Current Scholar

Luisa Maria Rivera

PhD Student, Anthropology
Luisa Maria Rivera
Academic Institution: Emory University Location: Atlanta, Georgia Cohort Start Year: 2017
Research Topics: Health Care Access, Obesity, Behavioral and Mental Health, Built Environment/Housing/Planning, Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Early Childhood, Environmental Justice, Public, Population, and Community Health, Violence and Trauma
Populations Served: Adolescents (12-20 years), At-Risk/Vulnerable Populations, Children and Families, Hispanic/Latino/Latinx, Immigrants and Refugees, Low-Income Communities, Migrant Workers, Rural Communities, Victims of Crime, Women's Health

FOCUS
Luisa studies the transgenerational transmission of trauma and adversity in communities experiencing chronic and acute stressors. She currently conducts research with two populations: pregnant women delivering at a safety-net hospital in rapidly gentrifying San Francisco, and post-conflict Mayan villages in northwestern Guatemala. In both places, her research focuses on the ways in which historical trauma and structural violence are lived out through caregiving, examining the cultural and biological pathways that may buffer stress and augment resilience in communities of color.

MORE ABOUT LUISA
Luisa is a bicultural Puerto Rican woman who brings a critical perspective to biocultural and engaged anthropology. She believes that HPRS offers her the opportunity to move her work beyond the boundaries of a traditionally very theory-oriented discipline and engage policy and change makers to translate her work into structural and clinical interventions for young children and families in the United States and Latin America.

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