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Giselle is nationally known for her scholarly work on the inclusion of disparity populations in research and has over a decade of experience in using community engagement to conduct innovative, translational health equity research. Her empirical work, using both qualitative and quantitative methodologies, has focused on the methodological, ethical and practical issues of research to address racial disparities in health.

A Kenan Distinguished Professor in the departments of social medicine and medicine at the UNC School of Medicine, she has served as the principal investigator of several community-based participatory research projects focused on disease risk reduction among rural racial and ethnic minorities. These projects have include funding through the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities, the National Institute of Nursing Research, Greenwall Foundation and the National Human Genome Research Institute.

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