UNM's Community Based Prevention Research Professional Development Series features Dr. Julia Meredith Hess who will discuss "Qualitative Research Methods with Children and Adolescents" on Tuesday, May 21 from 12 to 1 p.m. at the Research Incubator Building (RIB) Commons located on the UNM campus at 2703 Frontier NE. Attendees are invited to bring your lunch.

Children and teens are at particular developmental and life stages, with their own perspectives, experiences and vulnerabilities, and they are often perceived as perplexing or challenging as research participants. In this seminar, a discussion of qualitative methods for conducting research with kids, including interviews, participant observation, focus groups PhotoVoice, audio diaries, journaling, research via social media (e.g. Facebook, Twitter) and participatory research. Come share your own experience and learn something new to try in your next research project.

Hess is a cultural anthropologist whose primary research interests are the health and well-being of migrants, including refugees and immigrants. Since joining the PRC in 2009, she has developed a particular focus on research with youth. She has been the lead qualitative data analyst on research projects with Native Americans and recently resettled refugees (Dr. Jessica Goodkind, PhD, PI). Hess is a co-editor/co-author of an edited volume, Everyday Ruptures: Children, Youth, and Migration in Global Perspective edited by Coe, et al (Vanderbilt University Press, 2011).

For more information contact Theresa Cruz at (505) 272-4462 or by email, ThCruz@salud.unm.edu