Cheryl L. Woods-Giscombe, PhD, RN

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Cheryl Woods-Giscombe


Cheryl L. Woods-Giscombe graduated with honors from Stony Brook University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing. She is also a summa cum laude graduate of North Carolina Central University with a degree in Psychology. Dr. Giscombe earned masters and doctorate degrees in Social and Health Psychology at Stony Brook and certification in Holistic Health from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in Manhattan, New York. She is currently completing an NIH T32 postdoctoral fellowship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is a research affiliate of the UNC Program on Integrative Medicine (UNC School of Medicine), and is enrolled in the MSN program in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing at UNC.

The objective of Dr. Giscombe’s program of research is to incorporate a sociohistorical lens to investigate how stress and coping strategies contribute to the psychological and physical health status of African American women and to develop culturally-relevant strategies to prevent stress-related mental health outcomes, including depression, disordered eating, and substance abuse and related adverse physical health conditions. Dr. Giscombe has a particular interest in the potential of integrative approaches to reducing mental health-related disparities among African Americans.

Prior to being awarded the SAMHSA fellowship, Dr. Giscombe has been funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research, Center for Innovations in Health Disparities Research (UNC Chapel Hill School of Nursing), National Institute of General Medical Sciences (MARC U* Star Program), Nurses Educational Funds, Inc., W.B. Burghardt Turner Fellowship, and the American Psychological Association (Division of Health Psychology).

Dr. Giscombe is particularly grateful for the support of her immediate and extended family, professional mentors, her husband Kessonga, and daughter Zuri Hadiyah Giscombe.

Dr. Giscombe was recently awarded the 2007 Carolyn Payton Early Career Award (American Psychological Association, Division 35, Section 1) for Research in recognition of her 2005 publication: Explaining Disproportionately High Rates of Adverse Birth Outcomes Among African Americans: The Impact of Stress, Racism, and Related Factors in Pregnancy.



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