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Education

2022     Ph.D. Biological Anthropology, University of Washington

2022     Graduate Certificate in Demographic Methods, Center for Studies of Demography and Ecology, University of Washington

2017     M.A. Biological Anthropology, University of Washington

2010     A.B. Human Evolutionary Biology; Mind, Brain, and Behavior, Harvard College, Honors in Field


Publications

In Preparation and In Review

10. Tennyson RL, Wander K, McDade TW, Shell-Duncan B, Eisenberg DTA. (In Preparation). An ADHD-associated polymorphism in the DRD4 gene and nutritional status among Rendille children in northern Kenya. Analysis Plan and initial results posted on Open Science Frameworks: osf.io/p8yv2.

9. Tennyson RL, Ryan CP, Kuzawa CW, Eisenberg DTA. (In Preparation). Does maternal early life stress predict young adult offspring’s biological age in the Philippines? Preregistration: https://osf.io/2pmhy/.

Published and In Press

8. Harel EV, Shetreet E, Tennyson RL, Fava M, Bar M. (2022). Constricted semantic relations in Acute Depression. Journal of Affective Disorders. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jad.2022.05.100.

7. Rivara, FP, Tennyson RL, Mills B, Emery C, Gioia G, Giza C, Herring S, Janz K, LaBella C, McLeod TV, Meehan, W, Patricios J. (2020). Consensus Statement on Sport-related Concussions in Youth Sports. JAMA Pediatrics. doi: 10.1001/jamapediatrics.2019.4006.

6. Rej PH, Tennyson RL, Lee NR, Eisenberg DTA. (2019). Caregiving for disabled family members does not predict telomere length in the Philippines. Psychoneuroendocrinology. doi: 10.1016/j.psyneuen.2019.01.019. Preregistration: https://osf.io/a9xbu/.

5. Tennyson RL, Gettler LT, Kuzawa CW, Hayes MG, Agustin S, Eisenberg D. (2018). Does early life microbial exposure modify the link between psychosocial stress and telomere length in the Philippines? American Journal of Human Biology. doi: 10.1002/ajhb.23145.

4. Logan-Greene, P., Tennyson, RL, Borja, S., Nurius, P.(2017). Adverse Childhood Experiences, Coping Resources, and Mental Health Problems among Court-Involved Youth. Child & Youth Care Forum. doi: 10.1007/s10566-017-9413-2.

3. Tennyson RL, Kemp CG, Rao D. (2016) Challenges and strategies for implementing mental health measurement for research in low-resource settings. International Health 8.6: 374-380. https://doi.org/10.1093/inthealth/ihw043.

2. Harel EV, Tennyson RL, Fava M, Bar M. (2016). Linking Major Depression and The Neural Substrates of Associative Processing. Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Neuroscience. 16.6: 1017-1026. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/27553369/.

1. Benenson, JF, Tennyson, R, Wrangham, RW. (2011). Male more than female infants imitate propulsive motion.Cognition, 121, 262-267. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cognition.2011.07.006.


Research Positions

2022 – Present    Postdoctoral Researcher, Vietnam Health and Aging Study, Columbia University & University of Utah

2021 – 2022       Research Scientist, Eisenberg Anthropological Genetics Laboratory, University of Washington

2020 – 2021       Research Associate, Casimir Trials, Seattle, WA

2018 – 2019       Research Consultant, Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center, Department of Pediatrics, University of Washington

2017 – 2018       Graduate Student Research Assistant, Center for Evaluation and Research for STEM Equity (CERSE), University of Washington

2014 – 2016       Lab Manager, Eisenberg Anthropological Genetics Laboratory, University of Washington

2013 – 2014       Graduate Student Research Assistant, Department of Anthropology, University of Washington

2012 – 2013       Research Assistant, Non Epigenetics Laboratory, Vanderbilt University

2012 – 2013       Research Analyst II, Zald Affective Neuroscience Lab, Vanderbilt University

