Drs. Lynn and Weaver Publish New Article in Annals of Human Biology

Drs. Chris Lynn and Jo Weaver, along with lead author Dr. Michaela Howells from University of North Carolina Wilmington, have a new article out titled, “Zika virus in American Samoa: challenges to prevention in the context of health disparities and non-communicable disease.” It occurs in Biology of the Pacific, a special issue in Annals of Human Biolog. Congratulations to […]

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“Shame, Blame, and Status Incongruity: Health and Stigma in Rural Brazil and the Urban United Arab Emirates” by Dr. Weaver

Abstract: Stigma is a powerful determinant of physical and mental health around the world, a perennial public health concern that is particularly resistant to change. This article builds from sociologist Erving Goffman’s classic conception of stigma as a unitary social phenomenon to explore the stigma attached to two seemingly dissimilar conditions: food insecurity in rural […]

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“Tension Among Women in North India: An Idiom of Distress and a Cultural Syndrome” by Dr. Weaver

Abstract: The existing literature on Indian ethnopsychology has long asserted that somatization is a key aspect of experiences of distress. The study of idioms of distress arose out of work done in India (Nichter inCult Med Psychiatry 5(4):379–408, 1981), but ironically, little subsequent work has systematically explored idioms of distress in this part of the world. This ethnographic […]

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Special Issue of Medical Anthropology edited by Dr. Weaver

Some good news for Dr. Weaver. The special issue that she was editing for Medical Anthropology Quarterly (our sub-discipline’s flagship journal) was published during the holidays. The volume is titled, A Special Focus Section on Comorbidity, and it includes an introductory piece co-authored by Jo, Ron Barrett, and Mark Nichter; a single-authored piece by her titled, “Transactions […]

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Dr. Weaver publishes “Transactions in Suffering: Mothers, Daughters, and Chronic Disease Comorbidities in New Delhi, India”

Congratulations to Dr. Lesley Jo Weaver on the publication (Epub ahead of print) of “Transactions in Suffering: Mothers, Daughters, and Chronic Disease Comorbidities in New Delhi, India.” This article in Medical Anthropology Quarterly focuses on intergenerational discussions about suffering and chronic diseases between mothers and their daughters in India. Weaver, L. J. (2016), Transactions in Suffering: […]

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Dr. Jo Weaver receives National Science Foundation Senior Award

  Dr. Jo Weaver has received an NSF Senior Award for her work on food insecurity and mental health in Brazil. This is a collaborative 3-site project with her colleagues at Emory and Duke who work in Ethiopia and Haiti, respectively. It consists of two separate grant submissions, one from UA with Dr. Weaver as the […]

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Dr. Chris Lynn publishes “Family Diversity” in Anthropology News

The latest post for the Biocultural Systematics guest blog is “Family Diversity,” written by Dr. Christopher Lynn. Biocultural Systematics is a monthly guest blog in the Anthropology News newsletter for the American Anthropological Association. The column is written by faculty and graduate students in the Biocultural Medical Anthropology program. Previous post include: “Talking about Race […]

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Dr. Jo Weaver publishes “Type 2 Diabetes and Anxiety Symptoms among Women in New Delhi, India”

Dr. Lesley Jo Weaver and S.V. Madhu publish “Type 2 Diabetes and Anxiety Symptoms among Women in New Delhi, India” in American Journal of Public Health (November 2015, Vol. 105, No. 11, pp. 2335-2340). Objectives. We explored the relationship between mental health and type 2 diabetes among women in New Delhi, India, in 2011. Methods. We recruited […]

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