Cheryl Giscombe, PhD, RN, PMHNP-BC, FAAN

Melissa and Harry LeVine Family Professor of Quality of Life, Health Promotion and Wellness; Distinguished Term Associate Professor; PMHNP Lead Faculty, MSN Division; & Assistant Dean, MSN Division and MSN Program
Psychiatric/Mental Health

cherylw@email.unc.edu

919.843.9491

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
School of Nursing
Carrington Hall, CB #7460
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7460

Office: 1300

Cheryl L. Woods Giscombé, PhD, RN, PMHNP-BC is the Melissa and Harry LeVine Family Professor of Quality of Life, Health Promotion and Wellness. Her program of research focuses on understanding and reducing stress-related health disparities among African Americans. Her research incorporates sociohistorical and biopsychosocial perspectives to investigate how stress and coping strategies contribute to stress-related psychological and physical health outcomes. Dr. Giscombé has a particular interest in the potential for integrative approaches to reduce mental health-related disparities among African Americans.

Dr. Giscombé is dually trained in nursing and psychology. She completed a BA in psychology from North Carolina Central University and a BSN from Stony Brook University in New York. She earned MA and PhD degrees in social and health psychology from Stony Brook University and a MSN from the psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner/clinical nurse specialist program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Giscombé completed certification in holistic health from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in Manhattan, New York. In addition, she completed postdoctoral training at UNC Chapel Hill (Interventions to Prevent and Manage Chronic Illness funded by NIH/NINR and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Minority Fellowship Program in collaboration with the American Nurses Association). In 2007 Dr. Giscombé was selected as a “Leader in the Field” by the American Psychological Association when she was awarded the Carolyn Payton Early Career Award.

Dr. Giscombé is particularly grateful for her immediate family (husband, Kessonga and two daughters, Zuri and Zola) her extended family, friends, and mentors who support and inspire her both professionally and personally.

2017 Selected as Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing
2017 North Carolina Nurses Association – Best Practice Award Caring for Ourselves (LeVine Wellness Program)
2017 100 Great Nurses of North Carolina
2017 Scholar/Participant, Harvard Macy Institute, Harvard Medical School, Leading Innovations in Health Care & Education
2017 Invited Commencement Speaker, Stony Brook University, Department of Psychology
2016 Scholar/Participant, Harvard Macy Institute, Harvard Medical School, Program for Educators in Health Professions
2016 Stony Brook University Forty Under Forty Distinguished Alumni Award
2016 UNC School of Nursing Faculty Award for Excellence in Doctoral Mentorship (Awardee)
2015 UNC School of Nursing Faculty Award for Excellence in Doctoral Mentorship (Nominee)
2014 Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholars Program (UNC Chapel Hill; 2014-2016)
2014 TEDx NCSSM (North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics), Invited Speaker
2013 Appointee, American Psychological Association Working Group on Stress and Health Disparities
2012 Brilliant New Investigator Award, Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science
2012 North Carolina Central University “40 Under 40” Distinguished Alumni Award
2012 Scholar, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Nurse Faculty Scholars Program
2011 “Halo Award,” Honored for Establishing Mental Health Services at Healing with CAARE, Inc.
2010 Invited Affiliate, African American Collaborative Obesity Research Network (AACORN)
2008 UNC at Chapel Hill Graduate and Professional Student Federation Travel Award
2007 Health Disparities Research Loan Repayment Awardee National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIH/NICMHD, 2007-2009)
2007 American Psychological Association “Leader In the Field” – Carolyn Payton Early Career Award
2007 Nurse Educators of Tomorrow Scholarship Recipient, College Foundation of NC (2007-2009)
2005 Award for Excellence in Research, Department of Psychology, Stony Brook University
2005 American Psychological Association Research Award in Health Psychology (Division 38)
2004 W. Burghardt Turner Summer Doctoral Research Award
2003 W. Burghardt Turner Summer Doctoral Research Award
2001 Nurses Educational Funds, M. Elizabeth Carnegie Scholarship for Doctoral Study
2000 Robert Harvey Award for Excellence, School of Nursing, SUNY Stony Brook
1998 W. Burghardt Turner Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, SUNY Stony Brook (1998-2005)

*Denotes first-authored by student or post-doctoral trainee who received Dr. Giscombe’s mentorship during manuscript development and publication.

**Denotes senior authorship

Denotes products of engaged scholarship.

Book and Chapters, including pages:

Black, B. P., Knobel, R., & Woods-Giscombe, C. (2013). The science of nursing and evidence-based practice.  In Professional Nursing:  Concepts and Challenges. Black, B. P. (Ed.). pp. 220-238.  New York, NY:  Elsevier.

Sherwood, G., Horton-Deutsch, Sara, & Woods-Giscombe, C. (2017). Attention to self as nurse: Caring for patients, caring for self, making sense of practice. In Sherwood & Horton-Deutsch (Eds.). Reflective Practice: Transforming Education and Improving Outcomes, Second Edition.

Refereed Papers/Articles (published or in press)

Stress and Health Disparities Working Group at the American Psychological Association (Brondolo, E., Byer, K., Giscombe, C., Kaplan, J., Liu, C., Prather, A., Thomas, K.  (In Press). Stress and Health Disparities: Contexts, Mechanisms and Interventions among Racial/Ethnic Minority and Low Socioeconomic Status Populations. An Official Report of the American Psychological Association: Washington: DC.

Vinesett, A. L., Whaley, R. R., Giscombe, C. W., Dennis, P., Johnson, M., Li, Y., Mounzeo, P., Baegne, M., & Wilson, K. H. (In Press). Modified African Ngoma healing ceremony for stress reduction: A pilot study.  Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine.

