Natalie May, Ph.D.

UVA Center for Positive Healthcare
CNE Programs: CNE Workshops

Natalie May, PhD has enthusiastically served as one of the Center for Positive Healthcare (formerly the Center for Appreciative Practice) faculty for eight years. A breast cancer survivor, she especially enjoys teaching and speaking about ways appreciative inquiry and appreciative practices can be integrated into our daily lives. ”The AI Project has afforded me many life-changing opportunities, but the greatest of these is the chance to help others try new ways of approaching difficult challenges — work, illness, parenting, and social issues. It has truly been a joy and a privilege.” In her work at the UVA School of Medicine, she has been an investigator on the Wisdom in Medicine Project, the Tell Me a Story Project, and Call2Health, a strength based, text message support program for African-American women with diabetes. Most recently she is project director for the Phronesis Project, a medical student curriculum designed to foster practical wisdom in young physicians. She is also the founder of a small nonprofit, Change the World RVA, the only organization in the region that specifically addresses the needs of high school and college students facing homelessness. Change the World RVA has been identified as a model for lay and faith-based organizations wanting to help the homeless. Natalie lives in Richmond with her husband and their teenage daughter.

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