Helen Valier

Helen Valier, Ph.D. is the director of the health humanities program at the Honors College at the University of Houston, and adjunct professor in the Department of Health Systems and Population Science in the College of Medicine. Born and raised in the UK, she holds an undergraduate degree in biological sciences from the University of Cambridge, as well as graduate degrees in the history and philosophy of science, technology, and medicine from the University of Manchester, where she completed her PhD in 2002. Winner of several teaching awards, she has taught extensively on the history of health and disease in both the UK and the US. She is also an active researcher and writer and was the recipient of the 2018 McGovern Award for Excellence in Biomedical Communication, given by the American Medical Writers Association (AMWA), Southwest Chapter, for her recent book, Cancer, Men, and Medicine: A History of Prostate Cancer (Palgrave, 2016). Dr Valier is also a frequent contributor to local public media, with appearances including KUHF’s, Houston Matters, and PBS Channel 8, Manor of Speaking.

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