Health and Illness
Whether health is regarded as a value in itself, or an instrument which aids greater human productivity, the tendency to ignore, conceal or minimise painful truths concerning threats to human health presents a complex problem in need of inter-disciplinary responses. The Health and Illness collection of research streams aim to provide a platform for examining and exploring issues surrounding the ways people experience health issues directly and indirectly, on a personal or professional basis. The impact of health, its presence and its absence, and how human beings regard and engage with it is complex and multi-layered.
Key themes will explore:
~The ‘meanings’ of health, illness, dying and death for individuals and communities
~ Perceptions of the ‘well’, the ‘ill’, the ‘impaired’ and the disabled
~ The preoccupation with health in the 21st century
~ The threat of global pandemics
~ The business of ‘wellness’, ‘cures’ and ‘treatments’
~ Chronic illness; terminal illness; attitudes to death
~ Pain; chronic pain; suffering
~ How we perceive of and conduct ourselves through the experiences of health and illness
~ The impact of social media
~ Technology, health, dying and death
~ The impact of health, illness, disease, dying and death on biology, economics, government, medicine, politics, social sciences
~ The relationship between creative work and health, illness, dying and death
Nate Hinerman, PhD
Associate Professor and Chair of Undergraduate Psychology at Golden Gate University in San Francisco, CA. He also teaches at the University of San Francisco both in Nursing and Religious Studies, and at San Francisco State University in the Gerontology program.
As a philosopher, his research is rather interdisciplinary, and often intermingles existential and psychological approaches to enduring topics such as death, dying, and human suffering. He serves as Chair the San Francisco Bay Area End of Life Coalition, a community group for those seeking support, education, and/or networking around hospice and palliative care issues, now in its 18th year. He is also a psychotherapist, helping clients transition amidst loss.