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Message Therapy Without Borders

She has been mentioned in the last two episodes, and now she is here! Cathy and Cal welcome the one and only Ann Blair Kennedy to the podcast this week — a guest so fancy she only needs initials.

ABK is part of the team working on Project COPE: Chronicling Healthcare Providers’ Pandemic Experiences. This ambitious and important survey will document how the pandemic affects and changes healthcare workers in all fields. Cal and Cathy talk with ABK about the birth of this project, the question of moral distress, and how to become the Swiss army knife of change.

You can participate in Project Cope here:

Ann Blair Kennedy, LMT, BCTMB, DrPH is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville in the Department of Biomedical Sciences. She became a board certified and a South Carolina licensed massage therapist in 1999 and was in clinical practice prior to pursuing her Doctor of Public Health degree in Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior from the University of South Carolina. She completed her Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Human Performance Lab at the USC School of Medicine Greenville in April 2017. Dr. Kennedy’s specific research interests include: patient and stakeholder engagement in research, stress and wellness particularly in families with children special needs, behavioral change interventions, implementation monitoring and process evaluation, integrative medicine, and stress/wellness in health professionals especially in massage therapists. Finally, she is the Director of the Patient Engagement Studio and the Executive Editor/Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork.

Project COPE (seriously, YOUR voice is needed!):

MTF Research Perch featuring Project COPE Researchers:


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