 500,000 people each year. Mostly African kids. The worst part is that malaria is preventable and treatable. Insecticide treated bednets prevent transmission, but coverage and use is too low in many places. Should nets be given away for free or subsidized? Is this even sustainable? These are critical questions for scholars, practitioners, policymakers, and donors. Researchers are working hard to get solid answers, and this book will introduce you to their methods.


I have the privilege of working with fantastic teams at Duke and around the world.
Here are my current and former students. Want to work with us?
Stephanie Banks
Research Coordinator
Amy Finnegan
Kiera Needham
Undergraduate '18
Christina Schmidt
Undergraduate '17
Alex Whitcomb
MSc Global Health '17
Yujung Choi
MSc Global Health '17
Hawa Tuli
MSc Global Health '16
Hawa graduated from the MSc program in 2016 after defending her thesis on perinatal depression screening in Kenya. As a Kiswahili speaker from Tanzania, she brought a tremendous depth to our team and our qualitative work.
Ishan Thakore
Undergraduate '15
Ishan studied Public Policy at Duke. He took his interest in online education and global health and wrote a thesis titled "Designing a Voice-Based Treatment Module for Treating Perinatal Depression in Rural Kenya" that focused how we could adapt an existing, in-person treatment model to one delivered to women in rural areas over the phone. Ishan holds the title for most interesting post-Duke employment as a researcher for Full Frontal with Samantha Bee.
Mark Herzog
Undergraduate '15
Mark studied Public Policy at Duke and worked with us in Kenya over several years. His thesis, "Preventative Screening Use among Medically Underserved Patients from Central Appalachia", focused on access to preventive screening among low-income patients attending the Remote Area Medical Corps (RAM) Clinic in Wise County, Virginia. Mark graduated from Duke in 2015 and enrolled at Harvard Medical School as a National Health Service Corps Scholar.
Amogh Karnik
MSc Global Health '13
Amogh completed an undergraduate degree in Biomedical Engineering at Duke prior to joining the MSc in Global Health program. His thesis, "Design and Usability Testing of a Mobile Phone-Based Patient Management System for Women in Rural Kenya" was focused on the design of Baby Monitor, a patient screening and referral system interactive voice response to connect patients to local community health workers and health care providers. He is currently a fourth year medical student at The Commonwealth Medical College in Scranton, PA. He plans to pursue a career in Internal Medicine and Global Health.
From The Blog

Making technology work in the classroom

Tufts professor Dan Drezner has grown wary of using technology in the classroom. I get it. Like Dan, I’ve also come to see laptops as a big distraction to students and their neighbors. And I hate the “Facebook face”. You know, the one where the student has this awkward smile that is about 30 seconds behind anything remotely funny that I might have said. Or worse, the silent chuckle sparked by a stupid GIF or text sent by a friend that happens to coincide with me talking about some depressing statistic about the state of the world.
I’ve considered banning laptops like Dan has, but this seems like a decree that I would have hated as a student. So I’ve resisted this nuclear option in favor of restructuring my classes to get students to look up from their screens. I won’t claim victory, but I’ve been encouraged by the results. Here’s what I’ve tried in my Global Health Research course.

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Students go on to do fun things

As a new faculty member, it’s been fun to mentor students and see where life takes them. So far Ishan the fact checker takes the prize for most interesting (starting at 4:40):


Exporting from R to Excel with Conditional Formatting

It’s often the case that I want to share preliminary results with colleagues and have them provide feedback. This is pretty easy to do as a pdf using RStudio and a bit of LaTeX or markdown. And it’s now easy to turn my notes and results into a webpage via RStudio and tools like RPubs.
But sometimes I need others to comb through pages of results like factor loadings, and these output formats don’t cut it. In these cases, I export to Excel using the xlsx package so everyone can sort, make notes, highlight cells, etc.
This works really well, but I had a case recently where I needed a team of people to review 20+ sheets of factor loadings and comment on possible structures and interpretations. It’s common to start with some cutoff for factor loadings (x), often abs(x)>=0.30, so conditional formatting in Excel is a nice way to visualize patterns.


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Records for Life


In June 2013, the Gates Foundation announced an interesting idea for a competition: to remake the child health record. How great?! A contest that blended global health delivery, health information systems, design thinking, and a bit of tech.
The Records for Life contest (pdf) was open to anyone, even students, so we put out a call to Duke global health undergrads. Over the course of a few weeks in October, we established a core team and got to work.

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Contact Me

email | +1919-681-7289
Duke Global Health Institute
Box 90519
Durham, NC 27708 USA
Duke Global Health Institute
310 Trent Drive
Durham, NC 27710 USA