Dr. Cheryl Giscombe is the Melissa and Harry LeVine Family Distinguished Term Professor in the School of Nursing. She is a social and health psychologist, psychiatric nurse practitioner, certified holistic health coach, and Fellow of the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research and the American Academy of Nursing. Dr. Giscombe is also the President of the International Society of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses, and she is a summer faculty member for the Harvard School of Public Health’s Health and Happiness Center, in collaboration with the University College in London. Dr. Giscombe’s research focuses on biopsychosocial factors that influence health and health disparities through psychological stress and coping pathways. Dr. Giscombe is an Inaugural Fellow/Design Partner for the Harvard Macy Institute’s Art Museum-Based Health Professions Education Fellowship. . Dr. Giscombe’s research has been consistently funded since 2004 by the American Psychological Association, NIH, SAMHSA, HRSA, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation. Most recently, Dr. Giscombe was awarded an R01 grant funded by the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities to examine a culturally relevant self-care intervention to reduce cardiometabolic risk in African American women. Dr. Giscombe is passionate about mentoring the next generation of research scholars and healthcare leaders. As a Josiah Macy Faculty Scholar, Dr. Giscombe developed the Interprofessional Leadership Institute for Behavioral Health Equity. In addition, Dr. Giscombe is a founding member, Executive Committee Member, and Director for Clinical Sciences for the International Society of Contemplative Research. She is director of the Giscombe Health, Equity, and Arts Lab, and her research, practice, and teaching activities integrate mindfulness practices in clinical, community, and educational settings to promote optimal health, wellbeing, and equity for all.

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This profile was last updated on March 12, 2020

Mind & Life Connections


2020 Contemplative Research Conference Session

Plenary Symposium: Clinical Panel “Effects of Contemplative Training in Vulnerable Populations”

Moderators: Doris F. Chang
Panel: Linda Carlson, David J. Creswell, Cheryl Woods Giscombe, Doris F. Chang

Topics: Interconnection | Mindfulness | Social Change | Stress & Resilience