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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Preventing Depression in Young People

Tracy R. G. Gladstone, Ph.D., Associate Director & Senior Research Scientist, WCW, and Director, The Robert S. and Grace W. Stone Primary Prevention Initiatives

May 12, 2016 (8.01 min)

Gladstone shares data on the alarming rates of depression in children and adolescents, providing insight and recommendations on ways practitioners and educators, with the help of policymakers, can help identify and prevent depression in more young people.

Tracy Gladstone is the inaugural director of the Robert S. and Grace W. Stone Primary Prevention Initiatives where she develops and evaluates programs to prevent the onset of depression and other mental health concerns in children and adolescents, with a focus on at-risk families.

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Quality Out-of-School Time

Ellen Gannett, M.Ed., Director, National Institute on Out-of-School Time

May 12, 2016 (10.43 min)

Gannett recommends ways policymakers and private industry can work together to create a stronger and more well-prepared workforce to meet the increased demands being placed on the out-of-school time field in order to contribute to both social/emotional and academic success of children and youth.

Ellen S.Gannett directs the National Institute on Out-of-School Time at the Wellesley Centers for Women focused on policy research, program evaluation, training, and consultation to out-of-school time industry professionals and field.

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Who Do You Think You Are: Moving Beyond Words to Re-write Our Racial Narrative

Maureen Walker, Ph.D.

Lunchtime Seminar May 12, 2016 (52:32 min.)

WalkerLSSPresWEBWe are more alike than we are unalike – or so says the often quoted poem by Maya Angelou. Yet a substantial part of our cultural heritage is a racialized narrative that not only emphasizes our differences, but also ranks them as indicators of human worth. Such a narrative can only reproduce pervasive and chronic disconnection. In Maureen Walker’s presentation, “Who Do You Think You Are: Moving Beyond Words to Re-write Our Racial Narrative,” Maureen explored her own stories that reproduce that racial stratification. She then examined how disruptive empathy can enable us to re-write our personal narratives and contribute to a larger cultural imagination of human possibility.

Maureen Walker, Ph.D. is the Director of Program Development for the Jean Baker Miller Training Institute, and an associate director in the MBA program at Harvard Business School. She is also a licensed psychologist with an independent practice in psychotherapy, career coaching, as well as organizational and leadership consultation.

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"We Talked About Sex," "No We Didn't:" Teen-Parent Match in Reports of Sexuality Communication

Jennifer Grossman, Ph.D., Prioty Sarwar

Lunchtime Seminar May 5, 2016 (31:49 min.)

5 5 LSS Sarwar Grossman2For both teens and parents, talking about sex can be uncomfortable, but often teens and parents disagree about whether or not they have talked about sex at all. Do these disagreements point to differences in how teens experience these talks? In this presentation, Grossman and Sarwar explored this question using qualitative data from a racially and ethnically diverse sample of 29 seventh grade students and their parents to rate teen/parent agreement about whether they have discussed sexual topics like dating and protection methods. They then compared how teens with low, medium, and high agreement with their parents perceive these conversations, focusing on teens’ comfort in talking with their parents about sex, their opinions about their parents’ rules and guidelines for dating and sex, and their understanding of their parents’ perspectives on sexual issues.

Jennifer Grossman, Ph.D. is a research scientist at WCW focusing on adolescent development as it relates to sexual health and risk-taking, with an emphasis on family communication about sex and relationships as well as on racial and ethnic identity. She was the lead author for a recently published study on Get Real, Planned Parenthood’s comprehensive middle school sex education program, which was found to be effective in delaying sex for boys and girls. Grossman is currently the principal investigator on two grants from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development that investigate how teens and their families talk about sex and relationships. Prioty Sarwar, Wellesley College class of 2016, is a student research intern at WCW working for Dr. Grossman.

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Dot and Ralfie - A Reading from a Novel in Progress

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

Lunchtime Seminar April 21, 2016 (25:26 min.)

4 21 LSS Amy HoffmanIn her April 21, 2016 lunchtime seminar, Amy Hoffman, M.F.A. read selections from her novel in progress Dot and Ralfie, which centers on a lesbian couple in their late sixties, who are facing some of the dilemmas of aging. When the book opens, Ralfie is recovering from a complicated knee replacement. Since her job requires strength and mobility – she works for the Department of Public Works – her knee problem threatens to force her into retirement. She and Dot may also have to consider moving, since they live in a third-floor walkup. They’re figuring out what these kinds of changes mean for their relationship to each other, to their families, and to their lesbian community.

