Audio 2016/2017

The Journey of a Women’s Health Activist: A Personal Story

Byllye Y. Avery, Founder of the Black Women’s Health Imperative

November 2, 2017 (45:07 min)

byllyeaveryThroughout her life, Byllye Y. Avery has combined activism and social responsibility to develop a national forum for the exploration of the health issues of Black women. Her work with Black women sparked a movement by women of color to become involved in defining and working on health issues important to their constituencies. In this special presentation, Byllye shared her story, exploring the many influences in her life that led her to become a health activist.

This event was hosted by the Wellesley Centers for Women Committee on Diversity and Equity and co-sponsored by Africana Studies, Committee on Lectures & Cultural Events, Peace & Justice Studies, LGBTQ Services, and Women’s and Gender Studies Department at Wellelsey College.

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Black Girls Matter: Social Change Through Research, Practice, and Policy

LaShawnda Lindsay-Dennis, Ph.D

Lunchtime Seminar, November 10, 2016 (56:45 min)

BlackGirlsMatterLSSOver the past five years, the world has witnessed, in real time through social media, deaths of many Black youth and adults, often by the actions of police officers. The ensuing public outrage has led to the Black Lives Matter (BLM) Movement and ignited important discussions on race in America, but unfortunately and inadvertently, this discourse has perpetuated the historical endangered Black male narrative and largely left out the experiences of Black women and girls. In this seminar, Lindsay-Dennis utilizes a culturally relevant theoretical framework, with an understanding of womanist, Black liberation, and nationalist ideologies, to initiate discussions about how this narrative has taken shape.

LaShawnda Lindsay-Dennis, Ph.D. is a research scientist at the Wellesley Centers for Women (WCW). Over the past decade, her research has created a platform that sheds light on the social determinants, racial injustices, and cultural biases that burden the progression and viability of Black girls and women.

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Physician Incentives and Health Care Delivery in the U.S.

Erin Johnson, Ph.D.

Lunchtime Seminar, November 3, 2016 (48:55 min)

johnsonPhysicians face complex and often subjective treatment decisions, and they are expected to make decisions in their patients’ best interest. However, physicians are human and susceptible to biases. Erin Johnson, Ph.D. uses large administrative datasets to explore the factors that affect physician decision-making. In this presentation, she discussed findings from research on how physicians are affected by financial incentives, convenience concerns, and relationships with patients. The projects discussed cover decision-making in cardiac care and in childbirth, with a focus not only on treatments but also patient outcomes.

Erin Johnson, Ph.D. is a research scientist at the Wellesley Centers for Women (WCW) and a visiting lecturer in the economics department at Wellesley College. She is an applied microeconomist with a research focus on the economics of health care. Prior to joining WCW earlier this year, Johnson was an assistant professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

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Advancing Early Childhood Education Policy in the U.S.

Wendy Wagner Robeson, Ed.D. and Nancy L. Marshall, Ed.D.

Lunchtime Seminar, September 22, 2016 (54:00 min)

finalaudiosnapStudies show that the early years are important for children's growth and development, school readiness, and later life. Yet, the United States still lacks a coordinated national policy. In this program, Robeson and Marshall presented the major issues facing young children and their families, discussed their research at local, state, and national levels, and made recommendations for families, educators, and policymakers interested in advancing early childhood education policy.

Wendy Wagner Robeson, Ed.D., is a senior research scientist on the Work, Families, & Children Team (WFCT) at WCW, where she studies child development, early child care, early education, and school readiness. WFCT is led by Nancy L. Marshall, Ed.D., a senior research scientist and associate director at WCW as well as an adjunct professor at Wellesley College.

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Media Literacy & Consumption and Adolescent Development

Linda Charmaraman, Ph.D., Research Scientist

June 3, 2016 (7.09 min)

Charmaraman considers four areas around adolescent development as it relates to media literacy and media consumption in her presentation. She shares insights and recommendations for practitioners, policymakers, and corporate industry to address growing concerns related to media use and young people.

Linda Charmaraman is a Research Scientist at the Wellesley Centers for Women. Her research interests include adolescent identity and agency, primarily in the areas of social and televised media, racial/ethnic identity, sexuality, bullying, peer relations, civic engagement, and positive youth development programs emphasizing girls and underrepresented young people.

