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Peggy Wilmoth, PhD, MSS, RN, FAAN

Executive Vice Dean and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs 919.966.9905

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

Office: 1008

Currently Accepting PhD Students

Dr. Wilmoth joined the faculty of the School of Nursing at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in August 2017 as the inaugural Executive Vice Dean and as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Previously she was the inaugural dean of the Byrdine F. Lewis School of Nursing and Health Professions where she led the transformation of the educational programming in the health professions.

She is an experienced educator, with 40 years’ experience in higher education, where she has taught across all levels of nursing education. She was an early leader in examining the impact of cancer and other chronic illnesses on intimacy and sexuality. Her more recent work has examined the well-being of reserve-connected military children, psychiatric evacuation from the theater of war and deployment-related policy.  She has over 60 publications in peer-reviewed journals and books.  She is an experienced leader in interprofessional training and education in both the civilian and military communities. Dr. Wilmoth was named a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellow 2009-2010, where she had the opportunity to work in the Office of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Honorable Nancy Pelosi during the passage of the Affordable Care Act.

General Wilmoth had a concurrent career in the U.S. Army Reserve where she commanded units of various size and complexity, including serving as the first nurse and female commanding general of a medical brigade with responsibility for wartime readiness of all the U.S. Army Reserve medical assets in the Southeastern United States, including Puerto Rico.  In her final assignment, she was promoted to Major General and assigned to the Office of the Surgeon General, US Army, where she served as the Deputy Surgeon General for the Army Reserve. She was the first female and nurse to serve as Deputy Surgeon General for the Army Reserve. Her prior assignment was in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense, Health Affairs, where she led the transformation of the Military Health System’s research processes, evaluation of psychiatric evacuations from the theater of operations and the processes involved with Reserve Component Medical Readiness. She was appointed by the Secretary of the Army to serve for two terms on the Army Reserve Forces Policy Committee. General Wilmoth is the recipient of the Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters, the Expert Field Medical Badge, and holds the ‘9A’ Proficiency Designator in Medical-Surgical Nursing awarded by The Surgeon General, U.S. Army.

2018 Ellen Hardin Walworth DAR Founder’s Medal for Patriotism, Georgia Society, DAR
2009-2010 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Health Policy Fellow, Washington, DC
2008 American Academy of Nursing, Inducted as Fellow
2007 Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars, Inducted in to UNC Charlotte Mu Chapter
2007 Phi Alpha Honor Society for Social Work, Inducted into UNC Charlotte Nu Theta Chapter
2007 Society of Gynecology Nurse Oncologists, Paula Major Lectureship Award, SGNO
2006 Oncology Nursing Society, Mara Mogenson Flaherty Memorial Lectureship
2003 Surgeon General of the US Army, Awarded 9A Proficiency Designator for Excellence in Medical Surgical Nursing
2002 Association of Military Surgeons of the United States, Federal Nursing Service Essay Award for essay “Enlisted Women with Breast Cancer: Balancing Demands & Expectations”
2001 Army Medical Department Regiment, Inducted into membership of the Order of Military Medical Merit
2000 Great 100 Nurses of North Carolina, Awarded Great 100 Nurses of Excellence in NC
1997 Who’s Who of American Women, Listed
1992 University of Delaware College of Nursing, Excellence in Teaching Award
1992 Who’s Who in American Nursing, Listed
1990-93 American Cancer Society, Doctoral Scholarship Recipient
1989 Maryland Nurses Association District 7, Advanced Study Scholarship
1979 Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society for Nursing, Inducted into University of Maryland Pi Chapter


Wilmoth, M.C.& Stone, A. (2015). Leading Change in Health Policy. In J. Phillips & B. Damron (Eds.). Cancer and Health Policy: Advancements and Opportunities, (pp.355-380). Pittsburgh: Oncology Nursing Society.

Wilmoth, M.C. (2012) Sexuality. In I.M. Lubkin & P.D. Larsen (Eds.), Chronic Illness: Impact and Interventions,(8th ed.) (pp. 289-313). Boston: Jones & Bartlett.

