Kathleen Cash (Click for interesting methodology and pedagogy related to HIV/AIDS) is an independent researcher and educator interested in integrative methodologies that bring social change to economically and educationally disadvantaged women and youths.


Using ethnographic research methods, she collects stories people tell about themselves and their sexual experiences and transforms this research into composite stories that mirror the vulnerabilities and emotions expressed. She then creates picture books in which the composite stories are accompanied by culturally appropriate images and told in the vernacular. These are used by trained peer educators in a pedagogical process that incorporates storytelling, dialogue, and structured interactions. While a specific goal is to reduce the transmission of HIV/AIDS, a more general goal is to foster confidence in participants by improving communication in their public and private relationships.


"After my fellowship at Radcliffe, I spent three years conducting field tests on the Uganda project," she reported. "One test in Lira and the other in Pader, Uganda. Recently our Uganda program was awarded a grant from What Works to Prevent Violence Against Women and Girls, a UK DFID-funded program, to conduct a randomized control trial in Northern Uganda to evaluate the impact of my program." [7/16]


Cash wrote a book Sex, Shame and Violence: A Revolutionary Practice of Storytelling in Poor Communities, describing her gender-based model of HIV/AIDS prevention and sexual health education and how she integrated research and pedagogy.


Kathy has received two Fulbright fellowships, a 1987 teaching fellowship at Chiang Mai University in Thailand, and a 2004 AIDS research fellowship in Uganda, where she looked at the relationship between sexual and domestic violence and the transmission of HIV/AIDS. [1/08]



Email:  cashkathy@gmail.com



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