USC Research Conference 2024
Embark on a journey of intellectual exploration at the University of the Southern Caribbean's (USC) groundbreaking Research Conference, slated for March 7-8, 2024, at the USC Auditorium, Maracas, St. Joseph, Trinidad.
The conference’s theme, “Scientific Contribution of Spirituality/Religion on Health & Well-Being” delves into the realms of cutting-edge research as we explore the dynamic relationship between spirituality, religion, and their scientific implications on health and well-being. Uncover the transformative power of these factors and their role in shaping a holistic understanding of human flourishing.
Join us as we examine the profound link between forgiveness and health, viewed through the lens of human flourishing; the intricate connections between emotional well-being, spiritual resilience, and the pursuit of a healthier, more fulfilling life.
Renowned and distinguished USC alumnus, Dr. David R. Williams, Chair of the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the prestigious Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, will grace our conference as the featured speaker. With a wealth of expertise, Dr. Williams will illuminate the intersection of spirituality, religion, and their profound impact on health and well-being.
Dr. David R. Williams, Chair of the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Dr. David R. Williams, Florence and Laura Norman Professor of Public Health at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, is our distinguished featured speaker for the USC Research Conference 2024. A renowned scholar in social influences on health, Dr. Williams, a graduate of the University of the Southern Caribbean, has held faculty positions at Harvard University, Yale University, and the University of Michigan.
Internationally recognized for his groundbreaking research, he has authored over 500 scientific papers, significantly contributing to our understanding of race, socioeconomic status, stress, racism, health behavior, and religious involvement's impact on health. The Everyday Discrimination Scale, developed by Dr. Williams, is widely used in health studies.
Honored for his impactful contributions, he is the second Adventist elected to the National Academy of Medicine and the first to the National Academy of Sciences. Acknowledged as the Most Cited Black Scholar in the Social Sciences globally, Dr. Williams has been actively engaged in health policy development, serving on Presidential advisory panels and playing a crucial role in initiatives for a healthier America.
His research, featured by leading news organizations, includes a TED Talk with over 1.8 million views, translated into 22 languages. Beyond academia, Dr. Williams passionately serves the Seventh-day Adventist Church, contributing as a teacher, literature evangelist, and public health educator. Currently serving on the boards of Oakwood University and Andrews University, he has been an Associate Director of Health Ministries at the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists since 2014. Married to Opal Reid, they are blessed with three daughters, a granddaughter, and a grandson.