Dr. Barbara Hansen, assistant professor of sociology, presented research at two international conferences this summer.
In mid-June, she presented a 25-minute talk based on her original research study on weight-loss surgery stigma. The paper was presented at an international sociology conference focusing on obesity stigma, the 6th Annual Weight Stigma Conference at Leeds Beckett University in Leeds, England.
Hansen had the opportunity to meet other health stigma researchers, including faculty from Stanford, Brown, and University of California-San Diego.
“This was their first time to hear of Henderson State University,” Hansen said.
In mid-July, Hansen presented at a round table on health and medical sociology focused on her research in affiliate stigma and caregiver burden in intractable epilepsy. This research was presented at the ISA World Congress if Sociology in Toronto, Ontario.
The international sociology conference is held once every four years and showcases sociological research from around the world. In addition to being accepted for presentations at these prestigious conferences, Hansen’s exceptional research has also been recognized by the American Sociological Association. Her dissertation has been nominated for best dissertation from original research in mental health.