UMBC's Social Sciences Forum presents the 2021 Distinguished Lecture in Psychology, featuring Gail Elizabeth Wyatt, Professor of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, University of California, Los Angeles, who will speak on “Getting in Your Pants: Confronting the Lasting Effects of Racism, Sexism, and the Historical Void in HIV Research and Treatment.”
The presentation will demonstrate how old myths and assumptions about behavior can derail prevention efforts to reduce the rates of HIV/AIDS, Sexually Transmitted Infections and unplanned pregnancies, especially in people of color. Based on over four decades of NIH funded research, Wyatt will discuss strategies that should be adapted to create prevention programs that are culturally congruent, women-centered, and realistic, as well as reasons why changes in policies meet with such resistance.
Wyatt is a clinical psychologist, sex therapist and professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at UCLA. She was the first person of color to receive an NIMH Research Scientist Career Development Awardee for 17 years. She has conducted national and international research since 1980, funded by the National Institutes of Mental Health, the National Institute of Drug Abuse, state and private foundations.
This event is free and open to the public, and will be recorded. Following the event, the recording will be available with closed captioning on CS3’s YouTube channel.