Visiting Scholar Announcements

Taylor, Wendell

Meet Dr. Wendell Taylor

The UTMB Health Institute for the Medical Humanities is pleased to welcome Wendell Taylor, PhD, MPH as a Visiting Scholar. Dr. Taylor will be in residence from March 2020 through July 2020. The objectives of his current research proposal are to present a comprehensive overview and analysis of ethics related to hiring practices and workplace interventions for people who smoke or are obese. His research interests are physical activity, workplace health promotion, health equity, and health behaviors in high priority populations.

Dr. Taylor was the principal investigator of a National Institutes of Health grant titled, Booster Breaks: A 21st Century Innovation to Improve Worker Health and Productivity. This study was a cluster-randomized controlled trial of health promoting breaks in the workplace and assessed physical, psychological, and organizational-level outcomes. There are more than 16 peer-reviewed publications related to the Booster Break concept and interventions.

Dr. Taylor received his AB from Grinnell College, MS in Psychology from Eastern Washington University, PhD in Social Psychology from Arizona State University, and his MPH from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, School of Public Health. In addition, he completed a two-year post-doctoral fellowship in Community Health at the Center for Health Promotion Research and Development, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. His previous positions include tenured Associate Professor of Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, School of Public Health, and Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research as well as Adjunct Associate Professor in the Cizik School of Nursing, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.

Meet Dr. Minji LeeMinji Lee

The UTMB Health Institute for the Medical Humanities is pleased to welcome Minji Lee, PhD as a Visiting Scholar. Dr. Lee will be in residence from June 2019 through August 2020. Dr. Minji Lee recently received a PhD Degree in the Department of Religion at Rice University. Her PhD thesis, “Bodies of Medieval Women as Dangerous, Liminal, and Holy: Representations in the Writings of Late Medieval Religious Women” explored how this medieval German nun defended the woman’s sexual/reproductive body” as positive in the images of re-creation and salvation against misogynic medieval and religious culture of her age.

Granted that Dr. Lee is a medievalist interested in the interactions between mysticism and medicine in the Middle Ages, she now turns to the new research project to compare medieval European medical theories and modern Korean folk medicine in order to see how women have been striving to maintain their reproductive health and to bring positive meanings to their own bodies. She also participated in making a Korean independent documentary project “For Vagina’s Sake (2017)” to posit how Western pre-modern medicine “diabolized” women’s menstrual body.

Currently, she is also a volunteer at Reunion Institute to promote public awareness in religion.

UPREET DHALIWALMeet Dr. Upreet Dhaliwal

The UTMB Health Institute for the Medical Humanities is pleased to welcome Upreet Dhaliwal, MS as a Visiting Scholar. Dr. Dhaliwal will be in residence from February 2019 through May 2019.

Dr. Upreet Dhaliwal, formerly Director-Professor of Ophthalmology at the University College of Medical Sciences, University of Delhi, is one of the founding members of the Medical Humanities Group in the Institution.

She is editor of the journal “Research and Humanities in Medical Education (RHiME)” which is an online-only, peer-reviewed, open-access journal, the only journal in Asia that caters specifically to the medical humanities. RHiME can be accessed at

An occasional poet, and an avid promoter of medical student-led poetry sessions, Dr Dhaliwal is keen to deepen her involvement with the humanities through the visiting scholar program at the Institute for Medical Humanities. Her work here involves an exploration of the Provider-Patient relationship through the medium of poetry.

Meet Dr. Diane B. Paul

Jan 1, 2018, 00:00 AM by Julia Essex

Diane B. Paul, PhDThe UTMB Health Institute for the Medical Humanities is pleased to welcome Diane B. Paul, PhD as a Visiting Scholar. Dr. Paul will be in residence from January 2018 through March 2018.

Diane B. Paul is Professor Emerita at the University of Massachusetts Boston and Research Associate in the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University. Since 2004, when she retired from UMass Boston, she has held visiting teaching appointments at the Center for Society and Genetics at UCLA and the Department of Medical History and Bioethics at the University of Wisconsin – Madison and research appointments at the University of British Columbia, the Harvard Medical School Program in Ethics and Health, the Vrige University Medical Center in Amsterdam, the Science and Innovation Unit at the University of Edinburgh, and the Zoology Department at the University of Otago in Dunedin, NZ.

Dr. Paul's research has primarily focused on the histories of evolution and genetics, especially in relation to eugenics and the nature-nurture debate. She has also published policy-oriented work on controversies over cousin marriage and on contemporary prenatal and neonatal genetic testing. Her books include Controlling Human Heredity: 1865 to the Present (Humanities/Random House, 1995), The Politics of Heredity: Essays on Eugenics, Biomedicine, and the Nature-Nurture Debate (SUNY Press, 1998), The PKU Paradox: A Short History of a Genetic Disease (with Jeffrey P. Brosco, MD; Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013), and, most recently, Eugenics at the Edges of Empire: New Zealand, Australia, Canada and South Africa (co-edited by John Stenhouse and Hamish G. Spencer; Palgrave Macmillan, 2017).

During her residency as a Visiting Scholar, Dr. Paul hopes to make progress on her major current project: “The Quest for Objectivity in Prenatal Genetic Care: Conundrums of the ‘Pro-Information’ Movement.”