*Devane-Johnson, S., Woods-Giscombe, C., Williams, R., Thoyre, S., & Fogel, C. (In Press). A qualitative study of social, cultural, and historical influences on African American women’s infant feeding practices. Journal of Perinatal Education.

*Devane-Johnson, S., Woods-Giscombe, C. (In Press). Integrative literature of factors related to breastfeeding in African American women: Evidence for a potential paradigm shift. Journal of Human Lactation.

Hodges, E. A., Johnson Rowsey, P., Fowler, T., Kneipp, S., Giscombe, C., Foster, B., Alexander, R., & Kowlowitz, V. (2017). Bridging the Gender Divide: Smoothing the Educational Path for Men in Nursing. Journal of Nursing Education.

Woods-Giscombe, C. L. (2016). The development of the Interprofessional Leadership Institute for Mental Health Equity. Collaborative Healthcare: Interprofessional Practice, Education and Evaluation (JCIPE), 7(2), Article 3.

Woods-Giscombe, C. L., Carthron, D., Robinson, M., & Devane-Johnson, S. & Corbie-Smith, G. (2016). Superwoman Schema, stigma, spirituality, and (culturally) sensitive providers: Factors influencing mental health service utilization in African American women. Journal of Best Practices in Health Professions Diversity: Research, Education, and Policy,  9, 1124-1144.

Samuel, C. A., Pinheiro, L. C., Reeder-Hayes, K. E., Walker, J. S., Corbie-Smith, G., Fashwaw, S. A., Woods-Giscombe, C., & Wheeler, S. (2016). To be young, Black, and living with breast cancer: A systematic review of health-related quality of life in young Black breast cancer survivors. Breast Cancer Research and Treatment. DOI: 10.1007/s10549-016-3963-0

*Chung, J. & Woods-Giscombe, C. (2016). Influence of dosage and type of music therapy in symptom management and rehabilitation for individuals with schizophrenia. Issues in Mental Health Nursing DOI: 10.1080/01612840.2016.1181125

Woods-Giscombé, C. L., Lobel, M., Zimmer, C., Cene, C. W., & Corbie-Smith, G. (2016). Whose stress is making me Sick?  Network-stress and emotional distress in African American women. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 36, 71-0-717.

*Mitchell, S., Kneipp, S., Giscombe, C. (2016). Social factors related to smoking among rural, low-income women: Findings from a systematic review. Public Health Nursing. DOI: 10.1111/phn.12233.

**Diggins, A., & Woods-Giscombe, C. L. (2015). The association of perceived stress, contextualized stress, and emotional eating with body mass index in college-aged Black women. Eating Behaviors. DOI:10.1016/j.eatbeh.2015.09.006

Woods-Giscombe, C. L., Rowsey, P. J., Kneipp, S. M., Owens, C., *Sheffield, K. M., Galbraith, K. V., Hammad, S., Fowler, T., Hodges, E. A., Kowlowitz, V., & Alexander, G. R. (2015). Underrepresented students’ perspectives on institutional climate during application and admission to nursing school: Implications for enhancing diversity and inclusion.  Journal of Nursing Education, 54, 261-9.

*Sheffield, K. M., Giscombe, C. (2015). Efficacy, feasibility, and acceptability of perinatal yoga on women’s mental health and well-Being: A systematic literature review. Journal of Holistic Nursing. DOI: 10.1177/0898010115577976.   NOTE: K. Sheffield is Woods-Giscombe’s doctoral student and mentee.

*DeGuzman, E., Woods-Giscombe, C. L., Beeber, L. S. (2015). Barriers and facilitators of Hispanic older adult mental health service utilization in the United States. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 36, 11-20. NOTE: first author was Woods-Giscombe’s MSN student and mentee).

Woods-Giscombé, C. L., & Gaylord, S. A. (2014). The Cultural Relevance of Mindfulness Meditation as a Health Intervention for African Americans:  Implications for Reducing Stress-Related Health Disparities. Journal of Holistic Nursing. 32, 147-160.

*Hagen, S., Woods-Giscombe, C. L., Beeber, L.S., *Chung, J. (2014). The Potential Benefits of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Interventions on Adolescent Inpatient Units for Patients with Borderline Personality Disorder Traits:  Implications for Psychiatric Nurses. Nursing & Health, 2(5), 89-99.  NOTE: first and last authors are Woods-Giscombe’s graduate students/ advisees).

Kneipp, S. M., Rowsey, P. J., Giscombé, C., Hodges, E., Fowler, T., Alexander, R. (2014). Countering the Influence of Cultural Hegemony on Choosing a Nursing Career: A Group Mentoring Approach for Student Recruitment. Journal of Nursing Education. DOI:10.3928/01484834-20140408-02.

*Reeves, E. A. & Woods-Giscombé, C. L. (2014). Examining social, cultural, and personal factors that affect infant feeding practices among low-income African-American women. Journal of Transcultural Nursing. DOI: 10.1177/1043659614526244. NOTE: first author was Woods-Giscombe’s Honors student and mentee).

Rowsey, P. J., Kneipp, S., & Woods-Giscombe, C. L. (2013). Careers beyond the bedside: One approach to developing the ethnic minority nursing faculty pool. Journal of Nursing Education, 52, 1-4.

Halstead, J. Billings, D., Boller, D. M., Cowling, W. R., Giscombe, C. W. Johnson-Mallard, V., Morin, K. H., Patterson, B. J., Sharts-Hopko, N. C. Howell-Adams, M., & Shellenbarger, T. (2013). Doctoral preparation for the educator role (Brief Report of the National League for Nursing Think Tank on Doctoral Preparation for the Educator Role).  Nursing Education Perspectives, 34, 281.

