Dr. Sandra Shultz – CWHW Director
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. Donna Duffy – CWHW Associate Director
Dr. Donna Duffy is an AP Associate Professor in the Department Kinesiology and is the Associate Director of the Center for Women’s Health and Wellness at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro.
Duffy leads a team of international researchers focused on the physiological and neurological outcomes of concussive and sub-concussive head trauma among female athletes. Dr. Duffy and her team are particularly interested in developing a better understanding of how head trauma influences female athlete reproductive health throughout the lifespan. Dr. Duffy and her team are committed to understanding head trauma in female athletes from a holistic perspective and conduct MRI research, as well as biomarker and psycho-social research.
Dr. Duffy was quoted in the New York Times about her research on head injuries and female football players and she serves on three different national boards as a research advisor. These boards include: (1) Pink Concussions, (2) The Women’s GridIron Foundation, and (3) Women’s Rugby Coaches Association.
Jessica Dollar PhD – CWHW Faculty Fellow
Dr. Jessica Dollar is a 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.
Rebecca Cerminaro – CWHW Graduate Administrative and Research Assistant
Rebecca completed her Bachelor’s of Science in Exercise Science and Health Promotion from Florida Atlantic University in Fall 2018. She furthered her education at Florida Atlantic University with a Master’s of Science in Exercise Physiology, where she worked in the Muscle Physiology Laboratory. There, she completed a thesis project observing the relationship between two measurement tools that can be used to gauge perceived and objective effort, which can be used to monitor and prescribe resistance training. She has also assisted with a study that looked at the comparison between two types of resistance training protocols in cancer patients to observe muscle quality, strength and protocol adherence, as well as a study that looked at the difference between resting protein levels in the brain in trained versus untrained individuals.
Her research interests lie within the realm of women’s health, specifically the impact of the menstrual cycle on exercise; the importance of energy balance, metabolic demands, bone health and nutritional needs during the menstrual cycle or lack thereof in female athletes; and the endocrine and metabolic demands throughout a women’s lifespan, including during pregnancy and menopause. She also desires to continue to study the role of exercise in cancer patients and other special populations.