Michele Goldzieher Shedlin, PhD, Professor, NYU College of Nursing, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to research and lecture in Hungary at the University of Szeged of during the 2012-13 academic year.
Tom Healy, the chair of the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FSB) announced that Shedlin had been approved for selection for a Fulbright award to Hungary. Shedlin’s announcement came on behalf of the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FSB), the Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Department of State (ECA), and the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES).
Shedlin, a medical anthropologist comes from a long line of Hungarian physicians and scientists. She will be collaborating with dental and medical colleagues and students at the University of Szeged, one of Hungary's most distinguished universities, and among the most prominent higher education institutions in Central Europe. Shedlin will be teaching and advising on qualitative research methods, which are often given little attention in many medical institutions internationally.
“I am grateful and proud to have been selected as a Fulbright Scholar, to be able to represent my University and to continue generations of family tradition of scientific contributions in Hungary,” said Shedlin. “This opportunity for international and interdisciplinary collaboration also represents an important direction of our College of Nursing.”
Shedlin also plans to contribute to the University of Szeged’s grantsmanship with the development of competitive research applications that would combine the interests of dentistry and medicine. Shedlin, who is experienced with the process for applications to the National Institutes of Health in the US (NIDA, NICHD), has had a number of NIH grants and serves on many NIH study sections (reviews of applications). Her research has explored the strengths and vulnerabilities of marginalized communities and health disparities and she believes she could bring expertise on these issues.
Additional biographical information: Shedlin formerly held the Charles H. and Shirley T. Leavell Endowed Chair in Nursing & Health Sciences at the University of Texas at El Paso where she was also Professor, Department of Sociology & Anthropology and Co-Director, of the NIH Hispanic Health Disparities Research Center. A medical anthropologist with extensive experience in reproductive health, substance abuse and HIV/AIDS research internationally and in the U.S., she has designed and implemented behavioral studies and qualitative research training at the community, university and national levels, to inform and evaluate prevention and care.
Shedlin is currently finishing NIH-funded research on HIV risk for Colombian refugees in Ecuador and ARV adherence among US-Mexico border populations. She continues to develop research on acculturation and the health vulnerabilities of new immigrant groups. She maintains adjunct faculty appointments at Columbia University, the University of Texas at El Paso, and the University of Connecticut. She serves on a number of NIH study sections, and is a reviewer for various public health journals. Her recent papers and publications report results of research on the cultural factors influencing reproductive health, health disparities. and immigrant health.
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About the Fulbright Scholar Program:
The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to “increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.” With this goal as a starting point, the Fulbright Program has provided almost 310,000 participants—chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential — with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.