George (Tripp) Ake, PhD, is a licensed psychologist with over 20 years of experience in the field of child trauma treatment. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University Medical Center and an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine. Dr. Ake is also the program director for the UCLA-Duke National Center for Child Traumatic Stress, the coordinating center for the SAMSHA-funded National Child Traumatic Stress Network. He serves as the Co-Director of Training at the Center for Child & Family Health.
Dr. Ake provides trauma treatment services at CCFH and supervises many of the psychology postdoctoral fellows and interns from Duke and UNC who provide services in the mental health clinic. He has extensive experience in providing trauma focused mental health treatment to children and adults and is becoming more well known for his work in using implementation science to guide selection, onboarding, and sustaining evidence-based treatments typically used to target symptoms secondary to trauma exposure in children. Dr. Ake’s research and training interests currently focus on implementation science, interpersonal violence, and trauma-informed child welfare practice.
Areas of Focus: Trauma-Informed Organization/Practice, Trauma Screening and Assessment, Parent- Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), Resource Parenting Curriculum (RPC), Child Welfare Trauma Training Toolkit