Barksdale, D.J., Giscombe, C.W, Logan, J.G. (2013). Stress, cortisol, and night-time blood pressure dipping in non-hypertensive Black American women. Biological Research for Nursing, 15, 330-337.

Black, A. R. & Woods-Giscombé, C. L. (2012) Applying the Stress and “Strength” Hypothesis to Black

women’s breast cancers delays. Stress and Health: Journal of the International Society for the Investigation of Stress, 28, 389-396.

Woods-Giscombé, C. L., & Black, A. R. (2010). Mind-body interventions to reduce risk for health disparities related to stress and “strength” among African American women:  The potential of mindfulness-based stress reduction, loving kindness, and the NTU therapeutic framework. Complementary Health Practice Review, 15, 15-31.

Woods-Giscombé, C. L., Lobel, M., & Crandell, J.L. (2010). The impact of miscarriage and parity on patterns of maternal distress in pregnancy. Research in Nursing & Health, 33, 316-328.

Woods-Giscombé, C.L.  (2010). Superwoman Schema: African American women’s views on stress, strength, and health. Qualitative Health Research, 20, 668-683.

Woods-Giscombé, C. L., & Lobel, M.  (2008). Race and gender matter: A multidimensional approach to conceptualizing and measuring stress in African American women.  Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 14, 173-182.

Giscombé, C. L., & Lobel, M. (2005).  Explaining disproportionately high rates of adverse birth outcomes among African Americans: The impact of stress, racism, and related factors in pregnancy.  Psychological Bulletin, 131, 662-683.

Published abstracts

Woods-Giscombe, C. L., Gaylord, S. A., Li, Y., Bangdiwala, S. I., Buse, J., Mann, F. D., Lynch, C., Phillips, P. E., Smith, S., Leniek, K., Young, L., A., Al-Barwani, S., Yoo, J., & Faurot, K. (2016). Mindfulness-based diabetes risk reduction for African Americans with pre-diabetes: A pilot, sequential mixed-methods RCT. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 50, S240. PubMed Central PMID:26956014 DOI:10.1007/s12160-015-9766-4

Woods-Giscombe, C. L., Carthron, D., Robinson, M., & Devane-Johnson, S. & Corbie-Smith, G. (2016). Mental health service utilization in Black women: Superwoman Schema, stigma, spirituality, and culturally-sensitive providers. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 50, S45.

**Nuru-Jeter, A., Chae, D.H., David H., Price, M., Telesford, J., Mendoza-Denton, R., & Woods-Giscombé, C. (2013).  Anticipatory racism threat and Superwoman Schema: Elucidating the relationship between racial discrimination and chronic inflammation [Abstract]. Circulation, 2013-SS-A09550-AHA.

Woods-Giscombé, C. L., Lobel, M., & Zimmer, C.  (2012, April). Obesity in African American women: Using structural equation modeling to examine the contribution of multidimensionally-defined stress, superwoman schema – emotional suppression, and the use of food to cope [Abstract].  Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 43, S50-S50.

Black, A. R., & Woods-Giscombé, C. L. (2012, February). The relevance of extraordinary caregiving, stress, emotional suppression, and self-care postponement to late-stage breast cancer diagnoses among Black women [Abstract]. Psych-oncology, 21, S23-24.

Black, A. R., & Woods-Giscombé, C. L. (2010). Last on the list: Manifestations of “strength” as barriers to self-care among African American women [Abstract]. Journal of Women’s Health, 19, 1781.

Woods-Giscombé, C. L. (2008, February).  Superwoman Schema:  An asset or a vulnerability to health in African American women? [Abstract]. Southern Online Journal of Nursing Research, 8 (4)). Available online at: http://snrs.org/publications/SOJNR_articles2/Vol08Num04W_Z.html#WoodsGiscombe

Barksdale, D.J., Giscombè, C. & Logan, J. (2008, February). Stress, John Henryism and Cortisol Responses in Black Women. Invited special plenary session presented at the 22nd Southern Nursing Research Society Research Conference: Health Disparities Evidence into Action. (Selected as an Abstract of Excellence) Birmingham, Alabama. [Abstract]. Southern Online Journal of Nursing Research, 8 (4). Available online at: http://snrs.org/publications/SOJNR_articles2/Vol8Num04B.html#barksdale

Giscombé, C. W. & Lobel, M. (2007, February).  Stress, coping and health in African American Women:  Developing a model to examine the intersection of race, gender, and ‘generic’ stress.  [Abstract]. Southern Online Journal of Nursing Research, 8 (2).Available online at: http://snrs.org/sites/default/files/2007snrs_proceedings.pdf

Submitted/Under Review (refereed)

Nuru-Jeter, A, Chae, D. H., Wang, W., Powell, W. ….Woods-Giscombe, C. L. (Under Revision). Ain’t I a

Woman?” How Superwoman Schema Moderates the Association Between Racial Discrimination and Allostatic

Load Among African American Women. Social Science and Medicine.

Woods-Giscombe, C. L., Gaylord, S. A., Li, Y., Bangdiwala, S., Buse, J. B., Mann, J. D. …Faurot, K. (Under Revision). Mindfulness-based diabetes education for African Americans with prediabetes: A pilot, sequential mixed-methods, two-arm, randomized clinical trial.

Products of interdisciplinary scholarship

Giscombe, C. L., Gaylord, S. A., Skelly, A., Faurot, K., Lynch, C., Leniek, K., Smith, S., Mann, J., Young, L. A., Buse, J.  A mindfulness-based intervention to reduce diabetes risk in pre-diabetic African-Americans: Mindfulness-Based Diabetes Risk Reduction and Conventional Diabetes Risk Reduction Curricula. (Unpublished intervention protocol, referenced in Woods-Giscombe et al., Under Review).

