Kaitlyn Cox conducts research with Professor Vania Smith-Oka, a medical anthropologist. Professor Smith-Oka’s work examines themes such as medicinal plants, motherhood, and reproductive health from a medical anthropologist’s perspective. While Cox is not directly studying anthropology, as she is a psychology, Spanish and pre-health major, she concentrates her research and extracurriculars on global health initiatives. Cox enjoys working as a research assistant for Professor Smith-Oka because it allows her to study themes in medicine through the lens of medical anthropology, giving her a broadened perspective of medicine and global health research. As a research assistant, Cox aids in data transcription from Spanish to English, data input, and data analysis. Most recently, Cox worked on a project examining reproductive health and family planning for indigenous populations in rural Mexico. This year, Cox will be aiding in data input and analysis of data collected on caesarean sections in Mexico.

Additionally, last spring Cox had the opportunity to attend the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) conference in Chicago, IL through a conference grant awarded by the Kellogg International Scholars Program. This conference was a wonderful experience for Cox because she deepened her knowledge on current global health research initiatives. Moreover, attending this conference and talking with global health researchers allowed her to make connections between her research interests in immigrant healthcare and her psychology and Spanish majors.

Pre-Health Studies
Current Research

Research Interests
I am interested in researching factors that play a role in health care inequality in both Latin America and the United States. I am also interested in factors that play a role in health care inequality for immigrants and refugees.

Current Research
I currently work as a research assistant for Dr. Smith-Oka. I help to transcribe interviews from Spanish to English. I am working with other research assistants to analyze data that examines reproductive experiences for women in Mexico.


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