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Carol Shively, PhD

Director of the Office of Women in Medicine and Science
Professor of Pathology; Physiology & Pharmacology and the Translational Science Institute and Wake Forest University Department of Psychology 


Dr. Shively has been a member of the faculty for 30 years. She is currently a Professor in the department of Pathology/ Comparative Medicine and holds appointments in the Departments of Psychology, Physiology & Pharmacology, and the Translational Science Institute. She is on the faculty of the Sticht Center on Aging, the Program for Complementary and Integrative Medicine, the Center for Comparative Medicine Research, the Hypertension and Vascular Research Center, and the Office of Women in Science and Medicine (OWIMS, formerly the Women’s Health Center of Excellence).  Dr. Shively directed the Research Program of the Women’s Health Center of Excellence, has been the departmental liaison to OWIMS for 10 years, and a faculty mentor for OWIMS for 10 years. Dr. Shively has mentored many young women scientists in training. Her mentoring activities extend into the community as she has been a Girl Scout troop leader for a number of years. Dr. Shively was recently appointed Director of the Office of Women in Science and Medicine at Wake Forest School of Medicine.
Dr. Shively received her Ph.D. degree in Psychology from the University of California at Davis in 1983, completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine, and was appointed to the faculty of Pathology/Comparative Medicine in 1986. Dr. Shively won the National Association for Women’s Health Annual Award for Excellence in Research, and is listed in Who’s Who of American Women, and International Who’s Who.  She reviews and consults for NIH, reviews for numerous journals, and has been guest editor for journal special topic editions.  She has authored or coauthored over 100 research papers, and taught Animal Behavior, Developmental Psychobiology, Primatology, and Doctor-Patient Relationships, and regularly lectures in Animal Models of Human Health, and Clinical Neuroscience. 
Dr. Shively has devoted her 30 year research career to the promotion of Women’s Health primarily through the study of nonhuman primate models.  Her research has focused on how social stress,  particularly that which is associated with low social status, increases the risk of disease including coronary heart disease, depression, metabolic syndrome, obesity, and endometrial cancer risk in females.  Her outstanding research achievements include:  1) the first experimental demonstration that central fat deposition exacerbates coronary and carotid atherosclerosis in nonhuman primates; 2) the first experimental demonstration that psychosocial stress causes visceral fat deposition and subsequent atherosclerosis in nonhuman primates; 3) the first to develop a nonhuman primate model of aging-associated loss of physical function;  4) the first to develop  a nonhuman primate model of depression in adult females; 5) the first to demonstrate that depressed female nonhuman primates develop more coronary artery atherosclerosis than their nondepressed counterparts; and 6) the first to demonstrate that commonly prescribed antidepressants exacerbate coronary artery atherosclerosis in depressed and nondepressed adult female nonhuman primates.

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Sonia J. Crandall, PhD, MS

Leadership Program Director for the OWIMS;
Professor, Physician Assistant Program;
Director of Scholarship and Research, Department of Physician Assistant Studies;
Affiliate, Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity

Dr. Crandall has been on faculty at WFSM since 1994.  From 1989 to 1994, she was a faculty member and Director of Faculty Development in Family Medicine at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine.  Dr. Crandall received her Ph.D. in Adult and Community Education from the University of Oklahoma.  She earned a BS in Zoology from Western Illinois University, and Master's degrees in Education and Epidemiology from the University of Illinois and Wake Forest School of Medicine, respectively. Dr. Crandall has been actively involved in face-to-face teaching for the past 20 years and has a long-standing interest in medical education, faculty development, and educational research. She has published several articles on medical student attitudes, one of which was awarded Best Paper by an Established Investigator (Division I) at the 1995 American Educational Research Association (AERA) meetings.  She was a member of the task force that prepared the handbook for reviewers of research manuscripts, which was published in the 2001 September issue of Academic Medicine.  She designed the “Accept, Revise, Reject” workshop for the Southern Group on Educational Affairs (SGEA) to assist with increasing the pool of trained reviewers for journals and educational research conferences.  She has co-authored 10 funded Title VII HRSA primary care training grants and is currently Project Director/Co-Director on two grants.  Dr. Crandall is an active member of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, AAMC, AERA, SGEA, the Association for Medical Education in Europe, and the European Association for Communication in Health Care. She is a Fellow of the 2005-2006 class in the Hedwig van Amerigen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program for Women.

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Natalie Barrett


Program Coordinator  



Ms. Barrett joined OWIMS in 2000 soon after immigrating to the United States.  Over the years, she has assumed several roles within each of the OWIMS Programs, including serving as Volunteer Coordinator for the Excellence Triathlon for 7 years and onsite supervisor for the PHS-SSHP General Clerk for 12 years.  Ms. Barrett is the Program Coordinator for the OWMS Career Development for Women Leaders Training Program, which began in 2008 and the Early Career Development Program for Women, which began in 2014. She serves as the Mentoring Program Manager for the OWIMS Women Junior Faculty Mentoring Program.  
She is a certified Master CIW Designer and is the Web Designer for the OWIMS website, developing and updating content and publishing the OWIMS weekly newsletter: Weekly Links & News.  Additionally, Ms. Barrett administers the Office of Faculty Affairs and Career Development and Junior Faculty Mentoring Program (JUMP) websites.  

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