Products of engaged scholarship

Elliott-Bynum, S., & Woods-Giscombé, C. L. (2014, January).  Invited Speaker. “Engaging in Community-Academic Partnerships to Improve Mental Health in Diverse and Underserved Populations: A Model of CAARE.”  Program on Ethnicity, Culture and Health Outcomes (ECHO). School of Public Health, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC.

Woods-Giscombe, C. L, & Bynum, S. (2015, August). Academic-community partnerships to positively impact health disparities and overall population healthImplications for leadership in community healthcare. Invited presentation sponsored by the Health Sector Management and Healthcare Club of the Duke University Fuqua School of Business. Durham, NC.

Woods-Giscombe, C. L., Steed, T. S., Nuru-Jeter, A., & Black, A. R. Superwoman Schema Scale. Unpublished Instrument.

Digital and other novel forms of scholarship

Hamilton, N., & Woods-Giscombe, C. L. (January 21, 2013). “Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane.” Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Human Capital Blog (One of the top 10 out of 400 most read blogs published on the RWJF Human Capital Blog in 2013). Retrieved from http://www.rwjf.org/en/blogs/human-capital-blog/2013/01/_of_all_the_formsof.html. (Authors contributed equally to work)

Ayoola,A., Giscombe, C., Cohn, E., Gillespie, G., Djukic, M., Breitenstein, S. & Landers, T. (April 26, 2013). “Green eggs and ham: Our TEDMED experience. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Blog.  Retrieved from http://www.rwjf.org/en/culture-of-health/2013/04/green_eggs_and_ham.html. (Authors contributed equally to work)

Woods-Giscombe, C. L. (December 23, 2013). “A lesson in leadership – Inspiration ignites motivation.” (Reflection on mentorship experience with Dr. Mary Wakefield).  Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Human Capital Blog. Retrieved from http://www.rwjf.org/en/blogs/human-capital-blog/2013/12/a_lesson_in_leadersh.html

Refereed unpublished oral presentations and/or abstracts

Refereed

Prather, A. A., Brondolo, E., Byer, K., Liu, C. H., & Giscombe, C. W. (August, 2015). Stress as a key contributor to health disparities in the United States. Symposium conducted by members of the American Psychological Association Working Group on Stress and Health Disparities at the 123rd Conference of the American Psychological Association, Toronto, CA.

*Robinson, M., Carthron, D., & Woods-Giscombe, C. (April, 2015). Superwoman schema, stigma, spirituality, and culturally-sensitive providers: Implications for mental health service utilization among African American women (Selected for “Best Poster” Award). Poster presented at the 16th Annual Celebration of Undergraduate Research. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC. NOTE: First author is a UNC-CH McNair Scholar and Woods-Giscombe’s Honors research mentee).

*Patel, E. Y., & Giscombe, C. (April, 2015). Investigating a business case for certified nurse midwifery-led birth center care in the United States. Poster presented at the 16th Annual Celebration of Undergraduate Research. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC. NOTE: First author is a UNC-CH School of Nursing Hillman Scholar and Woods-Giscombe’s Honors student and mentee).

Woods-Giscombe, C. L., Hines-Martin, V., Posmontier, B, and the ISPN Diversity & Equity Committee (March, 2015). Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in PMH APRN Graduate Program Curriculum: Lessons Learned and Recommendations for Preparing PMH APRNS to Resolve Disparities in Mental Health Care (A Workshop Facilitated by the ISPN Diversity & Equity Committee; Woods-Giscombe, Committee Chair). Workshop convened at the 2015 Conference of the International Society of Psychiatric Nurses.  Seattle, Washington.

Djukic, M., Gillespie, G., & Woods-Giscombe, C. Collaborating with community partners to optimize health outcomes: Challenges and solutions. (September, 2014). The 2014 State of the Science Congress on Nursing Research, The Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science. Washington, D.C.

Gillespie, G., Barr, T., Cohen, E., Woods-Giscombe, C., & Breitenstein, S. Leveraging collegial relationships for the advancement of nursing science. (September, 2014). The 2014 State of the Science Congress on Nursing Research, The Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science. Washington, D.C.

Woods-Giscombe, C. Whose stress is making me sick? The contribution of network stress to emotional well-being of African American women.  (March, 2014). Paper presented at the 2014 Annual Conference of the International Society of Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing.  Greenville, SC.

*Evangelus, J., Woods-Giscombe, C., Beeber, L. S. The potential benefits of breathwork to improve anxiety and distress:  Implications for advanced practice psychiatric mental health nurses.  (March, 2014). Poster presented at the 2014 Annual Conference of the International Society of Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing.  Greenville, SC. [2014 Best Scholarship Poster Award, 2nd Place].  NOTE: first author was Woods-Giscombe’s MSN student and mentee).

*Smith, A., Woods-Giscombe, C., Beeber, L. S.  Associations between vitamin D and psychological stress and depression among African American women:  Implications for advanced practice psychiatric nurses. (March, 2014).  Plenary presented at the 2014 Annual Conference of the International Society of Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing.  Greenville, SC. NOTE: first author was Woods-Giscombe’s MSN student and mentee).

Rowsey, P. J., Kneipp, S. M., Giscombe, C. (2014). Careers Beyond the Bedside (CaBB): An Intervention to increase Diversity at All Levels in Nursing.  Presented at the NLN Education Summit.

