2013, Ph.D. in Biocultural Medical Anthropology, University of Alabama
2008, M.A. in Cultural Anthropology, Colorado State University
2004, B.A. Cultural Anthropology, Colorado State University
I am a medical anthropologist interested in the relationship between cultural consonance and indicators of psycho-physiological stress. My research is with Brazilian Pentecostals, examining how religion (as a cultural system) shapes coping resources and communal expectations which contribute to both salubrious and deleterious health outcomes. I also conduct research on computer gamers who play massively multiplayer online role playing games (MMORPGs). Specifically, I examine how players negotiate the cultural demands placed on them by virtual communities and the "real world," and how such involvement can lead to differential psychological health outcomes.
Medical anthropology, cognitive anthropology, virtual ethnography, urban anthropology, epidemiology, religious movements, mental health, dissociation, stress, gender roles, mixed methodology, social statistics, technology, Brazil