Dr. Sandra Shultz – CWHW Director
Center Hours: 8:30-4:30pm Tuesday and Thursday, 8:30-12pm Friday
Dr. Sandra Shultz (Sandy) is Director for the Center for Women’s Health and Wellness and Professor and Co-Director of the Applied Neuromechanics Research Laboratory in the Department of Kinesiology. Early in her career, Sandy worked as a certified athletic trainer and strength and conditioning specialist, serving as associate director of Women’s TRACC (Training Room and Conditioning Center) in Los Angeles (1985-1991) and associate director of athletic training and rehabilitation services for UCLA Intercollegiate Athletics (1991-1996).
As a clinician, she treated numerous females who suffered from season ending anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries, which are 2-4 times more prevalent in females and result in significant time loss from sport and long-term consequences to joint health and quality of life later in life.
Her desire to pursue an academic research career was largely driven by her interests to identify the risk factors that increase a young female’s susceptibility for knee injury, and to develop effective injury screening and intervention strategies to mitigate that risk.
Since receiving her PhD in Sports Medicine from the University of Virginia in 1999, Dr. Shultz has published more than 135 peer-review publications, including 6 consensus statements related to ACL injury risk and prevention in the physically active female. Her research has been supported by more than $1.75M in external funding from the National Institutes of Health, the NATA Research Foundation, NFL Charities, and the North Carolina Biotechnology Center.
Dr. Shultz has extensive experience in leading administrative units, national conferences, and externally funded interdisciplinary research teams focused on women’s health and wellness. She was inducted into the NATA Hall of Fame in 2015 and is recipient of the 2014 Medal for Distinguished Athletic Training Research, the 2012 Sayer “Bud” Miller Distinguished Educator, the 2005 Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer, and the 2003 Freddie H Fu New Investigator awards from the National Athletic Trainers Association.
She is a Fellow of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, the National Academy of Kinesiology and the American College of Sports Medicine, and currently serves as Senior Associate Editor for the Journal of Athletic Training.
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Dr. Jessica Dollar – CWHW Associate Director and Research Scientist
Center Hours: 8:30-4:30pm Monday or Wednesday and Tuesday, 12:00-4:00pm Friday
Dr. Jessica Dollar is a CWHW Associate Director and Research Scientist in the Department of Kinesiology, Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology, and Faculty Fellow for the Center for Women’s Health and Wellness. Dr. Dollar began her research career as an Undergraduate Research Fellow at UNC-Greensboro in the Department of Psychology. After graduating from UNC-Greensboro, Dr. Dollar served as the Project Coordinator for a large, collaborative NSF-funded project at The Center for Developmental Science at UNC-Chapel Hill. She then attended graduate school at The Pennsylvania State University, earning her M.S. and Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies. Dr. Dollar also has been intricately involved in every level of the research process and has received extensive training in advanced statistical analysis.
Taking a biopsychosocial approach to development, Dr. Dollar’s research examines the role of early emotional and self-regulatory development, within the social context, on psychological and physical health outcomes from childhood through adolescence. Specifically, her research focuses on how the emotional components of reward sensitivity and self-regulation across various levels of functioning (i.e., physiological, emotional, behavioral, cognitive) impact mental health, engagement in risky health behaviors (i.e., substance use), and cardiometabolic risk for girls across early development. In addition, Dr. Dollar’s work considers how caregivers and peers serve as important contexts that influence and are influenced by these developmental trajectories.
Dr. Dollar has served as a PI and co-I on a number of NIH-funded interdisciplinary grants, including The RIGHT Track Project at UNC-Greensboro. Dr. Dollar also has been intricately involved in writing a number of interdisciplinary grant proposals and looks forward to continuing this work for the CWHW.
Maslyn Behler – CWHW Graduate Administrative and Research Assistant
Center Hours: 9:00am-1:00pm Tuesday, 10:30am-12:30pm Thursday and Friday
Maslyn is a Sport and Exercise Psychology master’s student in the Department of Kinesiology. Maslyn completed a Bachelor of Arts and Science in General Psychology at the University of Delaware. While at the University of Delaware, she helped conduct research on two different studies. The first study had a focus on optimizing treatments for post traumatic stress disorder. The aim of the second study was to develop a more effective and holistic intervention for fathers who have a history of intimate partner violence, so that they may have healthy relationships with their family in the future.
In addition, she was a performance coach intern and rugby captain which developed her interests in helping others experience the benefits of physical activity and group collaboration. Her research and applied experience has motivated her to further her education and research career at the University of North Carolina Greensboro. Her research interests include youth development in sport with a special focus on environmental factors and coaching relations and overall mental health in student athletes from the K-12 to the collegiate level.
Emily Postlethwait – CWHW Graduate Administrative Research Assistant
Center Hours: 10:00am-2:00pm Tuesday, 1:00-4:00pm Thursday, 9:30am-12:30pm Friday
Emily is a first-year master’s student in the Department of Kinesiology, concentrating in Sport and Exercise Psychology. Emily received a Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology from Goucher College where she was also a captain of the field hockey team. While at Goucher, she was a part of a research team on cognition and learning where she helped conduct two research studies. Both focused on how someone’s cognitive load, the amount of information our working memory can process at any given time, is impacted by Zoom and how this may influence emotional and mental factors.
In terms of research at UNCG, Emily’s interests include, but are not limited to, motivation, athlete transition out of sport, the effect of physical activity on mental health, and how sport participation and physical activity impact physical and mental development across the lifespan. She’s excited to bring her personal experiences as a college athlete, a youth and high school field hockey coach, and a Life Time Athletic Kid’s Academy team member into her work at the Center for Women’s Health and Wellness.
Eryn Murray – CWHW Graduate Administrative and Research Assistant
Center Hours: 9:00am-1:00pm Tuesday, 1:00-3:30pm Thursday, 9:00am-12:30pm Friday
Eryn is a first-year Master’s student in the Department of Kinesiology with a concentration in Sport and Exercise Psychology. Eryn received her Bachelor of Arts in Exercise and Sport Science with a minor in Medical Anthropology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is interested in the intersections of physical activity and the aspects of wellness as it relates to mental well-being, health outcomes, and environmental factors. Eryn looks forward to utilizing her experiences and expanding her knowledge at the Center.