Rowsey, P. J., Kneipp, S. M., Giscombe, C., Kowlowitz, V., Page, J., Fowler, T., & Quarles, E. D. (February, 2014). Careers Beyond the Bedside (CaBB): An Intervention to Increase Diversity at All Levels in Nursing.  Presented at the 35th Annual Minority Health Conference. Chapel Hill, NC.

Woods-Giscombé, C. L., Black, A. R., Nuru-Jeter, A., Steed, T., Tillman-Meakins, P. (2012, December). Stress and the Superwoman:  An innovative agenda for African American women’s health disparities research, practice, and policy.  Paper presented at the 2012 Summit on the Science of Eliminating Health Disparities:  Building a Healthier Society, Integrating Science, Policy, and Practice. National Harbor, Maryland.

Woods-Giscombé, C. L. (2012, March). The cultural relevance of mindfulness meditation for African Americans:  Implications for psychiatric mental health nurses addressing mental health disparities.  Paper presented at the International Society of Psychiatric Mental Health Nurses Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Black, A. R. & Giscombé, C. W. (November, 2011). Weathering framework re-visited: How stress and “strength” influence the health experiences of black women across the lifespan. American Public Health Association 139th Annual Meeting and Exposition, Washington, D.C.

Young, L. A., Faurot, K., Giscombé, C., & Gaylord, S. A. (June, 2011).  Mind Body Therapies:  Patterns of use in the United States among people with pre-diabetes and diabetes.  71st Scientific Sessions of the American Diabetes Association, San Diego, CA.

Woods-Giscombé, C. L., Jackson, L., Romero, R., Black, A., Meakins, P., Dennis, L. Clayton, A. & Green, B. (2011, August). Strong Black Woman and Strength: Deconstructing the Links among Identity, Resiliency, Health, and Stress in Media and Modern Culture. Presented at the American Psychological Association National Convention, Washington, D.C.

Black, A. R. & Giscombé, C. L. (2010, September). Self-care is a luxury: Linkages among self-care, “strength”, and health in the lives of African American Women. Poster to be presented at the National Institutes of Health, Office of Research on Women’s Health 20th Anniversary Scientific Symposium, Natcher Conference Center, Bethesda, Maryland.

Giscombé, C. W. & Lobel, M. (2010, August).  Obesity and Mental Health among African American women. Poster presented at the 4th Workshop of the African American Collaborative Research Network, Philadelphia, PA.

Giscombé, C. W. & Black, A. R., (2010, July). “Know thyself”: Increasing African American Women’s Awareness about Stress, “strength,” and Pathways to Holistic Restoration. Paper presented at the 137th Annual Meeting of the Association of Black Psychologists, Chicago, IL.

Black, A. R., & Giscombé, C. W. (2009, November). Strong black woman script (SBW-S): The influence of strength embodiment on African American maternal health. Poster presented at the 137th Annual Meeting and Expo of the American Public Health Association. Philadelphia, PA.

Barksdale, D. J., Logan, J., & Woods-Giscombé, C. L. (2009, February). Psychosocial stress and nighttime blood pressure dipping in Black women. Paper presented at the 23rd Southern Nurses Research Society Conference: Interdisciplinary Research: A Road More or Less Traveled. Baltimore, MD.

Woods-Giscombé, C.L. (2008, December).  Superwoman Schema:  An innovative approach to understanding health disparities in African American women. Paper presented at the Paper presented             at the National Institutes of Health Summit: The Science of Eliminating Health Disparities. National Harbor, MD.

Woods-Giscombé, C. L. (2008, August).  Superwoman schema and emotional suppression:  Implications for physical and mental well-being of African American women.  Paper presented at the National Black Nurses Association Annual Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada.

Woods-Giscombé, C. L. (2008, March).  Superwoman Schema and emotional suppression in African American women:  Examining the contribution of cultural, historical, and interpersonal phenomena to current mental and physical health disparities.  Poster presented at the 22nd Annual William T. Small Minority Health Conference, Sponsored by the UNC School of Public Health, Chapel Hill, NC.

*Gregory, S. S. & Woods-Giscombé, C. L. (2008, February).  Self-Actualization and purposefulness: An empowering approach to health promotion and health disparity interventions for African American women.  Poster presented at the annual convention of the Southern Nursing Research Society, Birmingham, Alabama.

Woods-Giscombé, C. L. (2007, December).  Superwoman schema and emotional suppression in African American women:  Lessons learned from a qualitative focus group study.  Paper presented at the Research Symposium for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Center for Innovations in Health Disparity Research, Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Woods, S., Woods-Giscombé, C., & Lobel, M. (2007, February). Unintended Pregnancy in Black Women: A mixed method study to inform family planning education and clinical practice.  Poster presented at the 2007 Annual Conference of the Southern Nurses Research Society, Galveston, Texas.

Giscombé, C. & Lobel, M. (2006, November). Obesity and Mental Health in African American women:  Examining the role of psychological stress, obligation to be strong, and stress-related eating         behavior.  Poster presented at the American Academy of Nursing 33rd Annual Meeting and Conference, Miami, Florida.

Woods-Giscombé, C. L. & Lobel, M. (2006, October). Understanding and reducing obesity among African American Women:  The contribution of Social-Health Psychology and the Transactional Model of Stress and Coping.  Poster presented at the NIH Conference on Understanding and Reducing Disparities in Health: Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Contributions, Bethesda, Maryland.

Giscombé, C. & Lobel, M. (2006, March). The importance of using culturally-appropriate, multidimensional conceptualizations of stress and coping to examine the contribution of stress to health disparities in African American Women.  Paper presented at the 12th Annual Elizabeth Carnegie Research Conference. Health Care Disparities:  Cultural Perspectives across the Lifespan, Howard University, Washington, D.C.