Wilmoth, M.C.(2010).  Sexuality. In C. Burke (Ed.), Psychosocial NursingGuidelines. Pittsburgh:  Oncology Nursing Society.  (major revision)

Wilmoth, M.C. (2009). Sexuality. In I.M. Lubkin & P.D. Larsen (Eds.), Chronic Illness: Impact and Interventions,(7th ed.) (pp. 231-254). Boston: Jones & Bartlett. (major revision) 

*Wilmoth, M.C.,Davis, B. & Sanders, L.D. (2008) When Black Women Talk about Breast Cancer: How Health Care Workers Need to Learn to Listen. In Sparks, L., Krebs, G. & O’Hair, D. (Eds.) Cancer Communication and Aging. (Chapter 8, pp. 147-168). Hampton Press.

Wilmoth, M.C. (2006). Sexuality. In I.M. Lubkin & P.D. Larsen (Eds.), Chronic Illness: Impact and Interventions(6th ed.). (pp. 285-304). Boston: Jones & Bartlett.

Wilmoth, M.C. & Narine, L. (2006). African American Women and Cancer. In K.H. Dow, (Ed.),Nursing Care of Women and Cancer, (pp. 433-443). St. Louis: Mosby.

Wilmoth, M.C. (2004). Measuring Sexuality. In M. Frank-Stromberg and Olsen (Eds.) Instruments for Clinical Health Care Research. (3rd. Ed) (pp. 257-277). Philadelphia: Lippincott.

Wilmoth, M.C. (1999).  Altered Sexuality Patterns.  In L.J. Carpenito, Nursing Diagnosis:  Application to Clinical Practice, 8th edition. (Pp. 837-857) Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company.

Wilmoth, M.C.(1998).  Sexuality.  In C. Burke (Ed.), Psychosocial NursingGuidelines, (pp. 100-126). Pittsburgh:  Oncology Nursing Society.

Wilmoth, M.C.(1997).  Altered Sexuality Patterns.  In L.J. Carpenito, Nursing Diagnosis:  Application to Clinical Practice, 7th edition. (Pp. 811-831) Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company.

Wilmoth, M.C. & Waterhouse, J. (1995).  Altered Sexuality Patterns.  In L.J. Carpenito, Nursing Diagnosis:  Application to Clinical Practice, 6th edition (pp. 845-866).  Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company.

Wilmoth, M.C.& Waterhouse, J. (1993).  Altered Sexuality Patterns.  In L.J. Carpenito, Nursing Diagnosis:  Application to Clinical Practice, 5th edition (pp. 702-723). Philadelphia:  J.B. Lippincott Company.

Metcalfe, M.C. & Waterhouse, J. (1991).  Altered Sexuality Patterns.  In L.J. Carpenito, Nursing Diagnosis:  Application to Clinical Practice, 4th edition (pp.750-775).  Philadelphia:  J.B. Lippincott Company.

Metcalfe, M.C. (1990).  Reliability and validity testing of the sexual adjustment questionnaire. In O.L. Strickland & C.F. Waltz (Eds.) Measurement of Nursing Outcomes, Vol. 4:  Measuring Client Self-Care and Coping Skills.  New York:  Springer.

IN PRESS (* = data based; + = with student)

Rossiter, A.G., Patrician, P.A., Dumas, M.A., Ling, C.G., Johnson, H.L., & Wilmoth, M.C. (2018). I Serve 2:  Identifying and Caring for Military Children in Civilian Primary Care Settings. Journal of American Association of Nurse Practitioners 30(11), 614-618. 

Fisher, E. & Wilmoth, MC.  (online 11 August 2017). Do I take the job? Determining Organizational Fit. Journal of Professional Nursing, 34 (2), 82-86; online ahead of pub.  DOI:

Wilmoth, M.C.,La Flair, L.N., Azur, M., Norton, B.L, Sweeney, M., & Williams, T.V. (2017). Guest Editorial:  How Well Are We Measuring Military Mental Health? Military Medicine, 182,(1), 1466-1468.*Simon, S., Stewart K., Kloc M., Williams T. & Wilmoth M. (2016) Reliability of the Deployment Resiliency Assessment. Military Medicine, 181,(7), 638-642.

