B.A: Anthropology2009University of South FloridaTamp, Florida
Ph.D: Biocultural/ Medical Anthropology1 2014University of South FloridaBiocultural/ Medical Anthropology Dissertation Entitled "The Effects of High Intensity Interval Training on Neurogenerative Activity and Cognitive Ability Among Recovering Alcoholics in the Tampa Area" Advisor, Daniel H. Lende, Ph.D.
M.A: Applied Anthropology1 2012University of South FloridaApplied Anthropology
Anthropometry Lab Instructor07/2011USF Medical Anthropology Field SchoolMonteverde, Costa Rica
07/2011Applied Biocultural Field School Dr. David Himmelgreen
Intro to Cultural Anthropology under Dr.
John Napora (Spring 2011) Intro to Cultural Anthropology under Dr.
John Napora (Fall 2010) Conducted mixed methods research on food insecurity and mental health in Monteverde, Costa Rica.
This project was funded through an REG grant from the NSF and resulted in my masters thesis.
GIS data was large portion of my data set.
Challenge Grant Qualitative and Quantitative Data Analyst Analyze focus group transcripts and data from free listing sessions for salient themes Social Network Analysis Geospatial Analysis Research Assistant for the Department of Digital Collections, USF Geocode Spanish language qualitative data Cartography Researcher for NSF funded project on Food Insecurity in Monteverde, Costa Rica Pilot test Spanish language translation of HSCL in Costa Rica Collect GIS data Spatial analysis Qualitative researcher on healthcare seeking behavior of migrant farmworkers in Dade City, Fl.
Qualitative Research for Emergency Response Study conducted by the University of South Florida, Tampa, Fl.
Research Assistant04/2011Department of Digital Collection
Duties included digitizing and geocoding historical Spanish language documents from the Monteverde Institute for a joint USF/Monteverde Institute cultural heritage project.
Teaching Applied Anthropology under Dr.
Nancy Romero-Daza (Fall 2012) Theories of Culture under Dr.
John Napora (Spring 2012) Theories of Culture under Dr.
John Napora (Fall 2011).
Research Assistant04/2013 to 04/2014GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIPS
Duties included budgeting, equipment purchases and installation, writing lab protocols and programing experiments for pilot studies.
Non-Communicable Disease Profile, Structural Barriers, and Explanatory Models of Obesity in High Risk Refugee Communities of South Florida: Preliminary Findings" Co-Author presented at Society for Applied Anthropology Annual Meeting, March 2012, Baltimore, Md. This is Anthropology: Anthropologists respond to Florida Governor Rick Scott's statement: "Florida does not need more anthropologists" Co-author, paper presented at Society for Applied Anthropology Annual Meeting, March 2012, Baltimore, Md. Food Insecurity, Mental Health and Embodiment in the Monteverde Region of Costa Rica: Merging political economy and phenomenology to explore the biocultural connections between food insecurity, stress, depression, and anxiety" Paper presented at Society for Applied Anthropology Annual Meeting, March 2012, Baltimore, Md. The Political Economy of Stress and Food Insecurity in the Monteverde region of Costa Rica: Exploring the link between the ecotourism boom and food security status on stress levels" Paper presented at the Society for Applied Anthropology Annual Meeting, March 2011, Seattle, Wa. Risk Assessment and Access and Availability: Determining pathways for healthcare-seeking behavior in Mexican migrant farmworkers in Dade City" Paper presented at Society for Applied Anthropology Annual Meeting, February 2010, Merida, Mexico. Radical Pedagogy in Political Anthropology" Presented at American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, November 2008, San Francisco, Ca. INVITED TALKS The basics of GIS", invited talk at the Monteverde Institute, Monteverde Costa Rica, Summer 2010 CAMPUS TALKS Neuroanthropological perspectives on Addiction." Guest lecturer for ANT 2514 (Biological Anthropology), Fall 2014 at USF. Food Insecurity, Nutrition and Mental Wellbeing: Proposing sustainable, nonmedicalized interventions for rural communities" Guest lecturer for ANT 4701 (Applied Anthropology), Fall 2012 at USF. Audio Recording for Anthropologists: A dummy's guide to recording better interviews in the field." Graduate Student Organization sponsored talk at USF, Spring 2012
Memberships and Affiliations
Society for Anthropology of Consciousness - Member since 2009
American Anthropological Association - Member since 2007
Society for Applied Anthropologists - Member since 2007
USF CAS internal award (contributing author) $1,500, Spring 2014 USF Creative Scholarship Grant (contributing author) $8,000, Fall 2013 USF Challenge Grant $5,000, Spring 2011 National Science Foundation Research Experience for Graduate Students Grant $5,000 (BNS# 0753017), Summer, 2011 USF Department of Anthropology Travel Grant $100, Spring 2010, Fall 2011 USF Graduate Student Association Travel Grant $200, Spring 2010 USF Department of Undergraduate Research Conference Travel Grant $400, Fall 2009.
Spanish- conversationally spoken; excellent reading and writing proficiency.
SERVICE TO PROFESSION
Student panel member and creative content contributor for online project entitled "This is Anthropology" (thisisanthropology.com) sponsored by the American Anthropological Association (Spring - Fall 2013)
SERVICE TO UNIVERSITY
Graduate Student representative for the University of South Florida Academic Grievance Committee (Fall 2012-Spring 2013)