Dane R. Whicker, PhD
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I'm committed to social justice, anti-racism, diversity, equity, and inclusion. All my LGBTQ+ patients are welcomed and valued for who they are, as they are.
– Dane R. Whicker, PhD

Dane R. Whicker, PhD

Clinical Psychologist, Eating Disorders Specialist

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Areas of Expertise
Where I See Patients
Duke Center for Eating Disorders - Durham, NC
Duke Child and Adolescent Gender Care Clinic - Durham, NC
Duke Psychiatry at Civitan Building - Durham, NC
I'm committed to social justice, anti-racism, diversity, equity, and inclusion. All my LGBTQ+ patients are welcomed and valued for who they are, as they are.
– Dane R. Whicker, PhD

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About Me

I enjoy providing affirming psychological care to LGBTQ+ patients with diverse sexual orientations and gender identities across the lifespan. I specialize in guiding transgender, nonbinary, and gender expansive adolescents, adults, and their families through social and medical transition, including conducting any needed behavioral health assessments before individuals start puberty suppression, hormone replacement therapy, or gender affirming surgical procedures. I work closely with other providers to provide state-of-the-art interdisciplinary gender-informed and affirming clinical care. I am trained to provide Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for individuals with eating disorders and trauma. I also provide couples therapy. In therapy or assessment, I believe building a genuine, collaborative relationship with each patient is essential. I enjoy learning about people: who they are, what they care about, and working together to make their lives better in a real, sustainable way through evidence-based practice. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my husband and our Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Rhett.

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Areas of Expertise

  • Gender Medicine

Training and Education

LGBTQ+ Healthcare and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Duke University, 2016-2018
PhD, Clinical Psychology, Marquette University (Wisconsin), 2016
Pre-Doctoral Internship Program, Duke University, 2016
MS, Clinical Psychology, Marquette University (Wisconsin), 2013

Clinical Focus and Research

My Research Interests

My research interests are focused on the experiences of LGBTQ+ individuals, identifying the special needs of this population and providing evidence-based ideas on how to effectively address problems around equity in health care. In addition to my clinical work, I also work at the Duke Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI). In this position, I help other researchers develop and incorporate an anti-racist, equity-focused lens into their research, so that all members of our community can benefit from cutting-edge research.

View my publications on PubMed

Insurance Accepted

Duke Health contracts with most major health insurance carriers and transplant networks, including the ones listed below.

    • Aetna Choice POS, Aetna Choice POS II
    • Aetna Elect Choice HMO, Aetna Open Access Elect Choice
    • Aetna Health Network Only, Aetna Health Network Option
    • Aetna HMO
    • Aetna Limited Benefit Insurance PPO
    • Aetna Managed Choice POS
    • Aetna Medicare Assure Plan (HMO D-SNP)
    • Aetna Medicare Eagle Plan (PPO)
    • Aetna Medicare Essential Plan (PPO)
    • Aetna Medicare Value Plan (HMO)
    • Aetna Open Access HMO, Open Access Aetna Select, Aetna Open Access Managed Choice
    • Aetna Open Choice PPO
    • Aetna PCP Coordinated POS Plan
    • Aetna Quality Point of Service (QPOS)
    • Aetna Select HMO
    • Aetna Traditional Choice
    • Aetna Voluntary Indemnity Group Plan
    • Aetna Whole Health – Duke WakeMed WKCC
    • Aetna/CVS Health
    • Ambetter of North Carolina
    • Blue Advantage
    • Blue Medicare (HMO, PPO)*
    • Blue Options (123, PPO, HSA)
    • Blue Select
    • NC State Employees Health Plan
    • *Duke HomeCare and Hospice does not participate in the plan.

  • Bright HealthCare
    • Cigna Behavioral Health (*Limited eligibility)
    • Cigna Choice Plus
    • Cigna Connect Individual Family Plan
    • Cigna Open Access
    • Cigna Open Access Plus
    • *Please call Cigna Behavioral Heath to see if the provider is participating in your plan.

    • Duke Basic
    • Duke Select
    • Experience Health Medicare Advantage (HMO) Plan
  • First Health
  • Gateway Health Alliance
    • Halifax Physician-Hospital Organization plans*
    • *This plan is only accepted at Duke University Hospital, Duke Regional Hospital, Duke Raleigh Hospital, and Duke HomeCare & Hospice.

  • Healthgram
    • Humana Choice (PPO)
    • Humana Choice - Medicare Advantage (PPO)
    • Humana ChoiceCare - Medicare Advantage (PPO)
    • Humana Gold Choice - Medicare Advantage (PFFS)
    • Humana Gold Plus - Medicare Advantage (HMO)
    • Humana Medicare Advantage Group Plan - NC State Retirees
  • MedCost
    • First Medicare Direct
    • Medicare Part A
    • Medicare Part B
  • MultiPlan / Private Healthcare Systems
    • AmeriHealth Caritas North Carolina
    • Carolina Complete Health
    • Healthy Blue
    • NC Medicaid Direct
    • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
    • WellCare of North Carolina
    • FAMIS*
    • Optima Family Care (Medicaid HMO in VA)*
    • Optima Individual & Family (On & Off Exchange Plans)
    • Optima Plus (PPO)
    • Optima Vantage (HMO)
    • *Duke Primary Care, Duke University Hospital, Duke Regional Hospital, and Duke Raleigh Hospital are not participating with this plan.

    • TRICARE Prime
    • TRICARE Prime Remote
    • TRICARE Select
    • AARP Medicare Advantage Plan 2 (HMO-POS)
    • AARP Medicare Complete (HMO, PPO)*
    • AARP Medicare Complete Essential (HMO)*
    • All Savers Alternate Funding
    • All Savers Fully Insured
    • United Healthcare (HMO, PPO, POS)
    • United Healthcare Charter/Charter Balance/Charter Plus
    • United Healthcare Choice/Choice Plus
    • United Healthcare Core/Core Essential
    • United Healthcare Navigate/Navigate Plus/Navigate Balanced
    • United Healthcare Option PPO
    • United Healthcare Passport Connect Choice/Choice Plus
    • United Healthcare Passport Connect Options PPO
    • United Healthcare Select/Select Plus
    • United Healthcare Shared Services - Harvard Pilgrim/UHC Options PPO Network
    • United Medical Resources (UMR)
    • *Duke HomeCare and Hospice and mental health providers do not participate with the plan.

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External Relationships

Duke requires faculty members to report certain relationships outside of their employment in order to ensure potential conflicts can be addressed. This faculty member has reported no outside activities that relate to their Duke responsibilities.