Magaela C. Bethune, MS, MPA

Community-engaged researcher.

Passionate teacher beyond classroom walls.

Imaginative agent of change.

MEET MAGAELA

Magaela C. Bethune

Magaela C. Bethune, M.S., M.P.A. is a Ph.D. candidate (expected graduation May 2018) in the Community Research and Action program in the Department of Human and Organizational Development at Vanderbilt University. An Augusta, GA native, Magaela earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology, a minor in Africana Studies, and a Master of Public Administration degree from Georgia Southern University. Her dissertation research looks at various intersections of race, gender, class, and sexuality, and how these factors mitigate the relationship between media use, adolescent sexual socialization, behavior, and development.

While at Vanderbilt, she has coordinated or collaborated on several research projects, including the Pathways to African American Success preventive intervention program with Vanderbilt’s Center for Research on Rural Families and Communities, which promotes parent-child communication to reduce sexual risk engagement in rural African American youth. In 2013, she joined the American Psychological Association – Black Entertainment (APA-BET) Research Collaborative to explore the health communication preferences among African American youth for receiving HIV/STI prevention and sexual health information. She also worked as the study coordinator in the Center for Health Services Research at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center, evaluating the usability of a web-delivered, medication adherence promotion intervention for type-2 diabetes patients. More recently she worked with Centerstone Research Institute and the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, to design and implement a community-based research project examining the barriers, challenges and strategies for Tennessee youth and young adults to navigate mental health in their communities.

Magaela’s teaching and research interests lie in the following areas: race & health; race, gender, & sexuality; Black studies; digital media & technology; health policy & policy studies; human development & society; and social justice. She has taught several courses, including Introduction to Health Policy, Introduction to African American Studies, a Seminar on Black Women in America, Digital Media Activism, and Introduction to Urban Studies in departments from Africana studies to Human & Organizational Development to Urban Studies. As an educator, she emphasizes cultivating, facilitating, and partaking in a co-teaching and learning community that is nurtured through knowledge exchange, reflexive praxis, and real-world applications. A convergence of her teaching and research interests are evidenced in a co-edited published book project with Dr. Venus Evans-Winters, entitled (Re)Teaching Trayvon: Education for Racial Justice and Human Freedom. In her spare time, she is a bibliophile, foodie, and coaches little league basketball.

Contact: Magaela.C.Bethune@Vanderbilt.edu

CURRICULUM VITAE

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Research Highlights

  • Healthy Transitions Summer Youth Participatory Action Research Project (2016), Centerstone Research Institute and the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse (TDMHSA), Nashville, TN
  • Computer-based HIV Prevention Program for Rural African American Youth (2011 – 2014), Vanderbilt University, Center for Research on Rural Families and Communities, Nashville, TN
  • Investigating the HIV/STD Health Communication Preferences of African American Youth (2013 – 2014), Black Entertainment Television – American Psychological Association (APA – BET) Research Collaborative, Washington, DC
  • Evaluating the Usability of a Diabetes Patient Website to Improve Medication Adherence (2010 – 2014), Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Center for Health Services Research, Nashville, TN

Teaching Highlights

Middle Tennessee State University (2014 – 2017)

Department of Africana Studies, Adjunct Instructor

  • Intro to African American Studies
  • Seminar: Black Women in America

Tennessee State University (2017)

College of Public Service and Urban Affairs, in conjunction with the Tennessee Department of Corrections, Instructor

  • Introduction to Urban Studies

Vanderbilt University (2014 – 2015)

Department of Human and Organizational Development, Co-Instructor

  • Introduction to Health Policy

COURSES

Spring 2018

  • AAS 2100-004 – Introduction to African American Studies – CRN 13715 – 8-9:25am
  • AAS 4600-001 – Seminar on Black Women in America – CRN 13021 – 9:40-11:05am

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