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Multicultural Approaches To Health And Wellness In America Carlos Albizu University´s professor is the senior author

Published on Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Multicultural Approaches To Health And Wellness In America Carlos Albizu University´s professor is the senior author

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July 29, 2014

Doral, Florida -
Dr. Rafael Martinez, Director of the Education, Criminal Justice and Undergraduate Psychology Programs at Carlos Albizu University - Miami Campus has published, as senior author of a chapter in the recently published (2014) two-volume book titled MULTICULTURAL APPROACHES TO HEALTH AND WELLNESS IN AMERICA.


In this unique set of books edited by Dr. Regan A. R. Gurung describing the variety of cultural approaches to health practiced by people of varying cultural heritages, the chapter SANTERIA AS A CULTURALLY HEALING PRACTICE is co-authored by Dr. Martínez, Dr. Mathew J.  Taylor, Dr. Wilma J. Carter, Ms. Jami L. Hirsch, and Ms. Cheryl K. Webster from the University of Missouri in St. Louis. 


The book describes the variety of cultural approaches to health practice and places them in stark context with traditional Western approaches to health care and medicine. Examining health practices such as Ayurveda, an ancient system of medicine that focuses on the sensing of the body organs, the mind, and the soul; and traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), the author examines why these different approaches can explain some of the cultural variations in health behaviors, differences in why people get sick, and how they cope with illness.

Dr. Rafael Martinez has written and published on the subject of Afro-American syncretistic religions in various professional journals such as the Journal of Forensic Sciences, the American Journal of Social Psychiatry, the American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology, and the Journal of the Florida Medical  Association.  Dr. Martínez started at Carlos Albizu University Miami Campus in 1996 as an adjunct faculty in the Psychology Doctoral Program and became a full time faculty member in 2011.
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