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This summer Dr. Lam taught a two-week intensive course on "Psychosocial Aspects of Disability" to a group of Chinese physicians at the Tong Chi Medical University at Wuhan, China. This marks the second time that Dr. Lam has been invited to teach this course. Four IIT Ph.D. Clinical-Rehabilitation Psychology students, Jennifer Zinke, Carolina Garcia, Jessica Walton, and Julie Hautamaki, met up with him in Hong Kong and started their week-long educational tour. They presented their research project on "Attribution and acceptance of disability among people with spinal cord injuries: A cross-cultural study" to faculty members at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University's Department of Rehabilitation Sciences. They also visited various community-based rehabilitation facilities and the famous Victoria Peak in Hong Kong. They continued their tour to Beijing. The team received warm receptions from faculty and students from Beijing Normal University and the College of Psychology at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, who are collaborators of a NIMH research grant. The IIT group also visited the renowned China Rehabilitation Research Center (CRRC) and discussed collaboration on the attribution study. Along with business, the students visited the Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, Summer Palace, and the Forbidden City.
Overall, the students have had a great experience in learning about China and cross-cultural aspects of rehabilitation and research and hope this unique opportunity can continue and be a part of their education experience. Dr. Lam and his colleagues will visit Beijing again in May 2007 to discuss progress of their NIMH grant.