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Barbara Wallace

Barbara Wallace is Professor of Health Education at Teachers College and Founding Co-Director of the College's Center for Health Equity and Urban Science Education (CHEUSE) in TC’s Department of Health and Behavior Studies

As a medical center psychologist in Brooklyn during the height of the crack cocaine epidemic, Wallace pioneered an original treatment approach for crack addiction and helped to launch the region’s first specialized crack treatment unit. She has since argued that research on health disparities on diverse populations must avoid a “deficit-oriented” approach.

Wallace is an authority on health education, multilingualism and multiculturism; and violence and crime. Her many books include Toward Equity in Health: A New Global Approach to Health Disparities (2008); HIV/AIDS Peer Education Training Manual: Combining African Healing Wisdom and Evidence-Based Approaches to Behavior Change (2005); and Making Mandated Addiction Treatment Work (2005).

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Premiered on 12/15/2013

About the Series

In "Mini Moments with Big Thinkers," leading figures in Teachers College's history discuss groundbreaking ideas, research and initiatives born at the College during the past half-century. The Mini Moments are drawn from the College’s Oral History Project, a collection of more than 90 videotaped interviews conducted by Melanie Shorin and Jessica Wiederhorn, the principals of The Narrative Trust, a private firm that conducts and captures the oral histories of institutions, communities and individuals. Produced in conjunction with TC’s Department of Development and External Affairs, the Mini-Moments are airing throughout 2013.

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