Kathryn M Olszowy (Katie), PhD
 Title: Assistant Professor
 Dept: Criminology Anthropology & Sociology
 Office: RT 928
 Phone: 216-687-2419
 Email: k.olszowy@csuohio.edu
 Address: 2121 Euclid Ave. RT 928, Cleveland, OH 44115

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Research Keywords:
Human population biology, biomedical anthropology, medical anthropology, biocultural determinants of health, growth and development, chronic disease, obesity, maternal-child health, health transitions, global health, culture change, urbanization and economic development, health disparities, Pacific Islands, Vanuatu, natural disasters, displacement
Ph.D., Anthropology, Binghamton University, 2014
M.S., Biomedical Anthropology, Binghamton University, 2011
M.A., Anthropology, University of Colorado at Boulder, 2009
B.A., Anthropology, Colorado State University, 2007
Brief Bio:
I am a biomedical anthropologist with teaching and research interests in the sociocultural, evolutionary, and epidemiological dimensions of human health and disease. I am currently pursuing three research streams related to these interests:

1. Ongoing study of health transitions related to economic development in Vanuatu, a South Pacific island nation.

2. Investigation of the role of inequality and psychosocial stress as contributors to obesity disparities between men and women in Vanuatu and in Cleveland.

3. Ongoing study of mental and physical health outcomes associated with population displacement due to a natural disaster in Vanuatu.
Honors and Awards:
2018 Merit Recognition Teaching Award
Teaching Areas:
Biological anthropology, medical anthropology, nutritional anthropology, evolutionary medicine, global health, field research methods, human osteology, forensic anthropology.
Professional Affiliations:
Human Biology Association.
Ohio Association of Public Health.
Community Service:
2012-2013 AmeriCorps Service Member, Cancer Services Program, Broome County Department of Health.
Research Grants:
Exploration Grant, National Geographic Society. Resettlement in low-income countries due to natural disasters: Mental health, non-communicable disease risk, and community health response. Role: Co-Investigator. Amount awarded: $29,982.

Faculty Scholarship Initiative, Cleveland State University. 2018. Investigating the role of stress-diet interactions in the obesity disparity between men and women in vulnerable communities. Amount awarded: $7500.

High Impact Practices Grant. 2017. Implementation of a high impact practice in a first-year course at Cleveland State University. Amount awarded: $1000.

Quick Response Grant, Natural Hazards Center. 2017. Distress Due to Displacement and Repatriation of an Entire Island Population in the South Pacific. Role: Co-investigator. Amount awarded: $2000.

Post-PhD Research Grant, Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research. 2017. Investigation of psychosocial stress as a contributor to sex differences in obesity risk in Vanuatu. Role: Principal Investigator. Amount awarded: $19,985.