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Anna Rivara, PhD, MPH

Associate Research Scientist in Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases); Affiliated Faculty, Yale Institute for Global Health

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Anna Rivara, PhD, MPH



I am an evolutionary anthropologist that focuses on human biology, and the evolution of health and disease in modern populations. My research aims are to better understand how immune and metabolic responses, in association with poverty and gendered pressures, construct non-communicable and infectious diseases in women, and perpetuate poor health outcomes. My background is in Applied Biological Anthropology, Public Health, and African Studies. Currently I work with Yale University's Olaga Research Lab in Samoa studying inflammation, non-communicable diseases, and physical activity. My previous work has taken me to Brazil to study the interactions between parasitism and reproductive health in women of the Kalunga Quilombo, and to Tanzania to study the impact of HIV on children and family structures.

Education & Training

  • Global Health Equity Scholars Fellow
    Yale University (2019)
  • PhD
    University of South Florida, Applied Anthropology (2017)
  • MPH
    University of South Florida, Global Health Infection Control (2014)
  • MA
    University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, African Studies (2009)
  • BS
    University of Oregon, Anthropology (2005)


  • Genome Wide Association Study of Adiposity in Samoans
    New Haven, CT, United States; Apia, Upolu, Samoa (2018-2019)
    Olaga Research study of adiposity and metabolism in Samoa
  • Parasitism and Reproductive health in the Kalunga Quilombo
    Tampa, FL, United States; Brasília, DF, Brazil 2016
    Dissertation Research
  • TAMIHA ngo
    Arusha, Arusha Region, Tanzania 2010
    Volunteer with children and families living with HIV

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Global Health Equity Scholars FellowshipNIH Fogarty Institute2018

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