About Us

DuWell helps students focus on their individual Wellness by looking at the integration of many areas of their life, including financial, social, spiritual, intellectual, mind-body, and environmental. Each of these dimensions of wellness is essential in maintaining harmony and balance in our lives.  We provide individual services, group outreach and act as consultants, as well as a hub of information, on wellness.

Thomas Szigethy, MA, Associate Dean/Director
Office: 919-681-4646
Fax: (919) 684-1161

Tom joined the Duke family in 2008. He obtained his BS in Mental Health from the Franciscan University in Ohio and his Masters in Counseling with a focus in Child Welfare from St. Joseph College in Connecticut. Prior to working in Higher Education Tom worked with families of abused and neglected children for over 15 years primarily as an investigator. A native New Yorker he loves the outdoors whether it is being at the beach, gardening and/or spending time with his four children.


Michelle Johnson, Staff Assistant
Office: 919-681-8421
Fax: (919) 684-1161

Michelle has worked at Duke since 2004 and provides administrative support to Dean Tom Szigethy in DuWell.  She loves working with the students, parents and campus community.  She also enjoys spending time with her daughter and family, participating in church activities, cooking, shopping and playing softball.


Justin Sharpe, MPH, CHES, CSAPC, Student Development Coordinator
Office: 919-668-0997
Fax: 919-684-1161

Justin joined DuWell in the spring of 2017. He received both his Bachelor of Science in Public Health and his Master of Public Health from East Carolina University. During his time at East Carolina, Justin worked within both student and academic affairs. Prior to Duke, Justin worked as a Prevention Coordinator, overseeing health and wellness programming, assessment and marketing.  In his free time he enjoys traveling, cooking, snow-skiing, wakeboarding and just being outdoors.

David Mallen, M.Ed., Assistant Director
Office: 919-684-1154
Fax: 919-684-1161

David came to Duke in the fall of 2015 after relocating from Pennsylvania where he worked at Penn State in Health Promotion and Wellness as well as in Student Conduct. He completed his Bachelors degree in Communication Arts at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, Masters degree in Education through Grand Canyon University and is currently a doctoral candidate in Higher Education Administration at Penn State. David enjoys the proactive nature of his work and helping students reflect on the educational aspects of every experience. He enjoys spending time with his family and exploring anything new that North Carolina has to offer.


Maralis Mercado, MPH, Student Development Coordinator
Office: 919-668-5666
Fax:  919-684-1161

A Florida Native, Maralis earned a Master of Public Health degree from the University of South Florida, College of Public Health with a concentration in Health Education and Women’s Health.  In 2002, she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Science Education from the University of Florida. Her past experience includes providing Capacity Building Assistance to health departments and AIDS service organizations, serving public sector medicine clinics, conducting public health research at the University of South Florida, and coordinating HIV testing and counseling and sexual education at the University of Central Florida.  In her free time, she enjoys traveling, participating in church activities, baking, reading, and dancing!

DuWell directly engages students in a variety of health and wellness activities on campus. There are a number of ways students that are interested in Wellness can get involved with DuWell.



These two spaces are a calming and soothing place for students to relax, study, talk, learn how to manage stress, enjoy the comfy couches, meditate, gaze at the fish tank, and check out all of the different ways to de-stress.


  • Location: 109 Bell Tower Residence Hall
  • Hours: Sunday - Thursday | 4:00 - 10:00 PM


  • Location: Duke Student Wellness Center, First Floor
  • Hours:
    • Sunday: 4:00 - 10:00pm
    • Monday - Friday: 8:00am - 10:00pm



This listserv helps keep you informed about Wellness related events on campus, and also serves as a space to publicize your group or office's Wellness related events. If you want to subscribe to this list, please email duwell@studentaffairs.duke.edu with your name and email address.

If you would like to advertise your event on our list, you can send us your event to be included in a weekly listserv email, which is sent out on Wednesdays.

Duke Student Wellness Center
305 Towerview Drive
First Floor

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday | 8AM - 5PM

Phone: 919-681-8421
Fax: 919-684-1161


Mailing Address:
Duke Student Wellness Center
305 Towerview Road
BOX 90944
Durham, NC 27708