Associate Professor of Psychology
Chair of the Interdisciplinary Program in Women, Gender, and Sexuality
University of Tennessee - Knoxville
Patrick R. Grzanka is Associate Professor of Psychology and Chair of the Interdisciplinary Program in Women, Gender, and Sexuality at the University of Tennessee’s flagship campus in Knoxville. His training in intersectionality studies began at the Consortium on Race, Gender, and Ethnicity at the University of Maryland, where he earned a Ph.D. in American Studies in 2010. The thoroughly revised and updated second edition of his book, Intersectionality: Foundations and Frontiers, was published by Routledge in 2019. Grzanka’s scholarship has explored patterns of and problems with the uptake of intersectionality in the social sciences, particularly psychology, and he has published a series of papers on critical methods—both quantitative and qualitative—that offer guidelines for taking intersectionality seriously and using intersectional approaches responsibly. He guest edited (with Carlos Santos and Bonnie Moradi) a special section of Journal of Counseling Psychology on intersectionality in 2017, and he is guest editor of special issue of Translational Issues in Psychological Science on intersectionality forthcoming in December 2020.
Sidney Holt, PhD, is a public health researcher in RTI International's Center for Communication Science. Ms. Holt is passionate about using research to promote social justice and reduce health inequities. She is specifically interested in understanding social-structural determinants of health among historically oppressed and marginalized populations. Ms. Holt has over 8 years of experience with HIV prevention and intervention research, including qualitative (e.g., in-depth interviews, focus groups) and quantitative (e.g., surveys) research for mixed-methods studies (e.g., qual à QUANT); the design, implementation, and evaluation of local and national health communication campaigns; and the development and promotion of print and digital tools and resources, using clear communication best practices. Ms. Holt’s work is grounded in intersectionality theory, critical race theory, theories of stress and coping, attitude and behavior change theories, and other psychological and social ecological theories of health. Ms. Holt recently authored a peer-reviewed paper on the psychosocial effects of gentrification on Black men living in Washington, D.C.