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Rural Appalachia seminar visiting faculty member, April 15 & 17

Nat Kendall-Taylor, Ph.D., will speak with the Child, Family, and Community Development in Rural Appalachia seminar about The Science of CommunicationFraming Science for Social Change on Monday and Wednesday, April 15 and 17.

Kendall-Taylor is the Director of Research at the FrameWorks Institute, established in 1999 to change the public conversation about social problems by identifying, translating, and modeling relevant scholarly research.

He employs social science theory and research methods from anthropology to improve the ability of public policy to positively influence health and social issues. This involves studying how cognitive theory can be applied in understanding how people interpret information and make meaning of their social worlds. His past research has focused on child and family health and in understanding the social and cultural factors that create health disparities and affect decision-making.

As a medical anthropologist, Kendall-Taylor has conducted fieldwork on the coast of Kenya studying pediatric epilepsy and the impacts of chronic illness on family well-being. He has also applied social science methods in research in Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan and has conducted ethnographic research on motivation in “extreme” athletes.

Kendall-Taylor has a B.A. from Emory University and master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Kendall-Taylor will speak on Framing Social Issues:  Using the science of understanding to build policy support at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 16 in Blackman Auditorium (Woods Laboratories).

Psychology 430: Child, Family, and Community Development in Rural Appalachia is a new Spring 2013 course being taught collaboratively by Sewanee- and Yale-affiliated faculty and guest speakers. It is the latest development in a growing partnership between Sewanee and the Yale Child Study Center, Yale Medical School. Among the Center faculty is Linda Mayes, M.D. … Sewanee alumna … Arnold Gesell Professor of Child Psychiatry, Pediatrics, and Psychology at the Yale Child Study Center, Yale School of Medicine … and Distinguished Visiting Professor of Psychology at Sewanee.

For many years, Dr. Mayes has offered summer internships to Sewanee students. More recently, she initiated the Sewanee-At-Yale Directed Research Program that affords Sewanee students the opportunity to spend a semester plus a summer at the Yale Child Study Center. This new course venture will offer students the combined expertise and energy of Sewanee faculty and visiting Yale-affiliated faculty and guest speakers. In addition to leading one or more course sessions, most of the visiting faculty and guest speakers will give a more public presentation open to the general community and have the opportunity to interact with various members of the Sewanee faculty and the broader community during their time in Sewanee. Thus, the course will also help to foster community-based collaborations among Sewanee and Yale faculty, University students, and local community organizations and partners.