School of Health and Human Sciences

2022-2023 Faculty Fellows


Forgive Avorgbedor, Ph.D., RN

Dr. Avorgbedor is an assistant professor at UNCG School of Nursing. Her research focuses on complications with diabetes and hypertension while pregnant. Specifically, she studies the biological, social, and psychological conditions that affect health during pregnancy and postpartum. Dr. Avorgbedor also explores structural racism and discrimination, inflammation-related genes, and maternal and infant health outcomes. Her plans to use her time as a CWHW fellow to conduct interdisciplinary team research to better understand the cumulative effects of neighborhood factors on the cardiovascular health of young adult women. The ultimate goal is to create prevention and intervention measures to help reduce the negative risk factors linked with cardiovascular disease.


Kierra Sattler, Ph.D.

Dr. Kierra Sattler focuses on risk and resilience among families who live in poverty or are involved in child protective services. Her primary goal for the CWHW Fellowship program is to gain expertise in physical health resilience among mothers and children who live in poverty and to understand the risk and protective processes that promote physical health resilience. Specifically, Dr. Sattler will focus on pregnancy and the first three years of life as a sensitive period for resilience among mothers and their young children.