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Cheryl Giscombé Wins RWJF Award, Honors

Dr. Cheryl Giscombé, Assistant Professor

SON Assistant Professor Cheryl Giscombé, PhD, RN, FAEN, won a highly competitive grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Nurse Faculty Scholars program. Giscombé is one of only 12 nurse educators to win the three-year, $350,000 award this year, which is given to outstanding junior faculty who demonstrate promise as future leaders in nursing. The award will be used to support Dr. Giscombé’s academic career and her research.

Dr. Giscombé will apply the award to her research on how the social and cultural context of African American women’s lives influence stress-related obesity and diabetes risk. She will further develop her Superwoman Schema theoretical framework, which describes how culturally-specific responses to stress, including an obligation to present an image of strength and to focus on care-giving over self-care, contribute to health disparities in African American women.

Dr. Giscombé was also honored as a keynote speaker for the 2012 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Women of Color Conclave in Washington, D.C. in June and was selected by the Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science (CANS) Awards Committee to receive the 2012 Brilliant New Investigator Award. In addition, Dr. Giscombé was named a member of the inaugural 40 Under 40 Class of outstanding alumni from North Carolina Central University.

Read more about Dr. Giscombé’s RWJF grant in this press release: Cheryl Giscombé, PhD, RN, FAEN Selected as a 2012 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholar