Our Providers

Nancy Zucker PhD

Director, Duke Center for Eating Disorders

Dr. Zucker is Founder and Director of the Duke Center for Eating Disorders (DCED), an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in the Duke University School of Medicine, and an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at Duke University. The DCED, under her leadership, is striving to distinguish itself in two primary ways. The Center strives to be one of the foremost Centers in the country for the creation of state-of-art treatments for individuals with eating disorders and the delivery of these treatments to individuals with eating disorders. One of the core missions of the Center is to find ways to deliver state-of-the-art care within the home, while finding ways to minimize the stress placed on families. To help achieve these visions, Dr. Zucker’s research addresses these same goals. Specifically, she tries to understand how individuals learn to decode the signals from their body (e.g., like hunger pains or gut butterflies) and how they come to use (or not use) those body signals to help them make effective decisions (e.g., like eating when hungry) and learn to trust themselves. Thus, many of the treatments developed at the Center help individuals and their families to get better at, and more comfortable with, experiencing all the confusing messages their bodies may send – from fatigue, to emotional pain. She views that helping individuals to live effectively in their bodies is one of the cornerstones of eating disorder treatments.

Richard Chung MD

Medical Director, Pediatrics

Dr. Chung is the Director of Adolescent Medicine at Duke University Medical Center and is an Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. He received his A.B. degree in Cognitive Neuroscience from Harvard University and his medical degree from the Yale University School of Medicine. Dr. Chung then trained in pediatrics and internal medicine at Duke University Medical Center and adolescent and young adult medicine at Children’s Hospital Boston prior to returning to Duke to direct the Adolescent Medicine Program. He also serves as the Medical Director of the Duke Center for Eating Disorders. Dr. Chung is board certified in Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, and Adolescent Medicine. Dr. Chung’s clinical and research interests center on preventive and chronic disease care of adolescents and young adults. He has experience in engaging primary care clinicians in systematically improving adolescent preventive care measures and currently works with the Duke primary care practices in that regard. Further, Dr. Chung has research and clinical experience in understanding ways to improve adolescent health through behavioral change, particularly in the context of chronic illness. As part of these efforts, he helps lead efforts at Duke to improve transitional care for adolescents with special health care needs. Finally, Dr. Chung oversees the medical care of patients within the Duke Center for Eating Disorders and supports research efforts within the Center.

Laura Weisberg PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Dr. Weisberg is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and a Licensed Clinical Psychologist. She is interested in using somatically focused therapies in the management of eating disorders.

Melanie Trost MD

Assistant Professor, Family Medicine and Community Health

Dr. Trost enjoys working in Student Health because it allows her to focus on her medical interests – women’s health, family planning, sports medicine, dermatology, travel medicine, and eating and body image concerns. She enjoys being a primary care provider for students because of the unique opportunities to help newly independent health care consumers navigate a complex health care system. At Student Health she oversees the International Travel Clinic and is a medical provider for Duke Center for Eating Disorders. In her free time, Melanie enjoys biking, kayaking, reading, gardening and playing with her family. Dr. Trost attended Medical School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She completed her residency in Family Medicine here at Duke University. She spends her time working for Duke Student Health and has been working conjointly with the DCED since 2004.

Betty Staples MD

Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Director of Pediatric Residency Training

Dr. Betty Staples is an associate Professor of Pediatrics and the Director of Pediatric Residency Training. She focuses on adolescent care and has been working with the DCED for 15 years.

Noga Zerubavel PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Dr. Zerubavel is a licensed psychologist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University Medical Center. She has expertise in cognitive behavioral and mindfulness-based approaches to psychotherapy. Dr. Zerubavel specializes in the incorporation of mindfulness-based approaches into advanced behavioral therapies. Her clinical work focuses on individuals with trauma, either in isolation, or in the context of eating, mood, or anxiety disorders. She uses behavioral learning principles, exposure-based treatment, and mindfulness techniques to help individuals expand their food repertoires. Her research focuses on dissociation or disconnection individuals can experience with their bodies, thoughts, or situations that leads them feeling isolated from themselves and others. She seeks to better define the neurobiological and behavioral correlates of dissociation so she can define effective treatments.

Thor Zucker PhD (Particularly Helpful Dog)

Therapy dog in training

Dr. Thor Zucker is a therapy dog in training who specializes in eating the foods that others reject.

Patricia Gammon PhD

Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Dr. Gammon is a licensed psychologist in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University Medical Center.

Marla Wald MD

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Dr. Wald is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and a child psychiatrist.