School of Health and Human Sciences

  • Making UNCG Campus Safe for All. In collaboration with a UNCG team andother universities around the country we pilot tested (Spring 2015) the APA “campus climate” survey to guide development of campus sexual violence prevention and response activities. UNCG was a pilot site and we are now partnering with UNCG staff/faculty on data analysis and interpretation and further planning. CWHW will serve as the UNCG “hub” for the annual campus climate survey. Our next campus climate survey will be in the Spring of 2017. Partners at UNCG include the Dean of Students, Title IX Coordinator, Office of Heath Promotion (Student Wellness). Lead : Paige Hall Smith, Loreen Olson.


  • North Carolina Safe and Healthy Campus Study. In collaborating with the NCCoalition Against Sexual Assault and the State Sexual Violence Prevention Team we launched this study to learn more about the needs of LGBTQI-identified students on college campuses as they relate to sexual violence. Our goal is to develop effective and realistic strategies that NC campuses can implement to improve sexual assault prevention and response for LGBTQI-identified students. To that end we established a coalition of campus-partners across the state to design a statewide survey that assesses these experiences. Team members : Paige Hall Smith, Leigh-Ann Royster, PHE Doctoral Candidate, Jen Przewoznik, NCCASA, Juliette Grimmett, Chrysalis Network.


Building Capacity to Advance Domestic Violence Service Providers (DVSP) Responses to LGBTQI Clients and Communities. The purpose of this project is to advance the capacity of domestic violence service providers (DVSPs) in North Carolina to deliver safe, effective and culturally relevant services to LGBTQ survivors of domestic violence (DV).

1. The goals of the project are to:

1) Increase the number of LGBTQ+ victims of domestic violence served by five target organizations.

a. By September 31, 2021, increase the ability of DVSP staff to integrate services for LGBTQ+ victims of domestic violence into existing organizational structures and functions.
b. By September 31, 2021, increase marketing of services and outreach to the communities and agencies served by the five target organizations and surrounding counties.

2) Increase the number of victims identified and appropriately served and referred by agencies who could potentially come into contact with LGBTQ+ victims of domestic violence [“client-serving agencies”, e.g., LGBTQ+ centers, police/law enforcement agencies, mental health agencies, Department of Social Services, educational institutions].
a. By September 31, 2021, enhance the capacity of client-serving agencies to appropriately serve and refer LGBTQ+-identified victims of domestic violence
b. By September 31, 2021, increase the number of client-serving agencies in a referral network who are able to provide effective and inclusive services to LGBTQ+-identified victims of domestic violence.

2. Partnerships
The LGBTQ Domestic Violence Response Initiative is a project led by the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCCADV) in partnership with the Center for Women’s Health and Wellness at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG). Collaboration is integral to the achievement of the project’s goals and objectives. Regional Hubs and the capacity building assistance they will provide to other DVSPs in their region are essential to the success of the LGBTQ Domestic Violence Response Initiative. Partnership also includes four community-based hubs and one university-based hub:

Community-based hubs:
• Family Services of the Piedmont (Jamestown)
• Durham Crisis Response Center (Durham)
• Outer Banks Hotline (Outer Banks)
• Helpmate Hotline (Ashville)
University Hub:
• Campus Violence Response Center (UNCG)

3. Funding source
This project is generously supported by a grant from the North Carolina Governor’s Crime Commission (GCC).

4. Working definition of a high capacity agency—
For the purposes of this project, high-capacity agency building is defined as: facilitating the ability of an organization to grow and strengthen towards achieving project goals.

5. Contact information
Stacy Sechrist:
Naglaa Rashwan:


  • Battery and Traumatic Brain Injury This multi-phased project involves a set of interdisciplinary scholars studying intimate partner related traumatic brain injury. Currently two manuscripts are in progress—one presenting a theoretical framework for studying and understanding the phenomenon and another summarizing the implications for practice. Plans are underway to conduct empirical examinations of the phenomenon. Colleagues include : Gwen Hunnicut, Kristine Lundgren, & Christine Murray


  • Luring Communication and Child Sexual Predators. This long term project examines how child sexual predators build relationships with children and use communication to lure them into a cycle of entrapment, thereby creating an environment where the predator can sexually abuse the child. The first analysis led to the creation of a theory entitled, Luring Communication Theory, and was published in the journal Communication Theory. More recently, we have tested the theory by applying it to the Jerry Sandusky case.


Lead : Loreen Olson Olson, L. N., Daggs, J. L., Ellevold, B. L., & Rogers, T. K. (2007).The communication of deviance:

Toward a theory of child sexual predators’ luring communication. Communication Theory, 17, 231-251.
More recently, we have tested the theory by applying it to the Jerry Sandusky case.To follow is a description of and citation for this study: Abstract: On Friday June 22, 2012, Jerry Sandusky (JS), the former, highly-regarded college football coach at The Pennsylvania State University, was found guilty of 45 counts of sexual abuse with prepubescent boys, occurring over a period of 15 years. Luring Communication Theory (LCT; Olson, et al., 2007) was developed to describe the face-to face communication processes that occur over time between perpetrators and potential victims of child sexual abuse (CSA). The purpose of this case study was to a) explore the luring communication used by Jerry Sandusky to entrap his victims into a sexual relationship, and b) further develop LCT using the findings in the Sandusky case. Results of the analysis support the major tenets of LCT with some additions and edits, including organizational privilege and protection, creating access, emotional responses, a maintenance structure of abuse, instances of no abuse or short-term abuse, and longitudinal effects as an extended outcome. Application of results and future steps for further theory development are discussed.

Adamson, N. A., Albert, C. S., Campbell, E. C., & Olson, L. N. (under review). Luring communication theory: A case study analysis of Jerry Sandusky’s communicative entrapment of child victims. Manuscript submitted for publication.