Diverse Voices Virtual Talk: COVID-19 and Women

Date and Time

– July 28, 2022, 03:00 PM EDT

Virtual only.


Event Information

ORWH’s new quarterly lecture series, titled “Diverse Voices: Intersectionality and the Health of Women,” will amplify research that incorporates an intersectional framework and addresses the breadth of topics relevant to the health of women. The July 28, 2022, session of “Diverse Voices: Intersectionality and the Health of Women” will focus on COVID-19 and women, featuring presentations from Heather Shattuck-Heidorn, Ph.D., of the University of Southern Maine and Stephaun Wallace, Ph.D., M.S., M.O.L., of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

Dr. Shattuck-Heidorn will offer an account of intersectionality as live theory and practice in feminist science and technology studies and research. Her account is grounded in the experiences the GenderSci Lab had during its published analysis of racial and sex disparities in COVID-19 mortality. Dr. Wallace will discuss the efforts and strategies involved to ensure diverse enrollment in COVID-19 vaccine trials conducted by the COVID-19 Prevention Network.




2:00 p.m.WelcomeElizabeth Barr, Ph.D.
Social and Behavioral Scientist Administrator, NIH Office of Research on Women's Health (ORWH)
2:03 p.m.Session OverviewSarah Temkin, M.D.
Associate Director for Clinical Research, ORWH 
2:07 p.m. Speaker IntroductionsMiya Whitaker, Psy.D., M.A. 
Health Scientist Administrator, ORWH 
2:10 p.m.Intersectionality as Live Theory and Practice in the Biomedical SciencesHeather Shattuck-Heidorn, Ph.D.
University of Southern Maine
GenderSci Lab
2:30 p.m.Importance of Community Engagement in COVID-19 Vaccine ResearchStephaun Wallace, Ph.D., M.S., M.O.L.
COVID-19 Prevention Network
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
2:50 p.m.Q & A session

Shilpa Amin, M.D., FAAFP
Physician, ORWH

2:58 p.m.ClosingJanine Clayton, M.D., FARVO
NIH Associate Director for Research on Women’s Health
Director, ORWH




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Heather Shattuck-Heidorn, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor Women and Gender Studies, University of Southern Maine
Co-Founder and Assistant Director of the Harvard GenderSciLab

Dr. Heather Shattuck-Heidorn is a scholar working at the intersections of public health, gender theory, and human biology. She is an Assistant Professor of Women and Gender Studies at the University of Southern Maine and a co-founder and Assistant Director of the Harvard GenderSci Lab.

She uses feminist theory to motivate hypothesis-based research examining how our social lives become embodied and reflected in our hormones, immune function, and other biology. Her current projects include investigations of how gender, from an intersectional perspective, relates to stress and immune function, critical science and technology studies (STS) work on the operationalization and theorization of gender and sex in the biomedical sciences, and an ongoing project examining gender and sex inequities in COVID-19 outcomes. 

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Stephaun Elite Wallace, Ph.D., M.S., M.O.L.
Director of External Relations, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Dr. Stephaun E. Wallace is a research epidemiologist and a public health and business consultant. He has more than two decades of experience in public health, human services (specifically with HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases), and social justice efforts. Dr. Wallace also has more than a decade of experience conducting public health research globally.

He is the Director of External Relations for the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center–based COVID-19 Prevention Network (CoVPN) and HIV Vaccine Trials Network, a Staff Scientist in the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Division at Fred Hutch, a Clinical Assistant Professor in Global Health at the University of Washington (UW), and Director of the Office of Community Engagement in the UW/Fred Hutch Center for AIDS Research. Dr. Wallace, a U.S. Army veteran, has earned master’s degrees in management and organizational leadership and a Ph.D. in public health epidemiology. Dr. Wallace holds membership in and serves on the boards of numerous regional, national, and international organizations.