Staff

Paige Hall Smith

Donna M.Duffy, Ph.D. is a faculty member in the Department of Kinesiology at UNCG. In addition to her faculty responsibilities, Donna is the Program Director for the Program for the Advancement of Girls and Women in Sport and Physical Activity, which is housed in the Center for Women’s Health and Wellness at UNCG. Donna completed her Ph.D. in the Department of Kinesiology at UNCG in 2007. Prior to coming to UNCG, Donna completed her B.S. and M.Ed. at Boston University in Curriculum and Instruction. Email : dmduffy@uncg.edu

 

Paige Hall SmithPaige Hall Smith, PhD, MSPH is the Director of the Center for Women’s Health at UNCG. Paige is Associate Professor of Public Health Education and the 2004-2006 Linda Arnold Carlisle Professor of Women´s and Gender Studies at UNCG.

She has been at UNCG and active with the Women´s and Gender Studies Program since 1995. She has a particular interest in making new connections and collaborative teams among women´s health researchers at UNCG. Her own line of research focuses on improving health care response to women, reducing violence against women, and breastfeeding promotion. Email : phsmith@uncg.edu

LBennLauren Bennett, BA, is a second year master’s student in the Department of Kinesiology with a concentration in Sport and Exercise Psychology and a graduate assistant here at PAGWSPA. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 2013 from The University of Colorado at Boulder. Last year, she taught activities classes at UNCG including Conditioning and Beginning Golf. She has also taught Kickboxing at a private gym. Since she is originally from Wisconsin, she is a big fan of the Green Bay Packers. She spent many years as a competitive athlete, competing in golf, basketball, and tennis, and earning a purple belt in Muay Thai kickboxing. She now continues to play those sports in her free time in addition to skiing, hiking, and running. It was through her teaching experience that she became aware of and involved with the Program for the Advancement of Girls and Women in Sport and Physical Activity. She is passionate about helping girls and women of all ages experience the enjoyment she felt in her athletic career and still feels through various forms of physical activity.  Email: lvbecker@uncg.edu

LeahWashington Leah Washington, MS, is a doctoral candidate in the Sport Psychology Program in the Kinesiology Department and research assistant for the Program for the Advancement of Girls and Women in Sport and Physical Activity. She earned her master’s degree in Exercise Physiology from The George Washington University and her bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training from James Madison University. She is a certified athletic trainer and sport psychology consultant; her research emphasis is in athletic training education in the psychosocial domain as well as the psychological recovery of injured athletes . She is both a Cancer and a Gemini, her favorite color is green, and she has three ridiculous dogs.  Email: lmwashin@uncg.edu

MK HuffMK Huffman, BS is one of the PAGWSPA graduate assistants. MK is a graduate assistant with the Program for the Advancement of Girls and Women in Sport and Physical Activity. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Virginia Tech in 2013 and worked at a global firm in DC performing data analysis for the past two years. She is now a first year Master’s student at UNCG within the Department of Kinesiology with a concentration in Sport and Exercise Psychology. She hopes to continue on to get her PhD in the years to come. MK is a long distance runner but enjoys watching all sports.

MK hopes that through PAGWSPA, she can help motivate women and girls to get active! Email: mkhuffma@uncg.edu