2011 – 2012       Research Coordinator, Bar Cognitive Neuroscience Lab, Massachusetts General Hospital & Harvard Medical School

2010              Field Research Assistant, Department of Anthropology, New York University

2007 – 2009       Undergraduate Research Assistant, Department of Human Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University

2007              Undergraduate Research Assistant, Lazar Lab, Massachusetts General Hospital


Research Presentations

* = undergraduate mentee co-author (3 presentations)

12. Nanda AN*, Tennyson RL. (Submitted). Analyzing COVID-19 Related Disruptions and Psychosocial Stress in Collegiate Student-Athletes. Human Biology Association Annual Meeting. Reno, NV.

11. Tennyson RL, Nanda AN*, Gildee CM, K Rainsberger*, Eisenberg DTA. (Submitted). Does physical activity moderate the association between childhood psychosocial stress and adult telomere length in a sample of NCAA student-athletes and non-athlete college students? Human Biology Association Annual Meeting. Reno, NV.

10. Tennyson RL, Ryan CP, Duazo P, Carba D, Hayes MG, Kuzawa CW, Eisenberg DTA. (2022). Does maternal early life stress predict young adult offspring’s biological age in the Philippines? Human Biology Association Annual Meeting. Denver, CO.

9. Nanda AN*, Tennyson RL. (2022). Examining the Influence of Psychosocial Stress on Telomere Length in NCAA Collegiate Swimmers. American Association of Biological Anthropology Annual Meeting. Denver, CO. Preregistration: https://osf.io/4qk2m/

8. Tennyson RL, Eisenberg DTA. (2021). Maternal early life stress and offspring telomere length in a longitudinal and multigenerational cohort study in the Philippines. Telomere Research Network Annual Meeting. New Orleans, LA.

7. Tennyson RL. (2019). Systematic review of the association between cortisol secretion and telomere length in humans. Human Biology Association Annual Meeting. Cleveland, OH. Data publicly available: https://osf.io/62h8y/

6. Tennyson RL, Wander K, McDade TW, Shell-Duncan B, Eisenberg DTA. (2018). An ADHD-associated polymorphism in the DRD4 gene and nutritional status among Rendille children in northern Kenya. Human Biology Association Annual Meeting. Austin, TX.

5. Tennyson RL, Gettler LT, Kuzawa CW, Hayes MG, Agustin S, Eisenberg D. (2017). Does early life pathogen exposure modify the link between psychosocial stress and telomere length in the Philippines? Human Biology Association Annual Meeting. New Orleans, LA.

4. Tennyson RL, Kemp CG, Rao D. (2016). Challenges and Strategies for Implementing Mental Health Measurement for Research Low-Resource Settings. Consortium of Universities for Global Health. San Francisco, CA.

3. Tennyson RL, Harel EV, Bar M. (2016). Selective decreases in the hippocampus in Major Depressive Disorder: a Life History approach. Human Biology Association Annual Meeting. Atlanta, GA.

2. Tennyson RL, Gettler LT, Kuzawa CW, Hayes MG, Eisenberg DTAE. (2015). Early life psychosocial stress and blood telomere length among young adults in the Philippines. Human Biology Association Annual Meeting. St. Louis, MO.

1. Logan-Greene, P., Nurius, P., Borja, S., Tennyson, R. (2015). Adverse Childhood Experiences, Protective Factors, and Mental Health Problems Among Court-Involved Youth. Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference. New Orleans, LA.


