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. Charles McClelland

Sep 1, 2010, 00:00 AM by Julia Essex

Charles McClelland, PhDThe UTMB Health Institute for the Medical Humanities is pleased to welcome Charles McClelland, PhD as a Visiting Scholar. Dr. McClelland will be in residence from September 2010 through April 2011.

Dr. McClelland comes to the Institute as a continuation of his extensive research interests. Since becoming Professor Emeritus (History) at the University of New Mexico (UNM), during the last decade he served as a Fellow of the Fulbright program and then of the German Alexander-von-Humboldt Foundation in Berlin. He has also been a Fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities and the (Princeton) Institute for Advanced Study. He was a cofounder of the German Studies Association of the United States, Director of European Studies at UNM and President of the American Association of University Professors in New Mexico for many years, among other professional activities.

Having grown up in Galveston, Dr. McClelland went on to earn his bachelor's degree from Princeton and his doctorate from Yale before teaching history at Princeton, the University of Pennsylvania, UNM and the (Humboldt) University of Berlin. He speaks and reads 12 modern languages and has traveled extensively in Latin America and Europe

.Published by major American and European academic presses and journals, Dr. McClelland's numerous books and articles have often pursued questions about the sociology of knowledge: how do scientists, scholars and other modern professional leaders know what they claim they know? Much of his work has focused on the rise of “professional” and “expert” knowledge in modern European and North American societies. His books include the (now classic) study of the rise of the modern German university system (a leading model for America), as well as a unique study of the professionalization struggles of German and other European artists in the past two centuries. His contribution to the massive bicentennial history of the University of Berlin is appearing along with five companion volumes during 2010-11.;

Dr. McClelland will bring his experience with European universities, medical schools and museums to bear as a member of the task force designing a medical-history museum in UTMB's original (1891) Ashbel Smith Building, “Old Red.” He will also lead an advanced seminar (Spring 2011) on the comparative history of medical professionalization and ethics in the Institute for the Medical Humanities. He is looking forward to interacting with members of the IMH faculty and with graduate students and his fellow visiting scholars.