Steed, T., Peak, T. (Undergraduate Student Researchers); Giscombé, C., & Lobel, M. (Volunteer Research Mentors). (2005, April).  Overweight and obesity among African American women:  An examination of the contributions of psychological stress, eating as a coping strategy, and degree of body satisfaction.  North Carolina Psychological Foundation Poster Session, Chapel Hill, NC.  Poster awarded Honorable Mention for student research.

Giscombé, C., & Lobel, M. (2003, March).  Explaining ethnic disparities in maternal-child health:  The association of bacterial vaginosis with exposure to discrimination and other life stressors.  University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Public Health’s Minority Health Conference.  Chapel Hill, NC.

Woods (Giscombé), C., Bragdon, E. E., Stanwyck, C. L., Adamian, M. S., & Light, K. C. (1997, October).  Increased life stress and blood pressure associated with job stress and interpersonal conflict.  Paper presented at the National Association of African-American Honors Programs Conference.  Jackson, Mississippi.

Invited presentations

Invited

Woods-Giscombe, C. L. (2016, October). The Cultural Relevance of Mindfulness Meditation for African

Americans: Implications for Wellness and the Reduction of Stress-Related Health Disparities (Keynote Lecture). Mindfulness & Diversity Conference. Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY.

Woods-Giscombe, C. L. (2016, October). Building Compassion in Nursing (Keynote Lecture). NC Area Health

Education Center. Rocky Mount, North Carolina.

Woods-Giscombe, C. L. (2015, June).  STEM Women in Academia: MINDFULNESS-based Leadership Actualization for Personal and Professional Wellness and Prosperity (Keynote Lecture).  STEM Women of Color Conclave (Sponsored by the National Science Foundation), Washington, D.C.

Woods-Giscombe, C. L. (2015, May).  Passion, Perseverance, Patience, and Purpose: Keys to Your Future in Health Care and Life (Keynote Lecture)..  Presented at the North Carolina Health Career Access Program’s Future Leaders in Health Care Conference (in affiliation with NC Area Health Education Centers Program), Asheville, N.C.

Woods-Giscombe, C. L. (2015, April). Superwoman Schema, Stress and Self-care: Implications for Mental Health and Wellness among Women. Women’s Health Awareness Day (Sponsored by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, National Institutes of Health and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.).  North Carolina Central University, Durham, NC.

Woods-Giscombé, C. L. (2015, Invited) The Cultural Relevance of Mindfulness Meditation for African Americans.  Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, University of California at San Francisco, San Francisco, California.

Woods-Giscombé, C. L. (2015, February) “Money on My Mind: The Relationship between Income and Mental Health.” UNC Minority Health Conference, Chapel Hill, NC.

Woods-Giscombé, C. L. (2014, November). Invited Speaker. “Healing the Healers:  Strength, Caregiving…and Depression in Nursing.” Greensboro Area Health Education Center, Randolph Hospital Asheboro, NC.

Woods-Giscombé, C. L. (2014, January).  Invited Speaker. “Take the Time:  The Importance of Self-Care to Reduce Stress Among Highly Motivated Individuals.” TEDx NCSSM, North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, Durham, N.C.

Woods-Giscombé, C. L. (2013, November).  Invited Speaker. “Stress, Superwoman Schema, and Mental Health:  My Journey as a Scientist-Practitioner in the Academy and the Community” Board of Trustees Meeting, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC.

Woods-Giscombé, C. L. (2013, October).  Invited Speaker. “Pathways to Innovation and Impact:  The Importance of Passion, Community Service, and Academic Collaboration in Research.” Academic Panel Presentation, Chancellor’s Installation Festivities, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC.

Woods-Giscombé, C. L. (2013, October).  Invited Keynote Speaker. “Stress, Superwoman Schema, and Health:  Implications for Culturally-Relevant Mindfulness- Based Interventions for Social Work Professionals.” Howard University, School of Social Work. Washington, D.C.

Woods-Giscombe, C. L. (2013, April). Invited Presenter. “Stress and Superwoman Schema: Utilizing a culturally-relevant approach to examining and reducing stress-related obesity and diabetes risk in African American women.” University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, Office of Nursing Research, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Giscombe, C. L. (2013, March). Invited Panelist. “Stress and the Superwoman.” 2013 Women’s History Month – Models for a New Century:  Women Advancing New Visions for Human Society.  North Carolina Central University, Durham, NC.

Giscombe, C. L. (2013, March). Invited Panelist.  Policy Formation “On the Hill.” Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholars 2013 Leadership Meeting, Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences Building, Washington D.C.

Woods Giscombé, C. L. (2012, June), Invited Keynote Speaker.  The Superwoman Scholar: Can mindfulness help women of color in academia achieve both success and balance? Society of STEM Women of Color (National Science Foundation Sponsored), STEM Women of Color Conclave, Washington, D.C.

Woods Giscombé, C. L. (2012, June).  Invited Presenter – Project Uplift Summer Program.  The future of nursing: Will you be a part of it? The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC.

Woods Giscombé, C. (2011, November).  Invited Panelist – 7th Annual UNC/Duke Conference on the Biologic Consequences of Social Consequences of Social and Economic Disadvantage, Chapel Hill, NC.

Woods Giscombé, C. (2011, April).  Invited Panelist – North Carolina Central University Department of Public Administration and Careers Panel Discussion on Health Disparities, Durham, NC.

Giscombé, C. L., Carter-Edwards, L., & Elliott-Bynum, S. (2010, September). The role of minorities as clinical research participants. Aware for All – National Clinical Research Education Day, North Carolina Central University, Durham, NC.

Giscombe, C. L. (2010, April). Stress, coping, and health disparities among African American women:  The importance of using gender- and culturally-relevant biopsychosocial frameworks. The University of North Carolina Institute on Aging, Chapel Hill, NC.

