Dana Ajeen

Clinical Research Specialist

As a Clinical Research Specialist for the Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development, Dana assists with laboratory preparation for clinical assessments, as well as maintaining study materials subject information for the Duke IMPACT study. She works to ensure that visits are positive and impactful for participants, families, and study clinicians. 

Dana Received her B.A in Psychology with a minor in ESL from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington in May of 2019. While at UNCW, Dana participated in several experiences that stemmed her interest in a career in mental healthcare. She was an intern and practicum student receiving clinical exposure in the Wilmington area through Coastal Horizons intensive in-home therapy and Incredible year programs. Dana was also heavily involved in working with the New Hanover County community through volunteer with Special Olympics, elementary/middle schools as well as the New Hanover Regional Medical Center as a playroom therapy and pediatric unit volunteer. Dana spent two years working under Dr. Kate Nooner at UNCW’s trauma and resilience lab conducting EEG’s and looking at the behavioral effects of maltreated versus non-maltreated adolescents and bio markers of binge drinking.

In the future, Dana hopes to improve mental health care for underserved populations and continue to improve the lives of children and adolescents. Dana has plans to pursue a Ph.D. in clinical or school psychology.