Department of Public Health Sciences

Cheryl J. Dye, Ph.D.

Professor in Public Health Sciences and Director of the Institute for Engaged Aging (IEA)

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In 1991, Dr. Cheryl Dye was the first faculty member hired into in the Department of Public Health Sciences. Since that time she has taught and conducted research in health promotion and chronic disease self-management, and provided leadership for several initiatives. Dye was a founding member of the American Academy of Health Behavior in 1997. In 2006, she was appointed Director of the CU Institute for Engaged Aging research center.  She served as Chair of the Advisory Board for the S.C. Center for Gerontology from 2001-2006.  In 2006, Dye was a founding member of the South Carolina Aging Research Network, which facilitates inter-institutional research in gerontology.  She co-wrote a proposal approved in 2007 to establish a Center of Economic Excellence (CoEE) called SeniorSMART, which includes a CU Endowed Chair in Senior Driving, Mobility and Physical Functioning.  Dr. Dye has received external research funding every year since 1992 with over $1M in funding as a Principle Investigator and an additional $4M as a Co-Investigator.  Her recent research has focused on promoting chronic disease self-management through use of Health Coaching.

Ph.D. - Public Health–Education and Promotion - University of South Carolina   
M.A. - Truman State University       
B.S.E. - Truman State University


  • Use of Health Coaching to Promote Chronic Disease Self-Management
  • Older Adult Health Promotion


  • Co-Principle Investigator with W. Sherrill. “Developing Wellness through Focused Health Coaching”.  Veterans Affairs, Office of Patient Centered Care and Cultural Transformation, ($121,974).  Funded. (July,2011-Dec,2011).
  • Principle Investigator at Clemson University. Subcontract with V.Hirth, PI at USC/Palmetto Heath.  “Palmetto State Geriatric Education Center”.  Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) through USC subcontract, $25,000 per year.  Funded. 2010-2015.
  • Principle Investigator.  J. Williams, Co-Investigator; B. Aybar-Damali, Co-Investigator.  Health Coaches for Hypertension Control.  Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). $374,928.  Funded.  (2000-2012)
  • Principle Investigator at Clemson University.  V. Hirth, PI at USC; L. Granholm, PI at MUSC.  “South Carolina Aging Research Network (SCARN) Infrastructure Core”.  Health Sciences South Carolina, $77,000.  Funded.    2007-2008.
  • Principal Investigator.  Co-Investigators - D. Willoughby, J. Eggert,  “Helping Rural Elders Transition from Home Health to Chronic Disease Self Management Through Paraprofessional Outreach”.  Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), DHHS.   $373,572.00.  Funded.   (2006-2010).
  • Principal Investigator. Co-Investigator – M. Condraky.  “Building and Sustaining Local Resources to Support Body and Soul”.  University of South Carolina Internal Funding Pilot Project Proposals.  $19,992.00.  7-1-2006 to 6-30-2007.  Funded.  This project supported my work as a member of the SC Cancer Disparities Community Network and a Co-Investigator on “Community Networks to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities.” Funded by the National Institutes of Health to USC with a subaward to CU.  


  • Dye CJ, Williams, JE, Kemper KA, and McGuire F.  " Impacting Mediators of Change for Physical Activity among Elderly Food Stamp Recipients”.  Educational Gerontology.  In press, October, 2011.
  • Dye CJ, Willoughby F, and Battisto D.  “Advice from Rural Elders: What it Takes to Age in Place.”  Educational Gerontology.  37: 1-20, 2011.Dye CJ, Wilcox S. “Beliefs of Low-Income and Rural Older Women Regarding Physical Activity”. Women & Health.  2006: 43(1): 129 – 149.
  • Dye CJ, Cason K. “Perceptions of Older, Low-income Women About Increasing Intake of Fruits and Vegetables”. Journal of Nutrition for the Elderly. 2005; 25(1): 21-41.  Willoughby D, Dye C, Burris P, and Carr R.  “Protecting the Kidneys of Patients with Diabetes.” Clinical Nurse Specialist.  May/June, 2005; 19(3): 150-156.
  • Kemper KA, Dye CJ, Sherrill WW, and Mayo RM.  “Guidelines for Public Health Practitioners Serving as Student Preceptors”, Health Promotion Practice: 2004; 5(2):160-173.
  • Dye CJ, Haley-Zitlin V, and Willoughby D. “Insights From Older Adults with Type 2 Diabetes:  Making Dietary and Exercise Changes”. The Diabetes Educator.  January/February, 2003; 29(1):116-127.
  • Rainey (Dye) CJ, Cason K.  “Nutrition Interventions for Low-Income, Elderly Women”, American Journal of Health Behavior, 2001;25(3):245-251.


  • HLTH 430 – Health Promotion of the Aged
  • HLTH 497 – Creative Inquiry
  • HLTH 340 – Healeth Promotion Program Planning
  • HLTH 240 – Determinants of Health Behavior


  • Director, Clemson University Institute for Engaged Aging
  • Member, Steering Committee – SeniorSMART CoEE
  • Chair, South Carolina Aging Research Network (SCARN)
  • Member, Advisory Board – Palmetto State Geriatric Education Center
  • Editorial Board Member - American Journal of Health Behavior, 2002-present
  • Founding Member - American Academy of Health Behavior, 1996


  • 2010 - Norman J. Arnold Alumni Medal Nominee. University of South Carolina.
  • 2006 - National Eta Sigma Gamma Distinguished Service Award.  
  • 2005 - Distinguished Member, The National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Clemson University chapter.  Other NSCS Distinguished Members at Clemson University include President Barker and Provost Helms
  • 2004 -Frank A. Burtner Award for Excellence in Advising, Clemson University.