Health & Wellbeing Panel Qualitative Methods with Dr. Patricia Rodriguez Espinosa & Charles Varner.

March 04, 2022

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Join Stanford’s Qualitative Data Librarian, Alesia Montgomery as she leads a discussion on methods and collaboration with Stanford researchers about their recent projects on Health & Wellbeing: reflections & lessons for qualitative research collaborations across language and culture with Dr. Espinosa (Stanford Medicine) and The American Voices Project with Charles Varner (Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality). 

Dr. Patricia Rodriguez Espinosa will reflect on lessons for qualitative research collaborations across language and culture, noting that qualitative scholars are increasingly engaged in global research where members of the research team are from different countries and cultures and have different primary languages. However, in-depth descriptions of how to rigorously work as a transnational team are scarce. Using a collaboration between Stanford and Chulalongkorn University in Thailand as a case example, the following presentation will showcase nuances and challenges experienced in this research collaboration, and the strategies employed to optimize the validity and reliability of the study findings. 

Charles Varner of the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality will speak about the use of qualitative methods in the research by the American Voices Project. The American Voices Project (AVP) relies on immersive interviews to deliver a comprehensive portrait of life across the country. The interview protocol blends qualitative, survey, administrative, and experimental approaches to collecting data on such topics as family, living situations, community, health, emotional well-being, living costs, and income.

Panelist & Moderator Bios:

Dr. Patricia Rodriguez Espinosa is an instructor in the Department of Epidemiology and Population Health and the Associate Director of Research for the Office of Community Engagement at Stanford University School of Medicine. The ultimate goal of her research is to decrease health inequities among racial/ethnic minority populations through transdisciplinary and community-engaged scholarship. Her research aims to understand factors that create and maintain health inequities and use these insights to develop novel multi-level interventions and health promotion programs to address the inequity gap and that include multi-sectoral collaborations. Dr. Rodriguez Espinosa’s research has also centered around developing the science of community-based participatory research, citizen science, and other participatory research approaches.

Charles Varner, Associate Director of the Center on Poverty and Inequality, leads the CPI’s research, training, and administrative data programs and is senior editor of Pathways Magazine. Author of influential tax-return studies of “millionaire migration,” he is a scholar of the demographic, social, and political sources of poverty and inequality.

Alesia Montgomery is the liaison for the Sociology and Psychology Departments. She consults and collaborates with qualitative researchers campus-wide (see her topic guide on qualitative research). Montgomery is also an urban ethnographer, and teaches in Stanford’s Urban Studies Program. Her recent book is Greening the Black Urban Regime: The Culture and Commerce of Sustainability in Detroit.