Cheryl L. Woods Giscombe, PhD, RN, PMHNP
Melissa and Harry LeVine Family Professor of Quality of Life, Health Promotion and Wellness
PhD | Stony Brook University | Social and Health Psychology
MA | Stony Brook University | Social and Health Psychology
BSN | Stony Brook University | Nursing
Cheryl L. Woods Giscombe, PhD, RN, PMHNP is the Melissa and Harry LeVine Family Professor of Quality of Life, Health Promotion and Wellness in the School of Nursing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholar. She received a BA in psychology from North Carolina Central University, a BS in nursing and a PhD in social-health psychology from Stony Brook University, and a MSN from the psychiatric nurse practitioner program at UNC Chapel Hill. She has affiliations with Complementary and Alternative Medicine Research and Education Faculty, UNC at Chapel Hill Program on Integrative Medicine, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, and CAARE, Inc. (Durham, NC).
Her research focuses on stress-related health behaviors, psychoneuroendocrine biomarkers, and sociocultural contextual factors that contribute to health disparities in African Americans. She developed the Superwoman Schema Conceptual Framework, which explicates how perceived obligations to present an image of strength and provide support for family members, friends, and the community may contribute to emotional suppression, neglected self-care, stress exacerbation and stress-related morbidity in African American women.
Recently she has led an NIH-funded research project examining the influence of mindfulness meditation on stress and health in African American adults with pre-diabetes. She aims to develop and implement culturally relevant stress management interventions that can be widely adopted in community and healthcare settings. In addition to her research, Dr. Giscombe established a mental health program at the nurse managed health center where she currently practices. Dr. Giscombe was honored with the “Leader in the Field/Early Career Award” from the American Psychological Association and the “Brilliant New Investigator Award” from the Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science. She 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.
HONORS AND AWARDS
Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing2017, American Academy of Nursing
Best Practice Award Caring for Ourselves (LeVine Wellness Program)2017, North Carolina Nurses Association
100 Great Nurses of North Carolina2017, North Carolina Great 100, Inc.
- Artificially Intelligent Diabetes Assistant (AIDA) for African Americans with Type II Diabetes (PI: Susan Gaylord & Mark) | National Institute of Minority Health Disparities (R43)
- Successful Recovery with AfterCAARE: A Pilot Study to Examine Implementation of the SAMHSA CPR Interventions (PI: Elliot-Bynum, S.) | UNC Chapel Hill Center for Health Equity
- Psychosocial Factors and Lupus Disease Progression among African American Women (PI: Chae, D.) | National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
- Efficacy, Feasibility, and Acceptability of Perinatal Yoga on Women’s Mental Health and Well-Being: A Systematic Literature Review. Karen M. Sheffield, Cheryl L. Woods-Giscombé (2016). Journal of Holistic Nursing 34(1): 64-79
- Underrepresented Students’ Perspectives on Institutional Climate During the Application and Admission Process to Nursing School. Cheryl L. Woods-Giscombe, Pamela Johnson Rowsey, Shawn M. Kneipp, Clint W. Owens, Karen M. Sheffield, Kayoll V. Galbraith, Sama Hammad, Tamryn Fowler, Eric A. Hodges, Vicky Kowlowitz, G. Rumay Alexander (2015). Journal of Nursing Education 54(5): 261-269
- Infant-Feeding Practices Among African American Women: Social-Ecological Analysis and Implications for Practice. Elizabeth A. Reeves, Cheryl L. Woods-Giscombé (2015). Journal of Transcultural Nursing 26(3): 219-226
- Barriers and Facilitators of Hispanic Older Adult Mental Health Service Utilization in the USA. Erin De Guzman, Cheryl L. Woods-Giscombe, Linda S. Beeber (2015). Issues in Mental Health Nursing 36(1): 11-20
- Whose Stress Is Making Me Sick? Network-Stress and Emotional Distress in African-American Women. Cheryl L. Woods-Giscombé, Marci Lobel, Catherine Zimmer, Crystal Wiley Cené, Giselle Corbie-Smith (2015). Issues in Mental Health Nursing 36(9): 710-717