Giscombé, C. L.  (2010, April). Challenges of psychiatric mental health nursing with adults: The potential benefits of mindfulness-based therapy. Annual Psychiatric Mental Health Conference: Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Across the Lifespan in Traditional & Non-Traditional Settings, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC.

Woods-Giscombé, C. L. (2007, January).  Stress and its Impact on Diabetes and Health. Integrative Diabetes Series. Piedmont Health Services.  Prospect Hill, NC.

Giscombé, C. & Lobel, M. (2002, October).  Biospychosocial explanations for ethnic disparities in infant mortality, preterm delivery, and low birthweight.  Paper presented at the W. B. Burghardt Turner Fellowship Research Symposium, Stony Brook, NY.

Woods (Giscombé), C., Bragdon, E. E., Stanwyck, C. L., Adamian, M. S., & Light, K. C. (1997, October).  Increased life stress and blood pressure associated with job stress and interpersonal conflict.  Paper presented at the National Association of African-American Honors Programs Conference, Jackson, MS.

Woods (Giscombé), C., McCrae, R., & Herbst, J., Berry, J., & Costa, P. (1998, August).  Comparing personality structures: The Temperament and Character Inventory and the Five Factor Model.  Poster presented at the National Institute on Aging Intramural Research Symposium.  Baltimore, MD.

Woods (Giscombé), C., Bragdon, E. E., Stanwyck, C. L., Adamian, M. S., & Light, K. C. (1997, July).  Increased life stress and blood pressure associated with job stress and interpersonal conflict.  Poster presented at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Summer Pre-Graduate Research Program Symposium, Chapel Hill, NC.

Other, including book reviews and other products of scholarship 

Giscombé, C. W. (2006). The association of race-related, gender-related, and generic stress with global distress and coping among African American women, Dissertation Abstracts International, 66 (9-B), 5139.

Key profiles/citations of scholarship

American Psychological Association. (n.d.). Fact Sheet: Smoking and Tobacco Use in Rural Populations. https://www.apa.org/pi/health-disparities/resources/smoking-rural-populations.aspx

American Psychological Association. (n.d.). Fact Sheet.  Health Disparities and Stress. http://apa.org/topics/health-disparities/fact-sheet-stress.aspx

MEDIA COVERAGE

Stony Brook 40 Under 40 Awards. Dr. Cheryl Giscombe. http://www.stonybrook.edu/40underforty/

Society for Health Psychology. “Dr. Cheryl Giscombe discusses her research on health disparities and stress.”  June 23, 2016. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zStu1T4OAAU

Washington Post. “What Beyonce’s ‘Lemonade’ means for women who have miscarried.” April 25, 2016. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/04/25/what-beyonces-lemonade-means-for-women-who-have-miscarried/?utm_term=.89e43ef252ae

Carolina Higher Education Opportunity Program. An introduction to health disparities for Health Careers Day on the Hill 2016. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k_xK8XXVW4M

Carolina Center for Public Service: In the News. “Faculty Engaged Scholar Cheryl Giscombe Is Dedicated to Serving.” September 23, 2015. http://ccps.unc.edu/category/in-the-news/

University Gazette (The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill). “Cheryl Woods Giscombe feels deep commitment to public service.” January 28, 2014. http://gazette.unc.edu/2014/01/28/cheryl-woods-giscombe-feels-deep-commitment-to-public-service/

TEDx NCSSM. “Take the Time: Cheryl Giscombe at TEDxNCSSM.” January 18, 2014. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLSatVjzQd2dSCzHEMPSNa9z2EHPwX3Ful http://nursing.unc.edu/cheryl-woods-giscomb-featured-in-tedxncssm-2014/

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Future of Nursing Scholars Program. September 17, 2014 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NQExokp2AjY

Beyond Black & White. Superwoman complex: Deepak Chopra breaks down the dangers of stressful lifestyle. December 3, 2012. http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/superwoman-comple-deepak-chopra-breaks-dangers-stressful-lifestyle/

Carolina Nursing Enews. “Cheryl Giscombe wins RWJF Award, Honors.” September 2012. http://carolinanursingenews.com/2012/09/cheryl-giscombe-wins-rwjf-award-honors/

Triangle Tribune, “Know your neighbor – Woods-Giscombé:  ‘Superwoman’ role causes stress.” April 2012. http://www.triangletribune.com/clientuploads/TTPDFs/tt040112A.pdf

Featured Alumnus on North Carolina Central University’s Department of Psychology webpage. October 2011.  http://www.nccu.edu/academics/sc/socialsciences/psychology/cheryl.cfm

Essence Magazine, “You Deserve a Break.” July 2011. http://www.essence.com/2011/07/06/you-deserve-a-break/

My Carolina Today Television Show, NBC17. April 2011. “Diabetes prevention study targeting African Americans with pre-diabetes.”

Science in the Triangle, “Giving patients a voice could raise number of minorities, women in clinical studies.” September 2010. http://scienceinthetriangle.org/2010/09/

Spectacular Radio Show, WCOM (104.5 FM-Carrboro). August 2010. “Research study addressing diabetes prevention among African Americans with pre-diabetes.”

