The Psychologists Podcast

Disability Is Diversity with Dr. Kathleen Bogart

August 07, 2021 Kathleen Bogart, PhD Season 1 Episode 14
The Psychologists Podcast
Disability Is Diversity with Dr. Kathleen Bogart
Show Notes

“Moebius Syndrome is rare, but disability is the most common minority in the world. 25% of Americans are disabled.” Today we learn from Dr. Kathleen Bogart, social psychologist and disability expert, about growing up with facial paralysis, “alternative expressions”, universal design, the dangers of disability simulation activities (and alternatives), disability spread, ableism, and the moral/medical/social models of disability. This one will leave you thinking hard about going “back to normal” after COVID, and it’ll probably make you want to re-watch The Lion King, too.

Dr. Kathleen Bogart is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Oregon State University and a blogger at Psychology Today. As a person with a disability, she is passionate about researching, educating, and writing about ableism, or disability prejudice. Her research focuses on the psychosocial implications of living with disability, rare disorders, or facial differences such as Moebius syndrome. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, Time, and the Financial Times.

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Moebius Syndrome Foundation:

National Organization for Rare Disorders: 

All Kathy’s links:

Kathleen’s “Meanwhile” piece on TEDx: TEDxUofW 2021: Meanwhile

“Disability Is Diversity” Psychology Today blog:

Oregon State research lab:

The Perfect Recipe Project:


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