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Cheryl is currently a Distinguished Associate Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Woods-Giscombé is also a Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation Faculty Scholar. She graduated with honors from Stony Brook University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She is also a summa cum laude graduate of North Carolina Central University with a degree in Psychology.


Dr. Woods-Giscombé earned Master's and Doctorate degrees in Social and Health Psychology at Stony Brook University and certification in Holistic Health from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in Manhattan, New York. Dr. Woods-Giscombé completed an NIH T32 postdoctoral fellowship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, as a research affiliate of the UNC Program on Integrative Medicine (UNC School of Medicine).


In 2009, Dr. Woods-Giscombe received her post-master’s certificate in nursing and received board certification as a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


The objective of Dr. Woods-Giscombé’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. Something she called The Superwoman Schema. Dr. Woods-Giscombé has a particular interest in the potential of integrative approaches to reducing mental health-related disparities among African Americans.

Dr. Woods-Giscombé was 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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