Many researchers and practitioners across UNCG are engaged in work around women’s health and wellness. We highlight this work to help people both internal and external to UNCG connect with those with shared interests and complimentary expertise.
For UNCG Scholars and Practitioners: If you are doing work related to women’s health and wellness and would like to have your information listed, please submit your information in this form.
Fluid Intake Behaviors Across the Menstrual Cycle in Naturally Cycling Females
Principle Investigators – William Adams, PhD, ATC & Laurie Wideman PhD
The goal of this project is to: 1) determine fluid intake behaviors across the menstrual cycle, 2) investigate how sex hormones alter urinary and blood hydration biomarkers and 3) assess the relationship between daily fluid intake on mood and cognition throughout the menstrual cycle. The impact of sex hormones on fluid intake behaviors can be used to inform the development of targeted hydration strategies in females specific to the physiologic changes occurring throughout the menstrual cycle.
To Learn More, follow Dr. Adams on Twitter.
Pregnancy Complications and Postpartum Health
Principal Investigator – Forgive Avorgbedor PhD, RN
Interdisciplinary Research on Early Predictors of psychological and physical health
Taking a biopsychosocial approach to development, my research examines the role of early emotional and self-regulatory (physiological, emotional, attentional, cognitive) development, within the social context, on psychological and physical health outcomes for girls from childhood through adolescence.
Learn more on the Right Track.
The Female BRAIN Project
Principle Investigator – Donna Duffy PhD
Most of what we know about sports related head injuries comes from research on male athletes and these findings are applied to female athletes. However, research suggests that sports related head trauma is experienced differently among the sexes. The Female Behavior and Recovery After Injury and Neurotrauma (BRAIN) Project aims to highlight the risk factors and recovery variables exclusive to female athletes.
Learn more with the Program for the Advancement of Girls and Women in Sport and Physical Activity.
Effect of Life Course Adversity on the Stress Response during Pregnancy
Principal Investigator – Crystal Epstein PhD, PMHNP
Celebrate the Trail to Recovery: A hiking program for those affected by cancer
Principle Investigator – Justin Harmon, PhD
This twice-weekly, year-round hiking program takes those affected by cancer on hikes on the trail system of Greensboro and greater Guilford County. The program is open to those who have or had cancer, as well as their caregivers. It is predominantly women who participate. Benefits from participation include physical exercise, socialization and support, and immersion in natural environments.
Learn more on Celebrate the Trail to Recovery.
Exercise, Health Education and Resource Support for those with Fibromyalgia/Chronic Fatigue
Principle Investigator – William B. Karper EdD (program director)
A program for women that examines the effects of exercise on fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndromes. Also, provides health education and resource for those with these conditions.
To contact William B. Karper, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
iGrow (Infant Growth and Development) Study
Principal Investigator – Esther Leerkes PhD
iGrow is an NIH-funded study following 300 expectant mothers from the prenatal period until their children are two in an effort to identify predictors of childhood obesity. We intend also to address a number of issues related to women’s health. For instance, we will examine predictors of: maternal depression, anxiety, role strain and sleep quality; gestational weight gain and postpartum weight retention, pregnancy and birth complications, and long-term cardiovascular health.
Energy Balance and Lifestyle Factors Associated with Obesity and Cancer Risk
Principal Investigator – Jessica McNeil PhD
Human Milk Composition as A Bridge Between Maternal and Infant Nutrition
Principle Investigator – Maryanne Perrin PhD, MB., RDN
Human milk provides a bridge between maternal nutrition and immunity, and infant health outcomes. Many preterm infants rely on human milk from an anonymous milk bank donors when their mother’s own milk is not available. My research explores the experiences of milk bank donors, the composition of donated milk, and how milk banking practices influence milk composition to improve nutritional interventions for preterm infants.
Learn more on my Twitter.
Eating Behaviors, Diet and Body Esteem among Girls and Young Women
Principal Investigator – Lenka Shriver PhD
Risk and Prevention of Knee Injuries in Women
Adolescent and young adult females are at a 2-4 fold greater risk of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury of the knee compared to similarly trained males. The goal of our research is to understand the underlying factors that increase a female’s susceptibility for both primary and secondary knee injuries, how those risk factors develop and change during growth and development, and to develop effective interventions to mitigate that risk.
Learn more at the ANRL lab.
NC LGBTQ Domestic Violence Research Initiative
This project advances the capacity of communities and campuses to provide safe, equitable and quality services to LGBTQ survivors of intimate partner violence. Partners include domestic violence and LGBTQ programs in Asheville, the Outer Banks, Greensboro and Durham. Funding provided by the NC Governor’s Crime Commission for 10/1/2017– 9/30-2022, and alumni.
Learn more about the NC LGBTQ Domestic Violence Response Initiative.
Voice 4 Reproductive Justice
“Voices for Reproductive Justice“ is a university-community partnership sponsored symposium, and highlights the application of a social justice and health equity approach to reproductive health. Historically, reproductive health advocates have applied a narrower, rights-based framework that focuses on bodily autonomy and has privileged the voices of white, middle-class women.
Learn more with She Can, We Can.