Cecile N. Yancu, PhD

Associate Professor of Sociology
Behavioral Sciences & Social Work
Winston-Salem State University
601 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr.
309 Coltrane
Winston-Salem, NC 27110, USA

Biography

EDUCATION/TRAINING

Hunter College, City University of New York B.A. 1992 Sociology/Urban Studies
Columbia University of the City of New York M.A. 1995 Sociology
Columbia University of the City of New York M.Phil. 1997 Sociology
Columbia University of the City of New York Ph.D. 2002 SocioMedical Sciences

POSITIONS AND HONORS

1995-1996 Adjunct Assistant Professor, Brooklyn College, City University of New York, NY, NY.
1995-2003 Graduate Research Assistant, Columbia University of the City of New York, NY, NY.
2001-2003 Adjunct Assistant Professor, Columbia University School of Medicine, NY, NY.
2003-2004 Assistant Research Scientist, Columbia University School of Medicine, Stroud Center for Study of Quality of Life, NY, NY.
2004-2011 Assistant Professor of Sociology, Winston-Salem State University, Winston-Salem, NC
2005-2007 Sociology Program Coordinator, Winston-Salem State University, Winston-Salem, NC
2011-Pres. Associate Professor of Sociology, Winston-Salem State University, Winston-Salem, NC

Research Interest

Her current research focuses on the relationship between chronic daily stress and poor coping methods, both of which are associated with persistent health disparities and reduced quality of life. Ongoing studies include an examination of the relationship linking emotional memory, anxiety disorders and stress-resilience among first responders. A second line of study is investigating the factors that influence college students’ decision-making practices towards high-risk sexual behavior(s). A third inquiry is examining the prevalence of pre-hypertension among young African Americans and the risk factors associated with it.

Scientific Activities

ACADEMIC FELLOWSHIP AWARDS

2012 Botswana Fellowship: The Success and Promise of Public Health, WSSU
2007 Japan Study Seminar, University of Hawaii
2006 South East Asia Mekong River Seminar, University of Hawaii
2005 GIS and Spatial Modeling for the Social Science Curriculum, Ohio State University,
2005 Infusing cross-cultural aging into the HBCU’S Allied Health Programs, Florida State University

Publications

Selected Peer-Reviewed Publications (In Chronological Order)

1. Yancu CN, FarmerDF, GravesMJ, Rhinehardt A, Leahman D. Accepting Transitions African Americans Discuss End of Life. American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. 2014.
2. Walker WR, Yancu CN, Skowronski JJ. Anxiety and the Fading Affect Bias. Advances in Cognitive Psychology.
3. Yancu CN, Lee AK, Witherspoon D, McRae C. Participant recruitment of African American College Students at an Historically Black College and University (HBCU): Challenges and strategies for Health-Related Research. The Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice. 2011.
4. Yancu CN. Gender differences in affective suffering among racial/ethnically diverse, community-dwelling elders. Ethnicity and Health. 2011; 16(2): 167-84. doi: 10.1080/13557858.2010.547249
5. Yancu CN, Farmer DF, Leahman D. Barriers to hospice use and palliative care services by African Americans. American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Care Medicine. 2009; 27(4): 248-253. doi: 10.1177/1049909109349942
6. Yancu CN. Mobile Cellular Technology: A New Approach to Coping with Accidental Falls among Older Adults. The International Journal of Cognitive Technology. 2006; 11(1): 23-30.