Promoting quality of life for aging individuals remains integral to gerontology research. Dr. Cheryl Dye has a longstanding history of paving the way for new developments in this area through the various projects she has led throughout the state of South Carolina. Dye received her Ph.D. in Public Health from the University of South Carolina in 1991 and is currently a research professor in the Department of Psychology and professor Emerita in the Department of Public Health Sciences. She is additionally the founding director and a current faculty associate of Clemson University’s Institute for Engaged Aging (IEA). Dye has extensively researched the areas of chronic disease self-management through the use of health coaches; development and implementation of interventions to improve physical activity, nutritional behaviors and to reduce falls; dementia care; and technologies and built environment approaches to enable aging in place.
In the past years, she has represented the College of Behavioral, Social, and Health Sciences 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.” Dye has served as Principal Investigator on numerous research projects, including for the Palmetto State Geriatric Education Center from 2007 to 2015. Through this project, Dye developed health literacy curricula and conducted training for healthcare professionals and undergraduate students. She has also taught twelve courses, including a Creative Inquiry that she developed for undergraduate students to establish a program for individuals in early to mid-stage dementia; this program has received funding from the state’s Office of Aging and has been implemented in various community settings, including one of Clemson’s local retirement communities, Clemson Downs. She recently completed her appointment by the Lieutenant Governor on the South Carolina Advisory Council on Aging.
In addition to involvement, Dye has been the recipient of over $5.5M in funding as a Principal Investigator and Co-Investigator from agencies including the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the Kellogg Foundation, the Duke Endowment, the USDA, and the Veteran’s Administration.