Christina M. Hopkins
Christina is currently a fourth-year graduate student in the Duke Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program and Duke Global Health Institute with Dr. Gary Bennett. Originally from South Jersey, Christina received her B.S. from University of the Sciences in Philadelphia and worked in the Health Behavior Research Lab under the supervision of Dr. E. Amy Janke. Before coming to Duke, Christina worked as Clinical Research Coordinator in the Center for Weight and Eating Disorders at University of Pennsylvania under the supervision of Drs. Tom Wadden, Kelly Allison, and Lucy Faulconbridge.
Christina's research focuses on developing and refining evidence-based weight management interventions, with a particular focus on community health centers and primary care settings. Additionally, she is interested in addressing weight stigma and other barriers to weight management in an effort to provide effective treatments for all.
When not working, Christina is probably doing one of these things (listed in order of likelihood): knitting a sweater while several other half-knit items languish in project bags nearby; reading a book, specifically one written by H. Murakami, D. Tartt, G. Saunders, or M. Atwood; configuring a new gadget; humming along to that Jefferson Airplane song, in harmony (sorry); or trying to do a handstand.
Christina's clinical work can be summarized more accurately (and poetically) by Rumi:
This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice.
meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.
Be grateful for whatever comes.
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.
photo by anna carson dewitt