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Faculty and Staff Profile

Cheryl Dye

Emeritus Faculty
Director, CU Institute for Engaged Aging

Office: 535A Edwards Hall

Phone: 864-656-4442


Vita: View

Educational Background

PhD Public Health
University of South Carolina 1991

MA Physical Education
Truman State University 1981

BSE Physical Education
Truman State University

Courses Taught

Introduction to Health Careers
Human Health and Disease
Determinants of Health Behavior
Health and Fitness
Health Promotion Program Planning
Health Promotion and Education Honors
Health Promotion of the Aged
Contemporary Health Issues
Creative Inquiry in Public Health
Improving Population Health
Population Health Research


Dr. Dye was the first faculty member joining the newly-created department in 1991. Since that time, she has taught twelve courses, many of which she developed. She has received over $1.5M in funding as a Principal Investigator from National Institutes of Health (NIH), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Kellogg Foundation, Duke Endowment, USDA, and the Veteran’s Administration. As a Co-Investigator, she has received on additional $5M in research funding. Most of her funded research has focused on promoting chronic disease self-management among older adults through use of community-based Health Coaching. Her recent work has been in promoting quality of life for those with dementia and their family caregivers. Dr. Dye has provided state and university leadership for several gerontology initiatives. From 2001 to 2006 she served as Chair of the Advisory Board for the South Carolina Center for Gerontology (SCCG) which included representatives from universities and aging agencies across the state. In 2004, she led the SCCG in hosting the statewide,“Summit on Aging: Meeting Greater Elder Needs with Fewer Resources in South Carolina”, which was sponsored by SC Department of Health and Environmental Control, SC Department of Health and Human Services, South Carolina Alliance 2020, and South Carolina Leadership in Public Service Program. In 2006, she collaborated with USC, MUSC, Greenville Health System (GHS), and Palmetto Health to establish the South Carolina Aging Research Network (SCARN), which facilitates inter-institutional research in gerontology. Since then, Dr. Dye and her SCARN colleagues have hosted the annual Aging Research Day which features research conducted by faculty and graduate students at each member organization. In 2006, Dr. Dye was appointed Director of the CU Institute for Engaged Aging (IEA). In collaboration with SCARN members, the IEA hosted Aging Research Day in 2009, 2012, and 2015. Also in 2006, Dr. Dye collaborated with USC, GHS, and Palmetto Health to submit a proposal to establish a Center of Economic Excellence (CoEE) called SeniorSMART which was approved by the Commission on Higher Education in 2007. SeniorSMART includes three Endowed Chairs, one of which was awarded to CU. Efforts to fill the CU Endowed Chair in Senior Mobility and Physical Functioning are underway. From 2012-2013, Dr. Dye represented the College of Health and Human Development and the IEA in co-sponsoring with GHS the conference “Transforming Healthcare with Compassionate Healthcare of Our Aging Community: a Focus on the Care of Aging Patients and Dementia”. After serving as PI on a 2014 Governmental Affairs proposal to address veteran needs in collaboration with GHS, Upstate Warrior Solution, and IEA Faculty Associates, Dr. Dye led the same collaborators in planning and hosting the conference, “Coming Home: Key Transitions for Warriors and Families” was held on June 18, 2015 with over 120 registrants. Since 2001, Dr. Dye has served as PI on two projects funded by HRSA and a third one funded by the USDA to develop models using community-based, peer Health Coaches to mentor older adults in chronic condition self-management who reside in the rural upstate area of South Carolina. In the first project (2006 -2010), conducted with CU Institute for Engaged Aging (IEA) Faculty Associate, Dr. Deborah Willoughby (Nursing), use of community Health Coaches significantly reduced readmissions of Home Health patients with diabetes or cardiovascular disease. The second and third projects, Health Coaches for Hypertension Control (HCHC), focused on hypertension self-management (2009-2013; 2012-2013), were conducted with IEA Faculty Associates Dr. Joel Williams and Ms. Janet Evatt. Dr. Dye is now collaborating with IEA Faculty Associate Dr. Michelle Parisi to implement HCHC across the state through the CU Extension Service. From 2007 to 2008, Dr. Dye collaborated with researchers at MUSC and USC on the project, “South Carolina Aging Research Network (SCARN) Infrastructure Core,” funded by Health Sciences South Carolina. This award supported the first year of a 3-year study to examine stroke incidence, physician practices with post-stroke patients, and patient adherence with post-stroke and secondary stroke prevention regimens. The CU/GHS portion of the project was to develop and implement a lay health advisor program in which Health Coaches mentor post-stroke patients in rehabilitation and secondary stroke prevention. From 2007 to 2015, Dr. Dye was Principal Investigator on a subcontract with V. Hirth, PI at USC, for the project, “Palmetto State Geriatric Education Center”, which was funded and renewed by HRSA. The IEA collaborated with GHS, USC School of Medicine and MUSC Center on Aging to improve the training of health professionals in geriatrics. As part of her work, Dr. Dye developed health literacy curricula and conducted trainings for healthcare providers and undergraduate students. Dr. Dye serves as a Co-Investigator on the project, Enhancing