About Me

Jennifer S. Segura, MD, Graduate of Duke’s Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship

I am a graduate of Duke University Medical Center’s general psychiatry residency and child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship. I grew up in Charlotte, NC, attended Brown University where I got my B.A. in Religious Studies, attended a premedical post-baccalaureate program at Goucher College, then attended medical school at Wake Forest University before coming to Duke for my adult and child psychiatry training. I concentrated a portion of my training on working with adolescents and families dealing with substance abuse. I am now in practice providing psychiatric care to children, adolescents, and adults in Charlotte, NC.

Both personally and professionally, I have seen the damaging effects that substance abuse can have on bright, caring, intelligent individuals and their families. Adolescence is most often when addiction begins, leading to self-destructive behaviors that corrode friendships, familial connections, parenting skills, careers, finances, and self-worth. Addiction is a treatable disease, but sadly both the stigma and the limited access to treatment resources deter patients from seeking help.

I had the privilege of working with Duke’s Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment Team in the Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) and was impressed with their ability to treat addicted adolescents and their families in a respectful, caring environment. It was there I saw adolescents stop using long enough to re-focus, to begin to repair the damage done to their families, and to look toward future goals beyond drugs and alcohol. I thoroughly enjoyed learning from Gary, Roxanne, Elise, Dr. Looney, and each and every one of the adolescents and their families.

In August 2010 I was awarded a Duke Innovate Documentary Fellowship in combination with Duke’s Center for Documentary Studies and the Duke Graduate Medical Education Office where I was taught how to create a documentary. Under the mentorship of Liisa Ogburn, Nancy Kalow, Erica Rothman, and John Moses, MD at the Center for Documentary Studies, I learned to take photos, record audio, edit video, and create a website. The final project is what you see here.

My goal in creating this project is to let people know more about Duke’s Adolescent IOP, the dedicated people who make it possible, and those who have gone through it. By doing so, I hope to de-stigmatize addictive disease, those who struggle with it, and those who treat it. My hope is that it will inspire other clinicians to go into the important field of substance abuse treatment or at least to know the resources available so that appropriate referrals can be made. I hope for those families and adolescents in need of help, this will demystify substance treatment and help them receive needed treatment.

Thank you to everyone who has helped with this project in the Duke Center for Adolescent Substance Use Treatment, the Duke Department of Child Psychiatry, the Duke Center for Documentary Studies, and especially to Laura* and Jason*. I also want to thank my dear husband, daughter, family, and friends for their love and support throughout this project and always.

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