Melinda “Mindy” Asbury, MD, PhD, was named assistant professor in psychiatry and medical director for the Wake ACT Team in May 2019; she specializes in the treatment of individuals with serious mental illness and brings expertise in intensive community-based interventions, first episode psychosis and integrated care. She also works with psychiatry and family medicine residents who are training with the Wake ACT team.

“Dr. Asbury is passionate about improving the lives of individuals with serious mental illness and is a great fit for a leadership role on this high-performing team,” said Austin Hall, MD, associate professor, UNC Psychiatry, and medical director at the Center for Excellence in Community Mental Health.

Prior to her residency training at Duke University Medical School, she received her medical degree and a doctorate in biomedical sciences with an emphasis in neuropharmacology from the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine at Marshall University. She uses her expertise in neuropsychopharmacology in combination with evidence-based cognitive intervention as her primary treatment modalities.

Asbury is also involved in several research studies at the Center’s North Carolina Psychiatric Research Center, and she continues to collaborate at Duke Medical Center and Durham VA Medical Center with her research focused on optimizing the provision of palliative and hospice care for individuals with serious mental illness.