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 Ms. Carroll Blue

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

    Carroll Parrott Blue, MFAThe UTMB Health Institute for the Medical Humanities is pleased to welcome Carroll Parrot Blue, MFA as a Visiting Scholar. Ms. Blue will be in residence from May 2001 through June 2001.

    Ms. Blue teaches at the San Diego State University School of Communication. She is an artist who has produced, directed, and written many short and documentary films.

    While at the Institute, Ms. Blue will be working on "Grief Recycled: An Exploration into Death's Impact and the Subsequent Healing of Grief."

  • Meet Dr. Chris Hackler

    February 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.

  • Meet Dr. Eunice Pollack

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

    The UTMB Health Institute for the Medical Humanities is pleased to welcome Eunice Pollack, PhD as a Visiting Scholar. Dr. Pollack will be in residence from January 2001 through April 2001.

    Dr. Pollack earned her Doctorate in American History from Columbia University in 1999 and is working on turning her dissertation into a book.

    While at the Institute, Dr. Pollack will work on this book, "Haunted Households: Angst, Anger, and Eros in American Working-Class and Lower Middle-Class Families, 1900-1970," which explores the psychodynamics of American working-class and lower-middle-class families in the twentieth century.

  • Meet Dr. Julie Reichert

    December 1, 1999, 00:00 AM by Julia Essex

    Julie Reichert, PhDThe UTMB Health Institute for the Medical Humanities is pleased to welcome Julie Reichert, PhD as a Visiting Scholar. Dr. Reichert will be in residence from December 1999 through April 2000.

    Dr. Reichert is a two-time Academy Award Nominee for Best Feature Documentary for Seeing Red and Union Maids. These films and two others, Growing Up Femaleand Methadone - An American Way Of Dealing, all screened nationally in the U.S. on PBS. Reichert wrote, produced and directed the feature film Emma & Elvis(which screened at numerous international film festivals), and produced (with Steven Bognar) The Dream Catcher, a feature film directed by Ed Radtke. The Dream Catcher has screened in over 20 international film festivals, won numerous awards and is seen on the Sundance Channel.

    Parallel to her filmmaking career, Dr. Reichert has worked for years building the independent film community. Filmmaker Magazine recently named her one of the godmothers of American Independent film. On a national level, Reichert co-founded New Day Films, a distribution co-operative for independent films, and The Film Fund, a foundation that supported the making of social issue media, and which led to the creation of the Independent Feature Project. Reichert is also Professor of Motion Pictures at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio.

    Dr. Reichert has written for the Independent Film & Video Monthly, authored the classic Doing It Yourself, A Handbook on Independent Film Distribution, and a chapter of With Both Eyes Open, Seeing Beyond Gender, edited by Johnson and Kalvern.

    Dr. Reichert's work has received funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ohio Arts Council, the American Film Institute, ITVS and several corporations. She has received a Fulbright Fellowship and with Steven Bognar is a Rockefeller Foundation Fellow, and has received support from the Ohio Arts Council and the MacDowell Colony.

    While at the Institute, Dr. Reichert will be teaching a course in the graduate program on Creativity, Meaning, and the End of Life. As a published writer and teacher of creative writing, Dr. Reichert feels strongly that "it is important for the medical community to recognize and support ill and dying people as whole persons rather than as cases or diagnoses."

  • Meet Dr. Monica Maillet

    September 1, 1999, 00:00 AM by Julia Essex

    The UTMB Health Institute for the Medical Humanities is pleased to welcome Monica Maillet, PhD as a Visiting Scholar. Dr. Maillet will be in residence from September 1999 through December 1999.

    While at the Institute, Dr. Maillet will be working on "Nearing the End of Life Through Performance". She will also present a workshop on "Medicine, Metaphor, and MacBeth" that will look at the subtle ways in which values about health, illness, and the body can often be articulated in cultural texts.

  • Meet Dr. Leigh Turner

    September 1, 1999, 00:00 AM by Julia Essex

    Leigh Turner, PhDThe UTMB Health Institute for the Medical Humanities is pleased to welcome Leigh Turner, PhD as a Visiting Scholar. Dr. Turner will be in residence from September 1999 through December 1999.

    Dr. Turner is an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics and clinical ethicist at Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care and Sunnybrook & Women’s College Health Sciences Centre. From 1996-1997 he was a Research Associate at The Hastings Center.

    Dr. Turner earned a Doctorate from the University of Southern California School of Religion and Social Ethics in 1996. His doctoral dissertation explored ethical issues and health policy challenges in multicultural societies.

    While at the Institute, Dr. Turner plans to research "Cultural Diversity, Practical Moral Reasoning, and the Care of the Dying."