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. Richard Armstrong

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

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

Dr. Armstrong earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Chicago, and a Master of Philosophy and a Doctorate from Yale University.

Dr. Armstrong is an Associate Professor of Classical Studies at the University of Houston Honors College.His particular field is the reception of classical culture, with a special focus on its role in the development of psychoanalysis.

His publications include: A Compulsion for Antiquity: Freud and the Ancient World (Cornell UP, 2005); “The Schliemann of the Mind: Sigmund Freud and Archaeology”; “Urorte und Urszenen. Freud und die Figuren der Archäologie”;  “Last Words: Said, Freud, and Traveling Theory”; “Being Mr. Somebody: Freud and Classical Education”; “Marooned Mandarins: Freud, Classical Education, and the Jews of Vienna”; “Quid Berolinum Vindobonae? Die Antike und das Freudsche Netzwerk”; “Psychoanalysis and the Wellsprings of Myth”;  and “Freud and the Drama of Oedipal Truth.” 

Dr. Armstrong is co-editor with Paul Allen Miller of the Ohio State University Press series Ancient Memories / Modern Identities and a contributing editor of American Imago.  He is also a contributor to Engines of Our Ingenuity on KUHF.