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Kathryn McElveen Orzech

About Kathryn McElveen Orzech

Current Employment

I am a postdoctoral fellow in the Chronobiology and Sleep Research Laboratory of E.P. Bradley Hospital/Brown University, under the supervision of Dr. Mary Carskadon


Ph.D., University of Arizona awarded August 2010
Biological Anthropology major
Medical Anthropology minor

Earned a Certificate in College Teaching issued by the University Teaching Center, University of Arizona (required 6 credit-hours of course work and 4 credit-hours of supervised teaching at the college level) (2007)

Dissertation: Adolescent Sleep Patterns, Perceptions and Coping Behaviors (2010). Advisor: Dr. Mimi Nichter

The College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia
Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology, May 1997

Selected Publications

Susan J. Shaw, Cristina Huebner, Julie Armin, Kathryn Orzech and James Vivian. 2009. The Role of culture in health literacy and chronic disease screening and management. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health. December 2009, Vol. 11, No. 6, pp. 460-467

Kathryn M. Orzech and Mark Nichter. 2008. From resilience to resistance: political ecological lessons from antibiotic and pesticide resistance. Annual Review of Anthropology. October 2008, Vol.
37, pp. 267-282

Kathryn M. Orzech. 2007. Notes from the field: a letter from high school. Arizona Anthropologist. Winter 2007, Vol. 18, pp. 105-108

Research Interests

Research Interests
My dissertation combines an "ethnography of sleep" as a way to understand teen lives and cultural ideas and ideals around sleep with a biocultural perspective that asks how sleep, food intake and activity may interact in young (14-15 year old) adolescents.

Another interest  is antibiotic resistance, particularly as it relates to the emergence of MDR and XDR TB.

I was also formerly involved with the University of Arizona's student-run journal, the Arizona Anthropologist. Click here to view that organization's webpage:

Geographic Areas of Interest
Southwest US
North America (general)

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