HDI Seminar Series: Disability and Stress – During a Time of Unprecedented Stress
Date: Friday, November 18, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Presenters: Robyn Lewis Brown, Ph.D., is a quantitative sociologist who specializes in the study of stress and health among women and people with disabilities. She has written extensively about differential responses to discrimination and collective trauma, including that associated with the Great Recession, the 9/11 attacks and the COVID-19 pandemic. She has published more than 50 peer-reviewed articles and chapters on these topics, and is currently supported by a Switzer Fellowship from NIDILRR to study disability-related discrimination in employment. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Kentucky, where she also serves as Director of the Health, Society, and Populations Program.
Learning Objectives: 1. Discuss disability as a dimension of social inequality, and cultural understandings of ability and disability. 2. Apply sociological and psychological theories to understanding disability-based differences in pandemic- related stressors and their mental health effects. 3. Identify current economic, political, and social challenges and needs for people with disabilities, as reflected in federal policies, programs, and resources.