Jessica Cerdeña


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.

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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