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. Terence Wright

May 1, 2012, 00:00 AM by Julia Essex

Terence Wright, PhDThe UTMB Health Institute for the Medical Humanities is pleased to welcome Terence Wright, PhD as a Visiting Scholar. Dr. Wright will be in residence from May 1, 2012 through July 31, 2012.

Dr. Wright earned a Master of in Fine Art from Chelsea School of Art; a Master of Arts in Ethnology, University of Oxford and a Doctorate from the University London (1986) for his work on photography and visual perception.

Dr. Wright is Professor of Visual Arts at the University of Ulster, Northern Ireland where he is Course Director for the MFA Photography program. He is a Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute; board member of the Anthropological Association of Ireland; and affiliated member/visiting researcher at DIGIS (Digital Studio for Research in Design, Visualisation & Communication), University of Cambridge. 

Dr. Wright worked as a freelance photographer for BBC News and Current Affairs, programs such as That’s Life, Rough Justice and Crimewatch, as well as editorial photography forCosmopolitan, Company and New Scientist.  Among his assignments for the BBC he covered the Libyan People’s Bureau siege in London and the Iranian Airline hijack in Paris in 1984.  In 1998 he returned to Oxford University to establish the research project  ‘Moving Images – the Media Representation of Refugees’ at the university’s Refugee Studies Centre. He was also a Visiting Professor at Kunsthøgskolen i Bergen (Bergen Academy of Art) in Norway (2001-3). In 2003 he joined the University of Ulster where he produced and directed The Interactive Village (2004-7): a digital ethnography of Dolní Roveň a village in Eastern Bohemia, Czech Republic in collaboration with anthropologists from the University of Pardubice as part of ‘NM2’ (New Millennium, New Media EU-funded research project: He also produced a FUSION cross-border creative & digital media economic development project forming part of the Northern Ireland Peace Process. The project developed prototype pilot demonstrators providing interactive mobile media guides to Irish history with the overall aim of enabling visitors to access multi-perspective, contested or contradictory histories as well as myth, legend and conjecture. In 2008 he held a Visiting Research Fellowship at CRASSH (Centre for Arts, Social Sciences & Humanities) at the University of Cambridge.

Publications include: The Photography Handbook (2nd ed). London: Taylor & Francis, 2004; Visual Impact: culture and the meaning of Images. Oxford: Berg, 2008;  ‘Drawn from Memory: reminiscing, narrative and the visual image’ International Journal Computers in Healthcare, 2010; ‘Photography and Visual Rhetoric’ in The SAGE Handbook of Visual Research Methods. London: Sage, 2011; “Visual Culture, Ethnography and Interactive Media” in A Companion to the Anthropology of Europe. Oxford: Blackwell, 2012.

Dr. Wright's current research project “The Memory Game” is a visual media iPad-based system for reminiscing, supporting memories of people with dementia. During his visit to IMH he will be working in this area of study conducting further research into the theoretical dimensions of reminiscing and memory.