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

Interim Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs; Levine Family Distinguished Professor of Quality of Life, Health Promotion, and Wellness

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
School of Nursing
Campus Box #7460
Administrative Office Building
104 Airport Drive
Office: 2500
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7460

Cheryl L. Woods Giscombé, PhD, RN, PMHNP-BC, FAAN, is the Associate Dean of the PhD Division & Program and Levine Family Distinguished Scholar in 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 was a member of the 2014–2016 Cohort of the Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholars Program, Sponsored by the UNC Center for Public Service. Her project was conducted in collaboration with Healing with CAARE, Inc. a community health organization in Durham, NC, and her experiences and training as a Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholar resulted in successful community-engaged health equity project continuation, support, and funding from the following sources:

  • Josiah Macy Jr Foundation – Macy Faculty Scholars Program (2015-2017)
  • Harvard Macy Institute Leadership Innovation and Art Museum-Based Programs for Health Professions Educators (2015-present)
  • Health Resources and Services Administration Nursing Workforce Development Grant (2017-2021)
  • Health Resources and Services Administration Mindful Behavioral Health Integration Grant (2019-2022)
  • National Institutes of Health – National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities R01

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.