Center for Women's Health and Wellness

School of Health and Human Sciences

Faculty & Staff


Paige Hall Smith, PhD, MSPH


Paige S for webPaige Hall Smith is Director of the Center for Women’s Health & Wellness and Director of the CWHW Program for Breastfeeding, Gender, and Health. She is Associate Professor of Public Health Education and for 2004-2006 she was the Linda Arnold Carlisle Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at UNCG.

She also holds appointments in the Department of Behavior and Health Education and the Department of Maternal and Child Health at UNC Chapel Hill. Dr. Smith received her MSPH and Ph.D. from the School of Public Health, UNC Chapel Hill. She is married, the mother of one daughter, and lives in Chapel Hill, NC.

Donna Duffy, Ph.D.


donna_duffyDonna M. Duffy, Ph.D. is a faculty member in the Department of Kinesiology at UNCG. In addition to her faculty responsibilities, Donna is the Program Director for the Program for the Advancement of Girls and Women in Sport and Physical Activity, which is housed in the Center for Women’s Health and Wellness at UNCG. Donna completed her Ph.D. in the Department of Kinesiology at UNCG in 2007. Prior to coming to UNCG, Donna completed her B.S. and M.Ed. at Boston University in Curriculum and Instruction.



Christine Murray, Ph.D.


Christine MChristine Murray, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Counseling and Educational Development. In addition, she is the Program Director for the Program to Advance Community Responses to Violence Against Women, also housed in the Center for Women’s Health and Wellness. See homepage. Christine completed her Ph.D. in Counselor Education at the University of Florida.






Jackie White

Jackie White PhotoAfter 41 years at UNCG, Jackie White retired from her position as Professor of Psychology and Associate Dean for Research in the College of Arts and Sciences. She then assumed the position of the 2012-2013 APA Catherine Acuff Congressional Fellow, where she worked in the office of Congresswoman Diana DeGette. She is now back at UNCG as a Senior Research Scientist in the Center for Women’s Health and Wellness, where she is leading an initiative to develop an evaluation plan for the Office of Violence against Women in the Department of Justice.

Her research has focused on gender issues, aggression, and intimate partner violence and she has been a frequent collaborator with Paige Smith. Their developmental approach suggests that adolescent dating violence should be considered within a social ecological model that embeds the individual within the context of adolescent friendships and romantic relationships, as well as family and other social institutions that shape a young person’s sense of self.

Recent career highlights include co-founding and co-chairing the National Partnership to End Interpersonal Violence; presenting at a 2010 White House roundtable on teen dating violence and sexual assault; attending the 17th anniversary celebration of the Violence against Women Act, hosted by Vice-President Biden and Dr. Jill Biden at their home in Washington, DC; and serving as a member of the 2013 American Psychological Association Task Force of Gun Violence Prediction and Prevention.

Diane L. Gill, Ph.D.


dgillDiane L. Gill, Ph.D., is a professor in the Department of Kinesiology and the Linda Arnold Carlisle Distinguished Excellence Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is currently the editor of the Women in Sport & Physical Activity Journal with the Program for the Advancement of Girls & Women in Sports & Physical Activity.  She received both her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Illinois, and her undergraduate degree from the SUNY at Cortland.  She has served as Associate Dean of the School of Health and Human Performance, Head of the Department of Exercise and Sport Science, and as the founding Director of the Center for Women’s Health and Wellness. Her research emphasizes social psychology and physical activity, with a focus on physical activity and psychological well-being. 



Student Staff

Marli Bennett, B.A.

Marli BMarli Bennett is a graduate student in the Department of Kinesiology at UNCG. She is currently working towards a Master’s degree in Sport and Exercise Psychology. She is the Graduate Assistant for the Program for the Advancement of Girls & Women in Sports & Physical Activity.  Her research interests are gender and sports issues, specifically athletic identity. Marli received her B.A. in Psychology from Temple University where she played Division I basketball. She received the Unsung Hero Award, Owl club Academic Award and Big 5 All-Academic honors for Women’s Basketball. Most recently, Marli served as head coach for the varsity girl’s basketball team at C.W. Stanford Middle School. The team won the division championship with a record of 9-3.


Brittany Chambers

BrittanyBrittany Chambers is currently a doctoral student in Public Health Education. Brittany is working on various projects on women’s reproductive health and wellness with CWHW.  She is also a mother to two beautiful children; therefore, maintaining a healthy work/life balance is very important to her. Her research interests are maternal and child health, adolescent reproductive health, and community engagement. More specifically, she is interested in teen mothers and teen pregnancy prevention.







Morgan Ashleigh Logan

Morgan photoMorgan Ashleigh Logan is a recent graduate (and proud Pirate, ARRRRRRGGGGH!) of East Carolina University.  Morgan has dedicated a majority of her time to the betterment of women’s health and education. She is the Loretta M. Williams Undergraduate Research Assistant for CWHW.  Skilled in creating interactive programs and print material, Morgan hopes to utilizing her talents in the upcoming semester as she works along with UNCG’s Center for Women’s a Health and Wellness. Morgan is a post-baccalaureate student with ambitions of becoming an obstetrician/gynecologist.






Melanie Pringle


MelanieMelanie Pringle  is a graduate student working toward an MS/Ed.S in School Counseling in the department of Counseling and Educational Development.  She is the Graduate Assistant for the Center for Women’s Health and Wellness and works on the Program to Advance Breastfeeding and Reproductive Health.  She received a BA in Music and a BA in Spanish from Guilford College, after which she worked for various departments in Forsyth County, including the Library, Animal Control, and Public Health.  While working for Public Health, Melanie served on the Domestic Violence Community Council (DVCC) and Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) with Family Services in Winston-Salem.  She also attended a conference on child abuse prevention and took a six-week breastfeeding course from a CLC.  Her research interests are gender, feminism, and the policing of girls’ and women’s bodies.



Erin Reifsteck, M.S.

Reifsteack head shotErin Reifsteck, M.S.,  is a graduate student in the Department of Kinesiology at UNCG. She is currently working toward her Doctoral degree in Sport and Exercise Psychology after completing her M.S. in Sport and Exercise Psychology at UNCG. She works on the Women in Sport & Physical Activity Journal.  Her research interests are in gender and sport issues as well as physical activity and sport/life transitions. Erin received her B.S. in psychology with a minor in neuroscience at Saint Francis University (PA) where she played Division I field hockey and was named a two-time ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American and the Northeast Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Erin’s current athletic pursuits include coaching local youth field hockey teams and competing in taekwondo.



Kiera Stewart

KieraKiera Stewart is Postbacc Premed student from the small town of South Boston, Virginia.  She is an Undergraduate Research Assistant with CWHW.  After completing her B.S. degree in Community Health at George Mason University and spending a year working with a breast surgeon specializing in breast cancer, she made the decision to begin her journey on an alternative route to medical school.  Between being raised by strong independent women in her family and being responsible for herself at such a young age, Kiera has found purpose in empowering women over their health, mind, and bodies.  She has gained valuable experience through volunteering with incredible organizations that have provided her with the necessary cultural sensitivity and compassion essential for a career in women’s health.  When work is not an immediate concern, she enjoys reading, reflecting, eating and learning/experiencing something new.