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OWIMS is pleased to announce that Carol Shively, PhD, has been appointed Director, effective November 1, 2015.

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Carol Shively, PhD

Professor of Pathology; Physiology & Pharmacology and the Translational Science Institute and Wake Forest University Department of Psychology

Director of OWIMS

Number of years at WFSM: 30


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 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). 

Description of leadership accomplishment(s):   

Dr. Shively directed the Research Program of the Women’s Health Center of Excellence (1997-1999), 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.

Additional leadership roles served:

  • Director, Graduate Program in Comparative Medicine 1991-2006
  • Assistant Director of Diversity WF Primate Center 2007-present
  • Steering Committee WHCOE 1997-2007
  • Administrative Core WHCOE 1997-2012
  • Co-Chair Research Advisory Committee 2007-2008
  • Chair Research Advisory Committee 2008-2009
  • Co-Chair, Genomics Center Oversight Committee 2011-2012

Leadership Training:

  • AAMC Mid-Career Women Faculty Professional Development Program 2006
  • OWIMS Career Development for Women Leaders Program 2009-2010

Description of leadership and mentoring accomplishment(s):   

  • OWIMS Departmental Liaison (2005-present)
  • Mentor in the OWIMS Women Junior Faculty Mentoring Program (2005-present)
  • Institutional Promotions and Tenure Committee (2010-present)
  • Pathology Department Promotions Committee (2015-present)

Primary faculty duties:  Research

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.

Future Plans:

OWIMS has been a leader in faculty development for women, engaging our faculty in personal and professional development by involvement in mentorship and leadership programs. Dr. Shively plans to continue OWIMS' focus on developing the careers and leadership skills of women faculty, trainees and students. 

Dr. Shively plans to revitalize the research component of OWIMS, specifically building on its strong past history of sex differences and women’s health research. OWIMS will become a strong advocate and coordinating entity that will align work in sex differences with NIH priorities and the Wake Forest School of Medicine Strategic Plan. Furthermore, Dr. Shively will work with our leaders in Medical Education to review, update and integrate awareness and knowledge of sex differences in health issues important to our future physicians.

Dr. Shively plans to reach out to all faculty and engage them in the future of this most important Office.

Please join us in congratulating Carol Shively and welcoming her to her new role.

Contact information for potential collaborators
            Phone:  336 716-1524
Date:  10-22-15

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