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Jessica Cerdena, PhD


With insights from biological and sociocultural anthropology, Jes studies the intersection of adversity and health. Her dissertation project focuses on intergenerational trauma in the Latin American migrant community of New Haven. This research is funded by the National Science Foundation, the Wenner-Gren Foundation, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Jes matriculated into the MD/PhD program in 2014 after graduating magna cum laude from Washington University in St. Louis with an A.B. in International Studies and Spanish. She plans to apply her training as a primary care physician-anthropologist and health policy advocate.

Education & Training

  • PhD
    Yale University, Anthropology (2021)
  • MPhil
    Yale University, Anthropology (2018)