Student Resources

Advisory Deans:

  • If you are a current student, your advisory dean’s phone number and the emergency advisory dean pager number can be found here.

Wellbeing and Mental Health Resources:

  • CAPS (Counseling and Psychological Services): Short-term care clinic that provides a variety of services, including individual, group, and couples counseling and serves as a bridge to long-term care, which they will help you find. 919-660-1000, after 5 pm on call-mental health support service: 919-966-3820.
  • Blue Devils Care: 24/7 free mental telehealth support.
  • In-house psychiatrist: Dr. Erikka Dzirasa (a local psychiatrist in private practice in Chapel Hill, NC) who sees students from 1-5 pm on Monday afternoons in Duke South room 4098. No records or financial information are kept in the Duke system. Services are billed to the school’s mental health fund so they are confidential (will not show up on parents’ insurance) and free. Email or call Danielle Lester, our Wellness program staff liaison (, 919-684-6528) to schedule a confidential appointment.
  • Duke Reach: Connects faculty, staff, and students with resources to help a student in need. 919-681-2455,

Graduate and Professional Student Council Resources:

  • Community pantry: Offers in-person grocery selection or a weekly bag program, free to all graduate students at Duke.
  • Emergency travel fund: For unforeseen travel expenses during times of medical emergency or bereavement.
  • Lawyer Assistance Program: Free consultation with a lawyer to discuss legal problems and/or be informed about options.
  • Resource Directory: A guide to resources available to graduate students at Duke.

School of Medicine Resources:

  • Office of Diversity and Inclusion
  • University Ombudsperson: A neutral, confidential contact to talk about mistreatment, harassment, etc. and help you know your options.
  • Multicultural Resource Center: Provides opportunities for education on sociocultural aspects of healthcare, opportunities for engagement with initiatives to contribute to the diversity of the healthcare workforce, financial support for student-initiated projects and clinical/educational experiences, and more.

Duke Resources:

  • Duke Women’s Center: Gender violence support and services for students, including confidential counselors.
  • Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity: Education, advocacy, support, mentoring, and more for students, faculty, and staff with marginalized sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions.

National Resources and Hotlines:

  • National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 800-273-8255
  • National Crisis Text Line: text START to 741-741
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-799-7233