Life and Work

“Life and Work” is a podcast-like series hosted by Nathan Carlin, PhD, as he talks with intellectuals and writers about the relationship between their personal lives and public scholarship. The inaugural interview features Tess Jones, PhD, who shares about the health humanities movement and her role in founding and shaping the field.

Episode 1: Tess Jones

Tess Jones is Associate Director of the Center for Bioethics and Humanities and Director of the Arts and Humanities in Healthcare Program at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, where she is also Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine. Jones is the editor for the Journal of Medical Humanities and lead editor for the Health Humanities Reader. She teaches health humanities and disability studies in the Schools of Medicine and Pharmacy and the Physical Therapy and Physician Assistants Programs. She developed the undergraduate Health Humanities Minor for the University of Colorado Denver, now in its sixth academic year, and the Graduate Certificate in Health Humanities and Ethics, currently in its second academic year.


Episode 2: Keith Meador
In this episode, Carlin interviews Keith Meador, MD, ThM, MPH, about his choice to practice medicine and explorations of religion and spirituality.

Keith Meador is Director of the Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society and Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry, Religion, and Health Policy at Vanderbilt University. Meador also serves as the Director of Mental Health and Chaplaincy through the VISN 6 MIRECC as part of a national initiative to foster the integration of chaplaincy services into mental health care within the Department of Veterans Affairs. He is the Director of the Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society at Vanderbilt and Professor in the Graduate Department of Religion. He is a physician and board-certified psychiatrist with training in theology and public health, having received his medical degree from the University of Louisville. Meador completed his residency in psychiatry and a fellowship in aging and human development at Duke University. His theological education led to a ThM degree at Duke Divinity School, and he received an MPH in Epidemiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.