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UTMB Health Family Medicine Welcomes New Vice Chair of Research

Mar 1, 2022, 09:20 AM by Cassi Boatwright

Shannon Guillot-Wright, PhD joins UTMB Health's Department of Family Medicine as Assistant Professor and Vice Chair of Research and Health Policy in the Department of Family Medicine. She will also serve as faculty in UTMB’s Center for Violence Prevention.

Dr. Guillot-Wright will oversee Family Medicine’s research activities and health policy scholarship. Working with a dedicated team, she will support the research careers and development of Department of Family Medicine faculty and trainees, increase research opportunities in health equity, clinical care, health policy, and education, and promote health equity initiatives in the Galveston community and beyond. She’s excited to engage faculty and trainees, promote collaborative research, and lead the Department in being a driver of scholarship and discovery across the nation.  

Her program of research focuses on structural violence, with a particular emphasis on the use of research evidence to foster equitable policies. She has conducted photo-ethnographic fieldwork with Filipino migrant seafarers to understand the systemic and structural production of health inequities as well as an ethnography exploring the use of research evidence in the U.S. Congress. Currently, she is conducting fieldwork with (im)migrant fishermen on the Gulf Coast, studying how work is a structural and social determinant of health. Dr. Guillot-Wright has published on structural violence, including social determinants of health, health policy, migrant health, and racial/ethnic health inequities in international and national journals and received research support from the CDC, Texas Medical Center's Health Policy Institute, the State of Texas - Office of the Governor, SW Ag Center, and numerous national Foundations. She was a selected artist for the National Academy of Medicine's Visualize Health Equity gallery and her work has been featured in the New York Times, National Public Radio, Houston Public Radio, Texas Monthly, TIME Magazine, and Houston Chronicle. She sits on the American Public Health Association’s Action Board as well as the Advisory Board for the Children’s Defense Fund – Texas. Dr. Guillot-Wright has her PhD in the Medical Humanities from UTMB, MA in Human Rights from Columbia University, and completed her postdoctoral training at the Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center at Penn State.

We officially welcome Dr. Guillot-Wright and her research team including Lacy Davis and Ellie Cherryhomes to the Department of Family Medicine.