School of Health and Human Sciences

GracieLee Weaver

GracieLee Weaver, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Office: 420 G Coleman Bldg.
Curriculum Vitae

Brief Bio

Personal Introduction

As a workplace health and safety researcher, I strive to identify and promote workplace practices that impact health and equity. In addition to my research, I am a volunteer health coach for UNCG’s employee wellness initiatives and a trainer for UNCG Health Coaching Programs. As the sibling of someone with intellectual and developmental disabilities, I am engaged as an advocate for inclusion, a leader for NC Sibs, and an InFocus consultant providing training to promote inclusion among local workplaces.

Professional Profile

Dr. GracieLee Weaver is an Assistant Professor in Public Health Education at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her current work is focused on the development, implementation, and evaluation of health promotion interventions in the workplace. She received grant funding from the National Institute on Drug Abuse to develop and test an online opioid misuse prevention program for workers in industries with high risks for injury. She is also familiar with trends in workplace wellness in the U.S. and experienced with assessing organizations’ needs related to the health, wellness, and safety of employees. Dr. Weaver was the lead on a project to examine current trends in the quality of workplace wellness initiatives using a the Well Workplace Checklist (WWC) dataset representing over 4,000 U.S. companies. She served on WELCOA’s advisory council to revise and update their quality benchmarks and Well Workplace Checklist.

  • PhD in Community Health Education at University of North Carolina Greensboro
  • MPH in Community Health Education at University of North Carolina Greensboro
  • BS in Human Development & Family Studies at North Carolina Greensboro
  • Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES)
  • National Board Certified Health & Wellness Coach (NBC-HWC)

Research Interests

Quality assessment of workplace health promotion, evaluation of workplace health and safety initiatives, organizational policies and cultures, substance abuse prevention

Current Projects

ThinkX Assessment & Coaching Evaluation       07/01/2020 – 02/01/2021

The goal of this project is to conduct an evaluation of the ThinkX intervention to determine changes in participants’ thought-drivers assessed in pre- and post-surveys. This project was funded by Triad Healthcare Network, LLC.

Role: Co-Investigator


SelfHelpWorks LivingEasy Evaluation       07/01/2020 – 06/30/2021

The goal of this project is to evaluate the effects of an online cognitive behavioral training on stress and resiliency for UNCG employees. This project is being conducted as part of a collaboration with SelfHelpWorks.

Role: Co-Investigator


National Institute on Drug Abuse              10/01/2019 – 09/30/2020

Title:  Development of an Opioid Misuse Prevention Program for Young Adult Workers in the Construction Industry ($224,998). The goal of this project is to develop an opioid misuse prevention program for employees working in industries with high risk of injury and high risk of opioid dispensing. This project was funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Role: Co-Investigator


McCrae Williams Foundation Survey       03/01/19 – 07/31/2020

The goal of this project is to clean and analyze secondary data related to the act of “Jansporting,” help-seeking behaviors, and the effects of Good Samaritan policies among students. This project is supported by the McCrae Williams Foundation and is intended to inform practice, research, and policy.

Role: Project Manager


Giant Steps Research Development Grant           01/01/2018 – 01/01/2019

The goal for this project was to assess current challenges and gaps among worksite wellness practitioners and develop a research agenda for worksite wellness with research partners. This project was supported by an internal university grant.

Role: Project Manager


Benchmarking Research with WELCOA & UNCG 08/01/2015 – 08/01/2016

The goal of this project was to clean and analyze 8 years of Well Workplace Checklist assessment data collected from over 4,000 U.S. companies to examine performance against quality benchmarks for workplace health promotion. This project was funded by the Wellness Council of America (WELCOA).

Role: Project Manager

Selected Publications

Unsal N, Weaver G, Bray JW, Bibeau D, Saake G. Return on Investment of Workplace Wellness: Evidence From a Long-Term Care Company. Workplace Health & Safety. September
2020. doi:10.1177/2165079920953052

Weaver, G, Kroshus, E, Milroy, J, Wyrick, D. Student Awareness of Campus Good Samaritan/Medical Amnesty Policies. J Am Coll Health, 2020; Published Online June 2020.

Weaver, GM, Bibeau, DL, Rulison, K, Bray, J, Dudley, WN, & Unsal, N. Tracking changes in U.S. organizations’ workplace health promotion initiatives: A longitudinal analysis of performance against quality benchmarks. Am J Health Promot. 2020; 34(2):142-149.

Weaver, GM, Bibeau, DL, Dudley, WN, Bray, J, & Rulison, K. Association Between the Characteristics of Organizations and their Profile of Performance Against Quality Benchmarks for Workplace Health Promotion. J Occup Environ Med. 2019;61(5):424-430.

Weaver, GM, Mendenhall, BN, Hunnicutt, D, Picarella, R, Leffelman, B, Perko, M, & Bibeau, DL. Performance Against WELCOA’s Worksite Health Promotion Benchmarks Across Years Among Selected US Organizations. Am J Health Promot. 2018;32(4):1010–1020.