mHealth Technology in the PCMH Environment to Activate Chronic Care Patients (R. Gimbel (PI) funded by the USAMRMC/DoD (2014-2018). As faculty lead for the Patient Activation Group, she leads development of tailored health messages designed to activate patients to better self-manage their diabetes. A majority of study participants are between 50 and 70 years of age. In a second research agenda, Dr. Dye has collaborated with IEA Faculty Associates, USC, and GHS to improve care for those with dementia and their caregivers. In 2012, she led a team including Dr. Hiep Pham from GHS and Julie Eggert (Nursing) and Ellen Vincent (Horticulture) as well as Veronica Parker (Nursing) to develop and conduct the project, “Environmental Approaches to Increase Engagement and Reduce Dementia-Related Disordered Behaviors of Those with ADRD” funded by the Institute for Advancement of Healthcare. Results from this project revealed that exposure to participant-preferred music and nature images can reduce disordered behaviors of those with dementia She and collaborators at USC are co-investigators with PI, Dr. James Davis (GHS), on the project, “GHS-REACH: A Caregiver Coaching Intervention for High Risk Patient/Caregivers to Extend Dementia Capable Services” funded by Administration on Aging (2015-2018). She has also served as a consultant to Dr. Davis on his project funded by the Duke Endowment Foundation (2014-2017) to expand and evaluate services of the GHS Memory Health Program. Funding from both the Duke Endowment and AoA awards supported Dr. Dye’s post-doctoral fellow in 2014-2016 and currently supports a doctoral student in 2016-2018. In Fall 2016, Dr. Dye served as PI on an NIH R-01 proposal with IEA Faculty Associate Nicole Davis (Nursing), Kapil Madathil (Civil Engineering), James McCubbin (Psychology), Michelle Parisi (Extension), Kathleen Valentine (Nursing), and Lingling Zhang (Public Health). The goal of the proposed project, Activating Rural Alzheimer’s Caregivers for Self-Care (ARACS), is to enable rural family caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s Disease to provide effective care while sustaining their own health. The original submission was not funded, but is being revised. Dr. Dye’s teaching activities have also focused on improving quality of life for those with dementia and their caregivers. Through the past six semesters of Creative Inquiry, her students established a program for those in early to mid-stage dementia at various community settings. The program is now institutionalized at a local church through creation of a governing board, receipt of funding from the state’s Office on Aging, and employment of a part-time Director. Dr. Dye’s students continue to provide activities in the program and to regularly offer a “Brain Fitness Camp” to residents of Clemson Downs, a local retirement community. Dr. Dye’s past Post-Doctoral Fellow, Dr. Xi Pan, and current doctoral student, Caitlin Torrence, are both actively engaged in her research and teaching activities involving older adults with dementia. In addition to mentoring Public Health Sciences undergraduates and doctoral students in research benefiting older adults, Dr. Dye has served, or is serving, on the following graduate student committees: DISSERTATION COMMITTEE MEMBER 2017-2020 Felicia Bowens, M.S., LRT/CTRS Recreational Therapist Doctoral student in PRTM Recreational Therapy Department of PRTM DISSERTATION COMMITTEE MEMBER 2017-2020 Snehal Lopes Doctoral Student in Applied Health Research and Evaluation Department of Public Health Sciences DISSERTATION COMMITTEE MEMBER 2017-2019 Sherry Stokes Doctoral Student in Applied Health Research and Evaluation Department of Public Health Sciences Working Title: “HRV feedback for cancer patients” DISSERTATION COMMITTEE CHAIR 2017-2019 Caitlin Torrence, MA Doctoral Student in Applied Health Research and Evaluation Department of Public Health Sciences Working Title: “Training for Formal and Informal Caregivers of those with Dementia” DISSERTATION COMMITTEE MEMBER 2017-2019 Janet Donnelly, MA Doctoral Student, Psychology Working Title: “The Role of Financial Factors in the Decision to Retire” DISSERTATION COMMITTEE MEMBER 2016-2018 Pai Liu Doctoral Student, Department of Planning, Design and the Built Environment College of Architecture, Arts, and Humanities Working Title: “Planning Retirement Communities for Chinese Elderly in US” DISSERTATION COMMITTEE MEMBER 2015-2016 Theresa Atkinson, M.S. Ph.D. degree in Industrial-Organizational Psychology “Disability and Employment: The Role of Social Skills, Social Support, and Core Self-evaluations” Graduation: May 2016 DISSERTATION COMMITTEE MEMBER 2014-2016 Maciel Ugalde PhD Degree in Food Technology “Evaluating Nutritional Risk of Older Adults Participating in the South Carolina Older Americans Act Programs” Graduation – December 2016   THESIS COMMITTEE MEMBER 2014-2016 Tatiana Epimakhova Master’s Degree in Healthcare Architecture “Age-segregated vs Age Integrated Communities” Graduation – May 2016 DOCTORAL COMMITTEE MEMBER 2013-2015 Christine B. Haltiwanger, DrPH Candidate University of Georgia, Athens “An Introspection into the Nutritional Health Status and Activity of Daily Living (ADL) Indicators for Older South Carolina Residents: Program Evaluations of State-Based Older Adult Programs” Graduation – December 2015 THESIS COMMITTEE MEMBER 2010-2013 Catalina Aragon Master’s Degree in Food, Nutrition and Culinary Sciences \\\"Costa Rican Longevity and Healthy Aging Study: Inflammation, diet and disease\\\" Graduation – May 2013 THESIS COMMITTEE MEMBER 2010-2011 Heather Bachman Master’s Degree in Healthcare Architecture “Built Environment for Dementia Day Services” Graduation – May 2011

