Developing a culturally relevant intervention to reduce health disparities in African American women -- Cheryl Woods Giscombe, PhD, RN

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholars program was designed to increase the stature and academic standing of nursing faculty and draw more nurses to teaching careers by creating a cadre of national leaders in academic nursing through career development awards to outstanding junior nursing faculty.Dr. Giscombe was selected as a 2012 RWJF Nurse Faculty Scholar. The goals of her project are to: (1) identify pathways between stress, Superwoman Syndrome (SWS), stress-related eating, physical activity, obesity, and diabetes-related biomarkers; (2) develop a psychometrically valid measure of SWS to investigate how SWS influences obesity; and (3) identify factors to enhance the cultural relevance and feasibility of an intervention that will improve obesity and diabetes risk by targeting stress, SWS, and stress-related eating.Over the next three years in the program, Dr. Giscombe will have 60 percent protected time to focus on program activities; receive financial support for career development activities in her research and scholarly focus area; work closely with institutional and national mentors to develop her career as an academic nurse leader; and receive training and mentoring in areas such as developing a research and academic career plan, securing research funding, integrating research and scholarship into teaching, exerting leadership through professional and university service, influencing health care policy through research, and developing skills to assume a senior leadership role in academic nursing.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $349,980.00

Awarded on: 9/4/2012

Time frame: 9/1/2012 - 8/31/2015

Grant Number: 70317


University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing

Carrington Hall
CB 7460
Chapel Hill, 27599-7460


Cheryl Lynnette Woods Giscombe
Project Director