Alumni

Jessica Cerdeña

MD/PhD Candidate, Medical Anthropology
Jessica Cerdeña
Academic Institution: Yale University Location: New Haven, Connecticut Cohort Start Year: 2017
Research Topics: Behavioral and Mental Health, Early Childhood, Violence and Trauma
Populations Served: Hispanic/Latino/Latinx, Children and Families, Immigrants and Refugees, Migrant Workers, Victims of Crime, Women's Health

FOCUS
Jessica applies a biocultural lens to health disparities, studying the epigenetic underpinnings of intergenerational trauma among Latin American migrants to New Haven, Connecticut. Using ethnographic and epigenetic methods, she attempts to understand the embodiment of migration-related trauma. In her career as a physician-anthropologist, Jessica plans to deploy her research at the intersection of community health and health policy.

MORE ABOUT JESSICA
Jessica grew up in northern New Jersey in a community shaped by immigration. Her current research interests grew out of her mental health work at a free clinic in New Haven, where she first learned of the trauma histories shared among the families of many of the Latin American migrant patients.

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