Deanna Befus, PhD


  • PhD (Duke University)
  • BSN, BA (University of Colorado)

Graduate Program Supervision

Research In Profile

Currently on extended leave of absence.

Featured Publications and Projects

Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals

  • Brenes, G., Sohl, S., Wells, R., Befus, D., Campos, C., & Danhauer, S. (2019). The effects of yoga on patients with mild cognitive impairment and dementia: A scoping review. The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.
  • Befus, D., Irby, M., Coeytaux, R. & Penzien, D. (2018). A critical exploration of migraine as a health disparity: the imperative of an equity-oriented, intersectional approach. Current Pain and Headache Reports, 22(79). doi: 10.1007/s11916-018-0731-3
  • Befus, D., Hassmiller Lich, K., Kneipp, S., Bettger, J., Coeytaux, R. & Humphreys, J. (2018). A qualitative, systems thinking approach to study self-management in women with migraine. Nursing Research, 67(5): 395-403. doi: 10.1097/NNR.0000000000000301
  • Goode, A., Coeytaux, R., Maslow, G., Davis, N., Hill, S., Namdari, B., LaPointe, N., Befus, D., Kosinski, A., Bowen, S., McBroom, A., Lallinger & Sanders, G., Kemper, A. (2018). Nonpharmacologic Treatments for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: A Systematic Review. Pediatrics, 141(6). pii: e20180094. doi: 10.1542/peds.2018-0094.
  • Goldstein, K., Shepherd-Banigan, M., Coeytaux, R., McDuffie, J., Adam, S., Befus, D., Goode, A., Kozinski, A., Masilamani, V., Williams, Jr., J. (2016). Evidence for the use of mindfulness, meditation, and relaxation to treat vasomotor symptoms in perimenopausal and postmenopausal women. Climacteric as short report, 20(2), 178-182. doi: 10.1080/13697137.2017.1283685
  • Coeytaux, R., & Befus, D. (2016). Role of Acupuncture in the Treatment or Prevention of Migraine, Tension-Type Headache, or Chronic Headache Disorders. Headache, 56(7), 1238-40. doi: 10.1111/head.12857

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Additional Information

Academic Appointments and Research Affiliations

  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Social Science and Health Policy, Division of Public Health Sciences, Wake Forest University School of Medicine
  • Centre for Research on Health Equity and Social Inclusion (CRHESI)


  • Young Investigator Award (2018)