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ABOUT HIS SELECTED PHOTO: When given the task of photographing my perspective of health in the Galveston community, my mind immediately went to the historic importance of corner stores juxtaposed to the current food deserts in which many of our residents reside. Thus, a majority of my photos were of corner stores, most were of buildings, and nearly all were absent of humans and emotions surprising given the fact that I’m a psychologist. When taking one of my photos, the couple in the picture asked what I was doing and asked if they could be part of the project. That’s when it hit me. Not only have I spent my career researching relationships, I routinely make the case that a healthy relationship is essential to a happy and healthy life. We need food, shelter, and healthcare to survive. We need relationships to live. Click here to view all of his photos.

Jeff Temple is an Associate Professor, Licensed Psychologist, and Director of Behavioral Health and Research in the department of Ob/Gyn at the University of Texas Medical Branch. His research focuses on interpersonal relationships, substance use, and social media. He also serves on the Galveston Independent School District Board of Trustees, and is part of several other community initiatives. Jeff and his family moved to the island in 2007. The gulf was so excited about his arrival, it decided to send a whole bunch of wind and water this way. While Jeff’s wife is an accomplished artist and his daughter is a fledgling musician and artist, he mainly activates the right side of his brain by playing video games with his son.

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