Community Representative

Selaine Niedel, PhD

Selaine Niedel joined the CCFH Board as a community representative in 2022. Dr. Niedel holds a PhD in Health Policy and Master’s degrees in Public Health, the Arts and in Piano performance. Her public health research and publications focus on and explore the mechanisms by which parents gain the knowledge and confidence to care for their child, newly diagnosed with a chronic disease. In particular, during clinical visits, she studied the interactions of clinician-experts and inexpert parents, who over time become their child’s surrogate clinician. Before her work in public health, Dr. Niedel taught classes in humanities, performed concerts throughout the Southeast United States and served as Chairman and Lecturer for the Duke University Museum of Art (DUMA) Docent Program, where she initiated a program between DUMA and the Durham public school system.

“Reducing childhood trauma and improving family health through the treatments and efforts of CCFH  is very important to me. I believe my prior work with families and children will help me identify and develop partnerships that will enhance existing programs and expand and integrate practices and services for families and children throughout the North Carolina communities served by CCFH.”