Research Grants, Awards, and Fellowships

2021    

Biological Mechanisms of Healthy Aging, Pre-Doctoral Trainee; University of Washington, NIH/NIAT32 AG066574

Telomere Research Network Analysis Award; NIH U24 AG066528-03; $4,000

2020 

Center for Leadership in Athletics, Dissertation Scholarship; University of Washington, $10,000

Student Technology Fund; University of Washington, $38,813 awarded to Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology

2019

Anthropology Department Dissertation Pilot Funding; University of Washington, $1,438

2016

Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology, Graduate Fellowship; University of Washington, NICHD T32 HD007543

Human Biology Association: Student Member Travel Award, Human Biology Association, $500

University of Washington, Department of Global Health Travel Award, University of Washington, $500

2015

Human Biology Association: Student Member Travel Award, Human Biology Association, $500

2014   

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship – Honorable Mention, NSF

William S. Pollitzer Travel Award, American Association of Biological Anthropology, $500

2009    

Robert Goelet Research Fund, Harvard College, $1,000

Mary Gordon Roberts Summer Mind, Brain and Behavior Fellowship, Harvard College, $1,600.

Harvard College Research Program, Harvard College, $1,000

Dean’s Summer Research Award, Harvard College, $1,000


Teaching Positions

Courses Taught

University of Washington            

         The Non-Human Primates

Teaching Assistant

University of Washington

         Anthropological Genetics Laboratory Methods

         Laboratory Methods in Hormones and Behavior

         Reproductive Ecology Laboratory Methods

         Human Biological Diversity: Sports, Movements, and Activity

         Anthropology of Sports

         Anthropology of Soccer

         Principles of Evolutionary Medicine

         Human Biological Adaptability

         Sex and Evolution

         Principles of Biological Anthropology


Guest Teaching and Lectures

2021              

University of Washington, Human Biological Diversity: Sports, Performance, and Activity, Topic: “Physical Activity and Psychosocial Stress”

2020                

University of Washington, Principles of Evolutionary Medicine, Topic: “Physical Activity and Psychosocial Stress”

University of Washington, Human Biological Adaptability, “Psychosocial Stress and Human Biology”

University of Washington, Sex and Evolution, Topic: “Sexual Orientation”

2019             

University of Washington, Principles of Evolutionary Medicine and Public Health, Topic: “Co-evolution”

2017              

University of Washington, Evolution of Human Social Behavior, Topic: “Evolution of Morality”

University of Washington, Uses and Abuses of Evolutionary Views of Human Behavior, Topic: “Evolution of Morality”

University of Washington, The Human Life Cycle, Lecture Title: “Introduction to Epigenetics”

2016            

University of Washington, Anthropology and Sports, Lecture Title: “Hypermasculinity in sport and its effects on Injury and Mental Health”

University of Washington, Laboratory Methods in Anthropological Genetics, Lecture Title: “Epigenetic Methods in Anthropology”

2015                

University of Washington, Human Genetics, Disease, and Culture, Lecture Title: “Epigenetics and Anthropology”

University of Washington, Principles of Biological Anthropology, Lecture Title: “Primate Ecology and Conservation: of food and predators”

University of Washington, Laboratory Methods in Anthropological Genetics, Lecture Title: “Epigenetic Methods in Anthropology”

2014                

University of Washington, Laboratory Methods in Anthropological Genetics, Lecture Title: “Epigenetic Methods in Anthropology”

2013                

Vanderbilt University, American Medicine, Lecture Title: “Epigenetics: How our environment affects our biology.”


Advising and Mentoring

2021 – 2022       Senior Honors Thesis: Anamika Nanda

                  Research Assistant: Scott J. Gustaffson

2020 – 2021       Senior Honors Thesis: Katie Rainsberger


Professional Service

2016 – 2017       Outreach and Development Committee, Department of Anthropology, University of Washington

2014 – 2015       Undergraduate Outreach Committee, Department of Anthropology, University of Washington

2014              Conference Volunteer, American Association of Physical Anthropologists 2014 Annual Meeting, Calgary, Alberta

2013 – 2014       Resources Committee, 2013-2014, Department of Anthropology, University of Washington

2011              Conference Volunteer, American Association of Physical Anthropologists 2011 Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN


Tutoring Experience

2015 – 2017       Student-Athlete Academic Services, University of Washington

2014              NSF GeNOM and ALVA Project, University of Washington

2007 – 2010       Harvard University Bureau of Study Counsel, Harvard University

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