Jason DeCaro, Marilyn Williams Elmore and John Durr Elmore Professor and Department Chair

14 ten Hoor Hall | Office: (205) 348-9061, Lab: (205) 348-7792 | jason.a.decaro@ua.edu


  • Human development across the lifecourse
  • Biocultural medical and psychological anthropology
  • Human evolutionary biology
  • Social epidemiology
  • East Africa, Central America, USA

William Dressler, Professor Emeritus

24-B ten Hoor Hall | (205) 348-1954 | wdressle@as.ua.edu


  • Biocultural medical anthropology
  • Culture and disease risk
  • Culture and the individual
  • Cultural consonance

Katy Groves, Instructor

(205) 348-5947 | groveskaty@gmail.com

Courtney Helfrecht, Assistant Professor

13 ten Hoor Hall | (205) 348-7293 | chelfrecht@ua.edu


  • Biocultural medical anthropology
  • Impact of cultural/physical stressors on biomarker patterning and developmental trajectories
  • Socio-cultural and evolutionary determinants of childhood health and growth
  • Evolution of human childhood
  • Sub-Saharan Africa: Ethiopia (Sidama agropastoralists) and Central African Republic (Aka foragers and Ngandu horticulturalists)

Holly Horan, Assistant Professor

10-B ten Hoor Hall | hhoran@ua.edu


  • Applied biocultural, medical anthropology
  • Decolonizing anthropology
  • Syndemic Theory
  • Puerto Rico, the Caribbean, and Latin America
  • Maternal and infant health with an emphasis on timing of delivery
  • Developmental origins of health and disease and stress during the childbearing year
  • Alternative models of maternity/reproductive health care
  • Birth workers (doulas and midwives) and their capacity for improving health outcomes for the under/unjustly-served
  • Social justice and community engaged research (CEnR)
  • Health Systems Reform
Chris Lynn

Christopher D. Lynn, Associate Professor

12 ten Hoor Hall / LAB: 37a Rowand-Johnson Hall | 205-348-4162 | cdlynn@ua.edu


  • Biocultural medical anthropology
  • Human behavioral ecology
  • Evolutionary studies
  • Cultural impacts on health
  • Dissociation, absorption, and trance
  • Signaling theory, cooperation, and commitment

Stephanie McClure, Assistant Professor

15 ten Hoor Hall | (205) 348-2855 | smcclur1@ua.edu

My overarching area of interest is culture, the body, and health. Said in another way, my primary research interest (currently) is the body as the subject andobject of culture, and the bearing that subject/object duality has on how health is understood, experienced, assessed, etc.

My current pursuits with respect to that overarching interest fall into three categories:

  • physicality and identity
  • intersectionality
  • physical activity and wellbeing

My current projects  and their category alignment:

  • Utility of  robust norms assessment for increasing the predictive capacity of health behavior theories (physicality and wellbeing)
  • Effect of the psychosocial benefits of physical activity on girls’ school performance (physicality and wellbeing)
  • Collage construction as a method for exploring physicality and identity (physicality and identity)
  • The role of race/gender as a key intersection in African American adolescent girls’ physicality (intersectionality)
  • History as a social determinant of health (this really goes back to my overarching question).

My population focus is African American women and girls.

Kathryn Oths, Professor Emeritus

24-B ten Hoor Hall | (205) 348-1954 | koths@as.ua.edu


  • Biocultural medical anthropology
  • Treatment choice
  • Healers
  • Health outcomes
  • Latin America
Sonya Pritzker

Sonya E. Pritzker, Assistant Professor

15 ten Hoor Hall | (205) 348-6554 | spritzker@ua.edu


  • embodied social justice
  • language, emotion, and the body
  • intimacy, self-development, social action and cultural change in China
  • translation in Chinese medicine
  • methodology in integrative medicine research
  • the globalization of Chinese medicine
  • the development of integrative medicine in the U.S. and China