Human Biology Association · SoS 178- Modeling Health Outcomes in Pregnancy with Dr. Monica Keith

Cara interviews Dr. Monica Keith, an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Vanderbilt University and Data Scientist who studies longitudinal health and child growth in a biosocial framework. Monica uses Bayesian models to assess predictors of growth and health outcomes and integrates health, socio-ecological, and genetic data to study human variation and health disparities in diverse contexts.

Monica currently works with three ongoing field studies in Dominica, Bangladesh, and Argentina, researching health, growth, and biodemography in rural and Indigenous populations. She also uses data from the NIH National Institute of Child Health and Human Development to address disparities in reproductive and maternal health in the US.

She joins Cara to discuss her most recent work (in review) titled: “Racialized/ethnic disparities in pathways linking social determinants of health, markers of allostatic load, and hypertensive disorders of pregnancy among nulliparous US women.”
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