Visiting Scholar Announcements

Taylor, Wendell

Meet Dr. Wendell Taylor

We are pleased to welcome Dr. Wendell C. Taylor, Visiting Scholar in the Institute for the Medical Humanities, Department of Preventive Medicine and Population Health. 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

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. Chris Hackler

Feb 1, 2001, 00:00 AM by Julia Essex

Chris Hackler, PhDThe UTMB Health Institute for the Medical Humanities is pleased to welcome Chris Hackler, PhD as a Visiting Scholar. Dr. Hackler will be in residence from February 2001 through May 2001.

Dr. Hackler comes to the Institute from the University of Arkansas College of Medicine, Division of Medical Humanities where he is studying the social implications of genetically altering the rate of human aging.

Dr. Hackler joined the faculty of the UAMS College of Medicine in 1982 as the first director of the new Division of Medical Humanities. He came from East Tennessee State University, where he chaired the Department of Philosophy and taught in the Department of Family Practice.

After graduating with High Honors from Hendrix College and studying in Germany on a Fulbright Scholarship, he earned a PhD in philosophy from the University of North Carolina. He has also completed fellowships with the Woodrow Wilson Foundation at Brown University and the National Endowment for the Humanities at Indiana University.

Dr. Hackler was active in the Society for Health and Human Values until it merged in 1998 with two other organizations to form the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH). He was elected Chair of the Association of Faculty in the Medical Humanities in 1991. He served on the governing board of the Society and edited its newsletter Of Value from 1992 to 1998. He received the Society's Distinguished Service Award in 1996.  After the merger, he served as the first editor of ASBH Exchange, a quarterly publication.

Dr. Hackler has lectured at medical schools and college campuses around the country and abroad. Beginning in 1996, he was a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow of the Council of Independent Colleges, spending a week each year in residence at participating liberal arts colleges teaching classes in various departments and meeting with faculty and student groups.

While at the Institute, Dr. Hackler plans to publish a paper establishing the importance of this topic in the medical humanities and a possible grant proposal to fund a multidisciplinary conference on the subject.