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Women in Leadership

Ineke Ceder, Research Associate

June 3, 2016 (12:49 min)

Ceder discusses research on women's leadership in nonprofit theaters and how other trends in women's leadership in elected office and on corporate boards, reflect the need for more female representation and participation. She shares ideas to incentivize the field. This podcast is a part of the multi-media series Advancing the Status of Women & Girls, Families & Communities: Policy Recommendations for the Next U.S. President.

Ineke Ceder is a Research Associate at the Wellesley Centers for Women and is a member of the research team working on the Women's Leadership in Residential Theaters project.

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The C.A.R.E. Program: Integrating Science into the Art of Therapy

Amy Banks, M.D.

Lunchtime Seminar May 19, 2016 (54:06 min)

BanksPresentation2There has been a long history of disconnection between the art of psychodynamic therapy work and the information being discovered in neuroscience research labs all around the world. This interactive lecture introduced attendees to the C.A.R.E. Program, a novel approach to healing mind, body, and relationships that integrates action and science to help people use their brains in building stronger, more rewarding relationships and healthier lives.

Amy Banks, M.D. is the Director of Advanced Training at the Jean Baker Miller Training Institute (JBMTI) and author of Four Ways to Click: Rewrite Your Brain for Stronger, More Rewarding Relationships. Banks was the first person to bring Relational-Cultural Theory together with neuroscience and is the foremost expert in the combined field. In addition to her work at JBMTI, she is the creator of the C.A.R.E. Program, has a private practice in Lexington, and was an instructor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

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Gender-based Violence Preventions and Interventions

Linda M. Williams, Ph.D., Senior Research Scientist, Justice and Gender-Based Violence Research Initiative

May 12, 2016 (13.20 min)

Williams discusses her research on intimate partner violence, sex trafficking, and gender-based violence, sharing insights and perspectives federal policymakers could consider more in the coming years.

Linda Williams is a senior research scientist and co-director of the Justice and Gender-Based Violence Research Initiative at the Wellesley Centers for Women.

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Ensuring Quality Early Care and Education for Young Children

Wendy Wagner Robeson, Ed.D., Senior Research Scientist, Work, Families, & Children Team

May 12, 2016 (9.18 min)

Robeson discusses the value and need for quality early care and education, noting the significant wage discrepancies for educators in this field compared to other educators and other professions, and sharing recommendations for ensuring a well-compensated, skilled workforce to prepare children for lifelong learning.

Wendy Wagner Robeson is a Senior Research Scientist at the Wellesley Centers for Women and her research interests include child development, early care and education, and school readiness, with a focus on policy implications

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Recommended Reading for the Next U.S. President

Amy Hoffman, M.F.A., Editor in Chief, Women’s Review of Books

May 12, 2016 (08.03 min)

Hoffman shares some of the titles and authors that were recommended by invited contributors to the Women's Review of Books, to be on the reading list of the next U.S. President. These recommendations were featured in the March/April 2016 issue of Women's Review of Books.

Amy Hoffman is editor-in-chief of the Women’s Review of Books (WRB), which is published by the Wellesley Centers for Women (WCW) at Wellesley College, in collaboration with Old City Publishing in Philadelphia, PA.

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WCW Lunchtime Seminar Series

    • Wellesley Centers for Women (WCW) scholars offer seminar and panel presentations during which they share their work with other scholars and the general public. The WCW Lunchtime Seminar Series, for example, offers residents and visitors to the Greater Boston area the opportunity to hear, in person, about work by WCW researchers and program staff. Other special events bring these researchers and program staff into communities for special presentations to the Centers' many constituents.

    • Recordings of some past lunchtime seminars and other special events may be heard by clicking on the links below. You may need to adjust the volume when playing an audio file on your computer.

    • Please note that data and background information cited in these presentations were current for the date of the presentation but should not necessarily be considered the most current research on the related issues today.

  • The Wellesley Centers for Women Lunchtime Seminar Series is made possible by support from The Cowles/Sulzberger Fund, an endowed gift to the Wellesley Centers for Women.