*Wilmoth, M.C., Linton, A., Gromadzki, R., Larson, M.J., Williams, T.V., & Woodson, J. (2015). Factors Associated with Psychiatric Evacuation Among Service Members Deployed to Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, January 2004-September 2010. Military Medicine, 180(1), 53-60.

*Wilmoth M.C., Hanlon A.L., Ng L.S., Bruner D.W. (2014). Factor analysis of the modified Sexual Adjustment Questionnaire-Male. Journal of Nursing Measurement, 22(2):241-54. PubMed PMID: 25255676.

Wilmoth, M.C.& Shapiro, S.E. (June 2014). The Intentional Development of Nurses as Leaders: A Proposed Framework. Journal of Nursing Administration, 44(6), 333-338.

Collins, E., Wilmoth, M.C., Schwartz, L. (2013). “Have You Ever Served in the Military?” campaign in partnership with the Joining Forces Initiative. Nursing Outlook 61(5), 375-376.

*Alehagen S, Wilmoth, M.C., & Berterö C.(2012).Defining and Clarifying Sexual Health:A Simultaneous Concept Analysis. Sexual health.In: Berhardt, L.V., (Ed.), Advancesin Medicineand Biology. Volume 28, Chapter V. (pp.  177-197). Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers.  ISBN 978-1-61324-359-6.

Wilmoth, M.C. (2011).Issue Brief: The Future of Nursing and the Health of North Carolinians: The North Carolina Summit. North Carolina Medical Journal, 72,(4), 278-281.

*+Wilmoth, M.C.,Hatmaker-Flanigan, E., LaLoggia, V., & Nixon, T. (2011). Ovarian Cancer Survivors: Qualitative analysis of the symptom of sexuality. Oncology Nursing Forum, 38(6), 699-708.

*+Kiser, D.W., Greer, T., Wilmoth, M.C., Dmochowski, J., & Naumann, R. W. (2010). Peripheral Neuropathy in Gynecological Cancer Patients Receiving Chemotherapy. Oncology Nursing Forum 37(6), 758-764.

*+Wilmoth, M.C., Coleman, E.A., Wahab, H.T., Kneisl, J. (2009). Preliminary work in validating the symptom cluster of fatigue, weight gain, psychologic distress and altered sexuality. Southern Online Journal of Nursing Research, 9(3), Article 13.

Wilmoth, M.C. (2007). Guest Editor, Nursing Clinics of North America, 42(4).

Wilmoth, M.C. (2007). Sexuality: A Critical Component of Quality of Life in Chronic Disease. Nursing Clinics of North American, 42(4), 507–514.

*+Wilmoth, MC, Hester, C., Laboy, S. (2007). Symptom cluster identification in ovarian cancer patients: A pilot study. Psycho-Oncology, 16(3, Supplement), S69.


*+Wilmoth, M.C.,De Scisciolo, S., Gilchrest, L.J., Dmochowski, J. (2007). The READI and psychometric properties in Army Reserve soldiers. Military Medicine, 172(8), 800-805.

*Berterö, C. & Wilmoth, M.C. (2007). Breast cancer diagnosis and its treatment affecting the Self: A meta-synthesis. Cancer Nursing, 30(3), 194-202.

Wilmoth, M.C. (2006). Life after cancer: What does sexuality have to do with it? The 2006 Mara Mogenson Flaherty Memorial Lectureship. Oncology Nursing Forum, 33(5), 905-910.

Boyd, A. S., & Wilmoth, M. C. (2006). An innovative community-based intervention for African American women with breast cancer: The Witness Project®. Health and Social Work, 31(1), 77-80.

*Wilmoth, M.C., Tulman, L., Coleman, E.A., & Samarel, N. (2006). Brief Report: Women’s Perceptions of the Effectiveness of Telephone Support and Education on Their Adjustment to Breast Cancer. Oncology Nursing Forum, 33(1), 138-144.

