I am a PhD Candidate in Biological Anthropology at the University of Washington (UW). My research centers on the interactions of psychosocial stress, physical activity, and human biology with a focus on student-athlete well-being. I am currently a pre-doctoral trainee for the Biological Mechanisms of Healthy Aging at the UW (supported by NIH/NIA T32 AG066574). I am also a trainee for the Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology at the UW (previously supported by NICHD T32 HD007543). Alongside my academic positions, I previously worked as a Research Associate at Casimir where I help utilize qualitative data in research on rare diseases and disorders.
My dissertation project examines whether physical activity modifies the relationships between psychosocial stress, inflammation, and cellular aging. These relationships 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 roles stress played throughout human evolution.
I have also worked on research teams investigating global mental health methodologies, associations with mental health and biology both inside and outside the US, connections between genotype and health, and the anthropology of sports. I am also very fortunate to have had the opportunity to work on a couple projects focused on improving equity in STEM fields and continue to center equity in both my research and professional service.