I am a PhD Candidate in Biological Anthropology at the University of Washington (UW) and a graduate fellow for the Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology at UW. My research centers on the interactions of psychosocial stress and human biology. For my dissertation, I plan to examine whether physical activity modifies the relationships between psychosocial stress and several physiological systems (i.e. inflammation, hormones, and cellular aging). These relationships are particularly interesting because they are posited to connect psychosocial stress to a range of negative health outcomes, including mental health disorders, diabetes, and even Alzheimer’s Disease. Uncovering how physical activity modifies these relationships could offer a better understanding of how psychosocial stress impacts health across the US and globally as well as what effects it had throughout human evolution.
My other work focuses on mental health and its associations with biology both inside and outside the US, connections between genes and health, and the anthropology of sports. I am also very fortunate to have had the opportunity to work on projects focused on improving equity in STEM fields, and I plan to continue to center equity in both my research and professional service.