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Cheryl Woods Giscombé Named Macy Faculty Scholar

Assistant professor Cheryl Woods Giscombé, PhD, MSN, RN, PMHNP, has been named one of five 2015 Macy Faculty Scholars by the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation. This award includes salary support over two years, which Dr. Giscombé will use to develop an innovative educational institute that provides clinical experiences that strengthen the ability of pre-professional students to provide care to people who face mental health disparities.

The Macy Faculty Scholars program aims to accelerate reforms in health professions education in Schools of Nursing and Medicine to accommodate the changes occurring in health care practice and delivery. Award recipients are innovators and show promise as future leaders. Each school may nominate only one candidate each year. The UNC School of Nursing boasts two Macy Faculty Scholars, with Meg Zomorodi, PhD, RN, CNL, selected for the award last year.

Dr. Giscombé is a psychiatric nurse practitioner, social/health psychologist, and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholar. Her federally funded studies focus on reducing stress-related health disparities, investigating the cultural-relevance of mindfulness-meditation, and developing community-based, person-centered interventions to promote health. She also practices in a nurse-managed community health center in Durham, where she created the mental health services program five years ago.

“The Interprofessional Leadership Institute for Mental Health Equity that I am developing will focus on factors such as social determinates of health and health disparities, so I’m able to pull from not only my clinical practice but also from research I conduct on stress and health disparities and providing care to individuals from ethnically diverse groups who are underrepresented in various capacities,” she said.

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