Amy Hoffman, M.F.A. is editor-in-chief of the Women’s Review of Books (WRB), which is published by the Wellesley Centers for Women in collaboration with Old City Publishing in Philadelphia. She is a member of the creative nonfiction faculty at Pine Manor College's MFA program. A writer and community activist, she has been an editor at Gay Community News (GCN), South End Press, and the Unitarian Universalist World magazine. Hoffman is the author of three memoirs—Lies about My Family; An Army of Ex-Lovers: My Life at the Gay Community News; and Hospital Time.

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Mind the Gap: The State of Child Welfare in Massachusetts

Joan Wallace-Benjamin, Ph.D., President and CEO of The Home for Little Wanderers

Lunchtime Seminar April 14, 2016 (33:41 min.)

Joan horizontal web“Mind the Gap” is a well-known cautionary phrase from the London Underground, but it also offers an excellent picture of our child welfare system. In Massachusetts and across the U.S., the child welfare system is doing just that – minding the gap – argues Joan Wallace-Benjamin, Ph.D. In the presentation, Wallace-Benjamin, President and CEO of The Home for Little Wanderers, discussed the work of the child welfare system in Massachusetts, how it has changed over the 13 years she has been at The Home, and what responsibility the taxpayers of Massachusetts bear for the system in place and the services it provides.

Joan Wallace-Benjamin is an alumna of Wellesley College and serves on the Council of Advisors for the Wellesley Centers for Women. As President and CEO for The Home for Little Wanderers, she has directed the organization to a place of prominence in the field of child and family service providers. The Home is a leader in innovative programming for underserved populations, providing vital services for every stage of child and family development.

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Health Care as a Community Good: Implications for Health Policy and Justice Theory

Charlene Galarneau, Ph.D.

Lunchtime Seminar April 7, 2016 (28:54 min.)

4 7 LSS 2to1To say that health care is a community benefit and not simply an individual or national benefit, is to acknowledge that communities are critical moral actors in determining just and fair health care, argues Charlene Galarneau, Ph.D., in her forthcoming book, Communities of Health Care Justice (Rutgers University Press, 2016). Communities – for example, communities of color, of women, queer communities, local communities, and professional communities – are involved in the social production of health, illness, and health/sick care. Achieving community justice in health care means respecting multiple and diverse understandings of health and health care within the context of inclusivity, whole person care, and effective voice. Notably, expressions of community justice, though fragile, do exist in current U.S. health policy.

Charlene A. Galarneau, Ph.D. is a member of the WCW Council of Advisors and Assistant Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at Wellesley College, where she has taught since 2005. Galarneau teaches courses in feminist bioethics, gender justice and health policy, women and health, global health, and U.S. public health. Her research focuses on the ethics of health and health care, and in particular, theories of justice related to gender, race, class, and other social structures.

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Integrating Mindfulness into Social and Emotional Learning

Nancy MacKay, B.A.; Jim Strouse, M.A.; and Jen Dirga, M.S.W.

Lunchtime Seminar March 31,2016 (39:32 min.)

3 31 Presenters2“Mindfulness” has become an increasingly popular term, especially when it comes to education. But what is it, and what does it look like in the classroom? In the seminar, the presenters answered these questions, sharing findings from a pilot to integrate mindfulness practices into Open Circle’s social and emotional learning (SEL) professional development and curriculum. Through the pilot, 27 teachers participated in a four-day SEL training program that reviewed the definition of mindfulness, the rationale for incorporating it in education, and specific practices for educators and their students. The research findings presented showed the extent to which educators implemented these mindfulness practices, as well as its impact. The interactive presentation also included demonstration and instruction of a few mindfulness practices introduced through the pilot.

As Open Circle Co-Director, Nancy Mackay, B.A. brings years of experience as an elementary teacher and a passion for making a difference in children’s lives to her work. Before joining Open Circle, MacKay was principal owner of Baker-MacKay Associates – a training and consulting firm for non-profits. Jim Strouse, M.A. and Jen Dirga, M.S.W. are Program Managers at Open Circle. Both Strouse and Dirga bring years of experience in public schools and higher education to their work with Open Circle.

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