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Dodd to discuss effects of infertility on women in ‘Women on Wednesdays’ talk

Contributed • Nov 30, 2018 at 5:05 PM

“Infertility Finds All the Weak Spots: Effects of Infertility on Women’s Mental, Physical and Relational Functioning” is the topic Dr. Julia Dodd will address in East Tennessee State University’s “Women on Wednesdays” Lecture Series on Dec. 5 at noon at the Reece Museum.

This free public lecture is the last talk of the fall semester in the “Women on Wednesdays” series, sponsored by the ETSU Women’s Studies Program.

Dodd will discuss the different effects experiencing infertility has on women’s mental, physical and relationship functioning as shown in results from a recent international, mixed-method study. Previous literature documented a variety of negative reactions that women and couples may have as a result of going through the experience of infertility, although this literature is often mixed. Dodd will present both quantitative and qualitative data, and also discuss directions for further research.

Dodd, an assistant professor in the ETSU Department of Psychology, obtained her Ph.D. in clinical health psychology from East Carolina University in 2016. In addition to carrying a full teaching load and active research agenda, she sees patients in integrated primary care at ETSU Family Medicine Associates and supervises doctoral clinical psychology students in the ETSU Behavioral Health and Wellness Clinic.

Dodd’s research interests include trauma, sexual and reproductive health and health disparities. She is specifically interested in how these areas overlap and influence one another.

The “Women on Wednesdays” series is designed to raise awareness about the research, scholarship and community engagement conducted by women at ETSU; to provide a venue where women on campus and in the community can discuss and support each other’s work; and to give students an opportunity to meet faculty who could become mentors for their studies.

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