Distinguished Lectures and Events
Dudley Allen Sargent Distinguished Lecture Series
About Dudley Allen Sargent: An innovator in physical conditioning, Dr. Sargent sought to improve the health of individuals and the nation by founding the Sargent School of Physical Training in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1881. His mission was to provide students with comprehensive health care training “to fortify well people; to strengthen the weak; and to restore the disabled to more normal function.”
During the decades that followed, Dr. Sargent built his reputation as a pioneer in the integration of physical training with scientific principles, and he was a leader in the field of preventative medicine. Dr. Sargent also helped to establish the American Association for the Advancement of Physical Education and the Boston Health Education League.
Meredith E. Drench Lectureship Fund
About Meredith E. Drench: Meredith E. Drench, PhD, PT, was a behavioral specialist whose work bridged the fields of physical rehabilitation and psychosocial behavioral sciences. The founding director of Adaptive Health Associates, Inc., Dr. Drench worked with companies, agencies, health care facilities, and universities, emphasizing communication, ethical empowerment, and collaboration. Addressing sensitive issues, she involved participants and created a supportive pathway to learning.
Dr. Drench published numerous articles, was a contributing author to four books, and wrote two books about health professionals: Psychosocial Aspects of Health Care and Red Ribbons Are Not Enough.
This lecture series honors the legacy of Dr. Drench and continues her mission of education and advocacy, focusing on the psychosocial aspects of rehabilitation.