Staff Bios

Christie Clipper, DHA is Director of the Center for Personalized Health Care at Duke University. Dr. Clipper is a health administration specialist, researcher, and educator who has extensive experience in the design and institution of advanced health delivery systems. She comes to Duke University after serving as administrative leadership for Henry Ford Health System’s (HFHS’s) Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Bone & Mineral Disorders. During her tenure at HFHS, she implement new models of care delivery, improving access and care, through the adoption of Shared Medical Appointments for system-wide dissemination and telemedicine for ambulatory division expansion. In addition, she served as an advisor to HFHS’s Care Experience Division on provider communication skills training. In 2019, she was appointed as an adjunct faculty member for Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, School of Health Professions for the Master of Science in Healthcare Administration Program.Dr. Clipper earned her Doctor of Health Administration from Central Michigan University, her Master of Science in Community Health Services Research from Wayne State University, and her Bachelor of Arts in Health Policy & Finance from University of Michigan-Dearborn. In completion of her doctorate she studied at the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and National Institutes of Health affording insight into health disparities and costs within the United States and globally. This experience lead to her formulating collaborative research projects with Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and Institute for Health Policy, Central Michigan University, and the National Institute of Whole Health.Dr. Clipper’s research collaborations resulted in multiple scientific presentations at national and international conferences, as well as abstract and manuscript publications. Her most prominent international research presentation was “The Use of Behavioral Engagement Model to Improve Patient-Provider Relationship: Applications for Patient-Centered Care” at the 22nd Conference of the International Academy of Management and Business in London, UK in 2016. Dr. Clipper’s research interests have been directed to industry and policy initiatives call for a transformation of our healthcare system to address escalating behavioral-related diseases in a patient-centered environment through improved patient-provider relationships.


Cindy Mitchell provides administrative support to the Center for Personalized Health Care, managing day to day activities including schedules, finances, and human resources. Cindy brings over 30 years of administrative experience in the health care and insurance industries to her work at the Center.

Center Fellows

Dominique Bulgin, PhD, RN is a Fellow at the Center for Personalized Health Care at Duke University and post doctorate in the National Clinician Scholars Program in the Duke School of Nursing and Duke Clinical & Translational Science Institute. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing of Emory University and a PhD in Nursing from Duke University School of Nursing. Dr. Bulgin’s research experiences include conducting secondary quantitative and qualitative analyses to explore factors that influence health behaviors and conducting a multisite, mixed methods global study that focused on uncovering the influence that stigma has on quality of life and self-management behaviors in adults with sickle cell disease in Jamaica and the United States. Her research interest includes improving health outcomes in adults with sickle cell disease by promoting disease self-management and mitigating the influence of social drivers of health and stigma.

Connor Drake, PhD, MPA is a health services researcher in the Duke Department of Population of Health Sciences. His research interests include evaluating the role of primary care in supporting health self-management among patients with complex needs, implementation of evidence-based interventions and emerging technologies, population health management, and care redesign to better respond to social and economic drivers of health. Dr. Drake completed his BA in Political Science, his MPA in Health Administration, and his PhD in Health Policy and Management.