Dalia Khoury, PhD

Services Effectiveness Research Program (SERP)

Duke University School of Medicine
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Dalia Khoury, PhD

Research Interests

My overarching interests lie in the application of the research process to an identified need or problem. To date, my research has experience has spanned substantive areas, but the underlying commonality has been populations that are vulnerable or stigmatized (e.g., foster children with mental health problems, Arab Americans with mental health problems, poor individuals with disabilities, incarcerated individuals with mental health problems).  What drives my efforts is an underlying interest in these most vulnerable groups and a deep interest in the research approaches and methodologies that underlie research on the complicated set of factors that influence services and outcomes for these populations. In addition, I am interested in exploring the existence of disparities in mental health service access, quality, and outcomes, particularly among understudied groups.  I am particularly interested in building from these interests to understand the policy, contextual, and service system issues that influence mental health service access, quality, and outcomes for vulnerable populations.

Current Research Projects

I am currently working with Allison Robertson, Ph.D., Jeffrey Swanson, Ph.D., and Marvin Swartz, MD, on studies: 1) exploring the use of Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) as a supplement to the treatment of individuals with co-occurring substance abuse and serious mental illness who are also involved in the criminal justice system (a subset of whom are drug court clients); 2) the implementation and evaluation of psychiatric advance directives; and 3) and the intersection of firearms policy with the mental health system.


2016 Ph.D. Social work; Virginia Commonwealth University
2005 M.Ed. Counseling Psychology; University of Missouri-Columbia
2001 B.S. Psychology and Neuroscience; Duke University

Selected Publications

Khoury, D. (2017).  Mental Health Provider Cultural Competence toward Arabs.  Manuscript submitted for publication (Journal of Ethnic and Cultural Diversity in Social Work).

 Im, H., Jettner, J., Warsame, A., Isse, M., Khoury, D., & Ross, A. (2017).  Trauma-Informed

Psychoeducation (TIPE) for Urban Refugee Youth: Effectiveness of Peer-Led Psychoeducation to Urban Somali Refugees in Kenya.  Manuscript submitted for publication (International Journal of Social Psychiatry).

Khoury, D. & Manuel, J.I. (2016).  The development and validation of a measurement of multicultural competence towards Arab Americans. Best Practices in Mental Health, 12(1), 43-60.

Price, S.K., Gray, L.A., & Khoury, D.  (2014). Facilitating mental health intervention in home visiting:  Learning from content, context, clients, and community.  Zero to Three, (34), 5, 28-34

Weng, S.S. & Khoury, D. (2013) Culturally specific services. In L.H. Cousins & J.G. Golson (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Human Services and Diversity.  Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Sperber Richie, B., Ferguson, A., Adamaly, Z., Gomez, M., Khoury, D. (2003).  Resilience in survivors of traumatic limb loss.   Disability Studies Quarterly, 23 (2), 29-41.

Khoury, D. (May 2017).  Mental health provider readiness for change: implications for cultural competence  (in progress).

Selected Presentations

Khoury, D.  (January, 2015). Initial development and validation of a scale measuring cultural competence towards Arab Americans.  Poster presented at the 19th Annual Conference for Society for Social Work and Research, New Orleans, LA.

Khoury, D. (November, 2013). Understanding access to mental health services for individuals from the Middle East.  Paper presented at the 59th Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education, Dallas, TX.

Price, S. K., Gray, L. A., Khoury, D. & Masho, S.  (March, 2013).  Bridging the mental health services gap for low-income women with perinatal depression: Results from a translational research pilot.  Poster presented at Women’s Health 2013: The 21st Annual Congress, Washington, DC.

Sperber Richie, B., Ferguson, A., Khoury, D., Gomez, J., Adamaly, Z. (May, 2003) Physical Rehabilitation is not enough: Comprehensive and Coordinated Care for Landmine Survivors. Presented at the International Society for Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine, Prague, Czechoslovakia.

Contact: dalia.khoury@duke.edu