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. Heidi Powel-Mullins

Jan 1, 2013, 00:00 AM by Julia Essex

Heidi Powell Mullins, MEd, EdDThe UTMB Health Institute for the Medical Humanities is pleased to welcome Heidi Powell-Mullins, MEd, EdD as a Visiting Scholar. Dr. Powell-Mullins will be in residence from January 1, 2013 through December 31, 2013.

Dr. Powell-Mullins earned a Doctorate of Education in art education from the University of Houston.

Dr. Powell-Mullins has served as an Assistant Professor of Art Education at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and Eastern Washington University. In 2011 she served as a delegate to Cuba with the National Art Education Association focusing on global arts education initiatives; she was an invited scholar to the Atelier-Schaumbad in Austria ( ); and in 2010 she served as an National Endowment for the Humanities fellow in Alaska (UAS) and British Columbia (UBC). In 2009 Dr. Powell-Mullins served as a Fulbright Scholar at the Iceland Academy for the Arts-Listahaskoli Islands lecturing and pursuing creative research in interdisciplinary approaches to arts education. 

Dr. Powell-Mullins exhibits nationally and internationally and has exhibited work at the Atelier Schaumbad and remix: galerie in Graz, Austria, The Lost Horse Gallery in Reykjavik, Iceland, Salon Izidor Krsnjavi, in Zagreb, Croatia, the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation in Morrilton, Arkansas, the Arkansas Studies Institute, Little Rock, Arkansas, as well as the Seattle Trade Center in Seattle, Washington, Eastern Oregon University, and Florida International University to name a few. Her sculptural work “Voices of Our Ancestors,” is on permanent loan to the Depot Museum in Morrilton, Arkansas, and tells the story of her great, great grandmother Diodema born on the Trail of Tears. As a scholar and artist of Native American (Eastern Oklahoma Delaware-Lenni Lenape) and Norwegian descent, her scholarly work includes national and regional publications in arts education, speaks at conferences, workshops, and public forums both internationally and nationally about art making, visual storytelling, cultural identity, and her current academic scholarship here at the Institute focuses on Narrative Inquiry and Experienced-Based research methods addressing pedagogy in the medical humanities and medical education integrating the arts, which encompasses art making as curriculum, museum/medical education, art historical contexts, the anthropology of art (art cultures), and research in art practice, exploring the theoretical and practical ideas of how the arts disrupt preconceived notions in learning environments. These methodologies are by nature interdisciplinary and re-exam claims of plurality, viability, and cannon as a form of cultural positioning in the arts and arts pedagogy and practice especially when related to the medical humanities.

Dr. Powell-Mullins' creative work focuses on indigenous and isolated histories and ideas and their relationship to contemporary society as landscape.  Her art making involves a variety of mixed methods (encaustic, printmaking, ceramics, and sculpture), exploring indigenous Native American and transcultural conceptions of place and space and the feminine. These conceptions reference the intersecting points of life between and in diverse cultures, involving both the past and the present. She believes her creative scholarship becomes a present day artifact of integrated diversity, a cultural innovation of artistic expression. Foundational to her creative work is the notion of “story” which re-emphasizes the conflictual and the consensual in society, constructing and de-constructing daily identity where the personal, collective, and cultural converge. She says, “for me, art making is a way of adding original dialogue and new ideas, to artistic narratives of knowledge that demonstrate how individual truth, imagination, and experience work together.”

While in residence in the Institute, Dr. Mullins will research the confluence of arts practice in the medical humanities and medical education.