Research Grants: Funded (Active)

Role Title Total Direct Amount (FTE if available) Percent Effort Agency Dates
Woods-Giscombe,

(Co-Investigator)

Artificially Intelligent Diabetes Assistant (AIDA) for African Americans with Type II Diabetes (PI: Susan Gaylord & Mark

 

 $225,00 In-Kind  National Institute of Minority Health Disparities (R43)  09/2017-08/2019
Woods-Giscombe, C. (Co-PI)

 

 

Successful Recovery with AfterCAARE: A Pilot Study to Examine Implementation of the SAMHSA CPR Interventions (PI: Elliot-Bynum, S. $5,000 N/A UNC Chapel Hill Center for Health Equity 11/2014 -10/2015
Woods-Giscombe (Consultant)

 

 

Psychosocial Factors and Lupus Disease Progression among African American Women (PI: Chae, D.) NA 0% National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases

Grant # 1R01AR065493-01

 

5/2014 -4/2019
Woods-Giscombe (PI/Engaged Scholar) Community Engaged Scholarship to Utilize Holistic Nursing Interventions and Promote Mental and Physical Well Being and Health Equity at a Nurse Managed Community Health Center in Durham, NC (CAARE, Inc.)

 

$10,000 0% Carolina Center for Public Service, UNC Chapel Hill 7/1/2014-6/30/2016
Woods-Giscombe (Co-PI)

 

 

Successful Recovery with AfterCAARE: A Pilot Study to Examine Implementation of the SAMHSA CPR Intervention (Elliott-Bynum, Corbie-Smith: Co-PIs)

 

$2,000 0% NC TraCS Institute 1/2014-12/2015
 

Woods-Giscombe (PI/Project Director)

 

Stress, Superwoman Schema, and Obesity Risk in African American Women: Developing a Culturally-Relevant Intervention to Reduce Health Disparities.

 

$350,000

 

60%

 

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholars Program

 

9/2012-8/2015

Funded (Completed)

Role Title Total Direct Amount Percent Effort Agency Dates
Woods-Giscombe (Faculty Partner)

 

Research Engaged Comm. Scholars Mentored Cohort (Primary Awardee:  Elliott-Bynum, S.) $500 0% North Carolina Translational and Clinical Science Institute 11/01/2011-10/31/2012
Woods-Giscombe (PI)

 

A mindfulness-based intervention to reduce diabetes risk in pre- diabetic African-Americans (Multiple PI with Gaylord, S.) $400,000 21% National Institutes of Health/National Center on Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Grant # 1R21AT004276-01A2

 

7/1/2009-6/30/2013
Woods-Giscombe

(Co-Investigator)

 

A Randomized Controlled Pilot Study to test a Novel Intervention to Reduce Oxidative in African-Americans with Pre-diabetes (Co-PIs: Smith, S. & Gaylord, S.)

 

$10,000 0% NC TraCS Institute

Grant # 10KR101107

7/1/2011-6/30/2012
Woods-Giscombe (Investigator) Gendered Racism, Social Class, and the Health of African American Women (PI: Nuru-Jeter, A.)

 

$16,500 0% University of California Center for New Racial Studies

 

7/1/2011-6/30/2012;

 

Woods-Giscombe (Co –Investigator)

 

Premature Physiologic Aging Among AA Women: A study on race and racism (PI: Nuru-Jeter, A.)

 

$20,000 0% University of California – Berkeley Population Center 7/1/2011-6/30/2012
 Woods-Giscombe (Co-Investigator)

 

The African American Women’s Heart & Health (PI: Nuru-Jeter, A.) $20,000 0% University of California – Berkeley Research Bridging Grant 7/1/2011-6/30/2012
Woods-Giscombe (PI)

 

 

An investigation of the acceptability and cultural relevance of meditation as a health intervention for African Americans (Co-PI: Gaylord, S.)

 

$2,000 0% NC TraCS Institute 2/1/2009-1/31/2010
Woods-Giscombe

(PI)

NIH Health Disparities Loan Repayment Program Grant – Stress-related health disparities in African American women

 

N/A N/A NIH/NIMHD 2007-2009
Woods-Giscombe (PI)

 

Superwoman Schema Emotional Suppression in African American Women (Center Grant Director: Miles, M.) $10,000 0% UNC School of Nursing Center for Innovation in Health Disparities Research

Grant # P20 NR8360

 

7/1/2006-6/30/2008
Woods-Giscombe (PI) African American Women’s Well-being Study $1,500 0% American Psychological Association Division 38

 

3/1/2005
Woods-Giscombe, C. (PI) African American Women’s Well-being Study $1,500 0% W.B. Burghardt

Dissertation

Fellowship; Stony

Brook University,

07/01/04 –

06/30/05

Other Funding (Active)

Role Title Total Direct Amount Percent Effort

 

Agency Dates
Woods-Giscombe

(Team member/Wellness Lead)

 Meeting Educational Needs Through Optimatization of Retention Strategies for Students (Mentors2; Project Director: Shielda Rodgers, PhD)

 

 $1,900,000  In-Kind  Health Resources and Services Administration  2017-2021
Woods-Giscombe

(Team Member/Co-Investigator)

 Academic-Military Partnership to Enhance Graduate Education for Improved Veteran Health Care (Project Director, Rebecca Kitzmiller, PhD)

 

 $31, 942  5% Area Health Education Center

 

 2017-2018
Woods-Giscombe

(Team member/mentor)

 Careers Beyond the Bedside (Project Director: Rowsey, PhD)  $14,025 5-10%  Health Resources and Services Administration (Nursing Workforce Diversity D19HP24298) 2012-2015

Training Grants

Role Title Total Direct Amount Percent Effort Agency Dates
Project Director Josiah Macy Faculty Scholars Program – Project:  The Development of the Interprofessional Leadership Institute for Mental Health Equity

 

$188,574 50% Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation 09/2015 – 08/2017
Consulting Faculty/CAM Research and Education UNC Research Fellowship in Complementary, Alternative, and Integrative Medicine

 

0% 0% NIH/NCCAM 2012-present