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 Shively Carol A

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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 Danhauer Suzanne C

Suzanne C. Danhauer, PhD

Associate Director of the Office of Women in Medicine and Science
Associate Professor of Public Health Sciences, Social Sciences & Health Policy


Dr. Suzanne Danhauer is an Associate Professor in the Department of Social Sciences & Health Policy in the Division of Public Health Sciences, and holds a joint appointment in the Department of Internal Medicine, Section on Hematology and Oncology in the Wake Forest School of Medicine. 
She is a clinical health psychologist whose research has investigated: (1) potential benefits of behavioral and integrative medicine modalities (with an emphasis on symptom management) for cancer patients and post-treatment survivors; (2) psychological adaptation to cancer, specifically how many survivors report a variety of positive changes in their lives following cancer. Her current studies funded by the National Cancer Institute examine: (1) a stepped-care telehealth intervention for depression and anxiety in post-treatment, rural cancer survivors; (2) a device-guided breathing intervention to reduce anxiety in post-treatment lung cancer survivors; and (3) work ability in young adult cancer survivors.  
As an educator, Dr. Danhauer has taught medical students in the doctor-patient relationship course for a number of years, and more recently her teaching with undergraduate students, medical students, and academic medicine faculty members has incorporated “positive psychology” scientific findings for concepts such as happiness, positive emotions, and gratitude – and why they matter. 
At her institution, she serves as a Vice Chair in the Department of Social Sciences & Health Policy, on a number of institutional committees, and as a mentor to junior faculty members, postdoctoral fellows, and students. She is also member of Symptom Management & Health-Related Quality of Life Steering Committee at the National Cancer Institute.

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Natalie Barrett


Program Manager


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 Manager for Faculty Development in the Office of Faculty Affairs and manages  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 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.     

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Shannon Suggs

Program Coordinator 


Ms. Suggs recently joined the OWIMS family in September 2016 where she currently serves as a Faculty Affairs Program Coordinator.  She works closely with OWIMS and the Women in Medicine and Science Standing Committee coordinating their initiatives.  She also serves as the Mentoring Program Coordinator for the OWIMS Women Junior Faculty Mentoring Program.  Additionally, Ms. Suggs supports the coordination of the Clinical Skills courses for the UGME program.

Ms. Suggs holds a BS in Business Administration from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  Her background includes office administration, insurance sales and services, and financial sales and services. She looks forward to assisting the WFBMC faculty and promoting the institution’s strategic goal to Make this a Great Place to Work, Learn, and Discover.

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