Dr. Giselle Corbie-Smith is an Associate Professor of Social Medicine and Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She completed medical school at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and trained as an Internal Medicine Intern, Resident and Chief Resident at Yale University School of Medicine. She received a Masters of Science in Clinical Research from the Epidemiology Department at Emory University. Her interest in minority health issues, especially access to care and the influence of culture, race, ethnicity, and social class on health, dates from early in her academic career. Her clinical work has always focused on serving underserved populations in public hospitals or clinics. She maintains a clinical practice at a local community health center.
The Core’s main goal is to build community-academic relationships to increase minority participation in research. As Principal Investigator of the LeARN Study, Dr. Corbie-Smith examined research participants’ attitudes about participating in genetic research across the state of North Carolina. As PI on the Project EAST study, she is focusing on characterizing individual and community influences on research participation in rural African Americans and Latinos to develop innovative, theory based, culturally responsive interventions. Other past and present studies include defining the barriers and facilitators to African American elders use of influenza vaccines; research on HIV risk among older African American women; and studying the impact of training in cultural competency on knowledge and skills among medical students and residents.