Department releases 2020-2021 Charles Lafitte Foundation special funding report

2020-2021 Charles Lafitte Impact Report

The Department of Psychology and Neuroscience is pleased to release the 2020-2021 Impact Report for the Charles Lafitte Foundation Program in Psychological & Neuroscience Research at Duke University. This special funding report highlights the program's achievements, including stories, data, photographs, and student testimonials. A link to the full 14-page report can be found below. 

In a statement from department leadership on June 30, 2021 Professor and Department Chair Scott Huettel shared these words: 

The ongoing pandemic continues to challenge our society’s collective physical and mental health, financial well-being, and even our sense of community. At Duke we’ve seen how our students have to bear those challenges as they balance the normal difficulties of courses and research while simultaneously dealing with pandemic-induced instability. Their perseverance and resilience has been inspiring.


Support from the Charles Lafitte Program in Psychological Research has been critical for providing some sense of normalcy during uncertain times. Our students have been able to attend virtual conferences, collect research data via online surveys, and participate in summer programs with a cohort of peers spread out around the country. Moreover, our special call for research grants dedicated to understanding COVID’s effects on mental health and behavior provided an opportunity for our students to direct their intellectual energy toward solutions for this and future pandemics — as always, doing research that matters.


On behalf of all of our students, staff, and faculty, I want to express my deep gratitude to the Charles Lafitte Foundation. Their investment in our department is really an investment in its people, one that will pay off over the coming years and decades as Duke students and faculty emerge from the pandemic even wiser and more resilient.