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.



 Loreen Olson, Ph.D.


LoreenOlson2 Loreen Olson, Ph.D. is a faculty member in the Department of Communication Studies at UNCG.  In addition to her faculty responsibilities, Loreen is the Program Director to the Program to Advance Community Responses to Violence Against Women, which is housed in the Center for Women’s Health and Wellness at UNCG.






Jackie White, Ph.D.


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


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.





Melanie Pringle


MelanieMelanie Pringle  is a masters candidate in Women’s and Gender Studies.  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 include the intersection of gender and sexuality, feminism, and adolescent body image, particularly looking at these factors through the influence of popular media.  She hopes to one day work as a sexuality educator and advocate for teen girls.




Past Student Projects