Research Interests

Older adult health promotion
Chronic disease self-management
Community-based Health Coaching
Activating patients for health behavior change
Quality of life for those with dementia and their family caregivers.

Research Publications

Dye C, Williams J, Evatt JH. “Activating Patients for Sustained Chronic Disease Self-Management: Thinking Beyond Clinical Outcomes”. Journal of Primary Care and Community Health. 2016. DOI:10.1177/2150131915626562.

Damali U, Miller J, Fredendall L, Moore D, Dye C. "Enhancing patient participation through training and education: Media synchronicity theoretic view". Journal of Service Management. 2017. (JOSM-02-2016-0048.R2)

Dye C, Helmrich G. “Challenges for South Carolinian Family Caregivers and How Healthcare Providers Can Support Them”. Journal of South Carolina Medical Association. Volume 113, No. 2, Pages 41-80. May/June, 2017.

Scharett, E., Chalil Madathil, K., Lopes, S., Rogers, H., Agnisarman, S., Narasimha, S. & Dye, C. An investigation of the information sought by caregivers of Alzheimer’s patients on online peer support groups. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking. (In Press, 8-2017).

Gimbel R, Shi L, Williams J, Dye C, Chen L, Crawford P, Shry E, Griffin S, Jones K, Sherrill W, Truong K, Little J, Edwards K, Rempola M, Moss, J. “Enhancing mHealth Technology in the Patient Center Medical Home Environment to Activate Type 2 Diabetes Patients: A Multi-site Feasibility Study Protocol. JMIR Res Protoc. 6(3) 2017.

Pan X, Lee Y, Dye C, Theriot S. Financial Care for Older Adults with Dementia: Characteristics of Adult Children Caregivers (IJAHD-16-0065) The International Journal of Aging and Human Development. Accepted with revisions. (8-2016).

Eggert J, Dye C, Vincent E, Parker V, Pham H, Daily S, “Effects of Viewing a Preferred Nature Image and Hearing Preferred Music on Engagement, Agitation and Mental Status in Persons with Dementia”. Open Medicine. DOI: 10.1177/2050312115602579. 2015.

Wennberg A, Dye C, Streetman-Loy B, Pham H. “Alzheimer’s patient familial caregivers: A review of burden and interventions”. Health & Social Work. DOI: 10.1093/hsw/hlv062. 2015.

Dye, CJ, Williams JE, Evatt JH. “Improving Hypertension Self-Management with Community Health Coaches”. Health Promotion Practice. DOI:10.1177/1524839914533797. 2014.

Dye CJ, Williams, JE, Kemper KA, McGuire F. " Impacting Mediators of Change for Physical Activity among Elderly Food Stamp Recipients”. Educational Gerontology. 38:788-798, 2012.

Dye CJ, Willoughby F, Battisto D. “Advice from Rural Elders: What it Takes to Age in Place.” Educational Gerontology. 37: 1-20, 2011.

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