*Coleman, E.A., Tulman, L., Samarel, N., Wilmoth, M.C. et al (2005). Effectiveness of telephone social support and education on adaptation to breast cancer during the year following diagnosis. Oncology Nursing Forum 32,822-829.

*Sanders, L.D., Wilmoth, M.C.,Lowery, B. (2004). Overcoming: Older African American women and breast cancer. Journal of the Black Nurses Association, 15(2), 32-39.

+Wilmoth, M.C.,Coleman, E.A., Smith, S.C. & Davis, B. (2004). Fatigue, weight gain and altered sexuality in breast cancer patients: Development of a symptom cluster. Oncology Nursing Forum, 31(6), 1069-1075.

*Wilmoth, M.C., Langford, D., Roeder, T.A. (2003). Enlisted women with breast cancer: Balancing demands and expectations. Military Medicine, 168 (7), 514-519.

*Received Federal Nursing Service Essay Award for this manuscript

*Wilmoth, M.C. (2001). The aftermath of breast cancer: An altered sexual self. Cancer Nursing, 24(4), 278-286.

*Wilmoth, M.C. & Sanders, L.D. (2001).  Accept me for myself: African American women’s issues after breast cancer.  Oncology Nursing Forum, 28(5), 875-879.

*Wilmoth, M.C. & Tingle, L. R. (2001).  Development and psychometric testing of the sexual behaviors questionnaire. Canadian Journal of Nursing Research, 32, 135-151.

+Wilmoth, M.C.& Spinelli, A. (2000).  Sexual implications of gynecologic cancer treatments. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic and Neonatal Nursing, 29(4), 413-421.

Wilmoth, M.C.& Botchway, P. (1999).  Psychosexual implications of breast and gynecologic cancer. Cancer Investigation, 17(8), 631-636.

Wilmoth, M.C.(1998).  Sexuality resources for cancer professionals and their patients.  Cancer Practice,6 (6), 1-3.

*Wilmoth, M.C. & Ross, J.A. (1997).  Women’s Perceptions:  Breast Cancer and Sexuality.  Cancer Practice, 5(6), 353-359.

Wissmann, J.L. & Wilmoth, M.C.(1996).  Meeting the learning needs of senior citizens and nursing students through a community based pharmacology experience.  Journal of Community Health Nursing, 13(3); 159-165.

Wilmoth, M.C.(1996).  The middle years:  Women, sexuality and the self.  Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic and Neonatal Nursing 25, 615-621.

*Wilmoth, M.C. & Townsend, J. (1995).  A comparison of the effects of lumpectomy versus mastectomy on sexual behaviors.  Cancer Practice, 3, 279-285.

Wilmoth, M.C.(1995) Computer networks as a source of accessing research subjects.  Western Journal of Nursing Research 17, 385-388.

*Wilmoth, M.C. (1993).  Development and psychometric testing of the Sexual Behaviors Questionnaire. (Doctoral dissertation, University of Pennsylvania, 1993).  Dissertation Abstracts International, 54, 6137B-6138B.

*Waterhouse, J. & Metcalfe, M.(1991).  Attitudes of healthy individuals toward discussing sexual concerns with nurses.  Journal of Advanced Nursing, 16, 1048-1054.

*Waterhouse, J. & Metcalfe, M.C. (l986).  Development of the sexual adjustment questionnaire.  Oncology Nursing Forum, 13, 53-59.

*Metcalfe, M.C. & Fischman, S.H. (l985).  Factors affecting the sexuality of head and neck cancer patients.  Oncology Nursing Forum, 12, 21-25.

Refereed other products of scholarship

Rossiter, A.G. & Wilmoth, MC. (January 10, 2019). I Serve 2: Identifying and caring for military-connected kids in a clinical setting. The Biden Foundation.

Rossiter, A. G., Dumas, M. A., Wilmoth, M. C., & Patrician, P. A. (2016). “I Serve 2”: Meeting the needs of military children in civilian practice. Nursing Outlook, -(-), 1-6. 10.1016/j.outlook.2016.05.011.