Ph.D., Binghamton University, 2014; Assistant Professor
Office: Breland 304
Link to ResearchGate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Kathryn_M_Olszowy
Dr. Olszowy is a biomedical anthropologist who studies variation, adaptation, and biocultural determinants of health in contemporary human populations. Her specific research interests are in economic development and chronic disease risk, sex/gender-based disparities in obesity risk, mental and physical health outcomes associated with natural disasters, child growth and development, and the biology of poverty.
Dr. Olszowy has pursued research related to these themes in Colombia (2008), the Republic of Vanuatu (2011-present), and Cleveland, Ohio (2015-present). Her current research streams include:
- An ongoing study of health transitions related to economic development in Vanuatu.
- Investigation of the role of gender inequality as a contributor to obesity disparities between men and women in Vanuatu and in Cleveland, Ohio.
- An ongoing study of mental and physical health outcomes associated with population displacement due to volcanic activity in Vanuatu.
Her work was recently featured in this blog post by the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.
Zahlawi T, Roome AB, Chan CW, Campbell JJ, Obed J, Iaruel J, Taleo G, Tarivonda L, Olszowy KM, Dancause KN. Psychosocial support during displacement due to a natural disaster: relationships with distress in a lower-middle income country. FORTHCOMING: International Journal of Public Health.
Van Horn A, Weitz CA, Olszowy KM, Dancause KN, Sun C, Pomer A, Silverman H, Lee G, Tarivonda L, Chan CW, Kaneko A, Lum JK, Garruto RM. 2019. Using multiple correspondence analysis to identify behavior patterns associated with overweight and obesity in Vanuatu adults. Public Health Nutrition. DOI: 10.1017/S1368980019000302
Olszowy KM, Little MA, Pomer A, Dancuase KN, Chan CW, Sun C, Silverman H, Lee G, Tarivonda L, Kaneko A, Weitz C, Lum JK, Garruto RM. 2018. Coming to grips with economic development: Variation in adult hand grip strength during health transition in Vanuatu. IN PRESS: American Journal of Physical Anthropology.
Olszowy KM, Pomer A, Dancause KN, Chan CW, Sun C, Silverman H, Lee G, Tarivonda L, Kaneko A, Weitz C, Lum JK, Garruto RM. 2017. Secular change in adult stature associated with modernization in Vanuatu. American Journal of Human Biology. doi: 10.1002/ajhb.23008.
Weitz CA, Olszowy KM, Dancause KN, Sun C, Pomer A, Silverman H, Lee G, Tarivonda L, Chan CW, Kaneko A, Lum JK, Garruto RM. 2017. Rolling tobacco in banana leaves, newspaper or copybook paper associated with significant reduction in lung function in Vanuatu. Asia Pacific Journal of Public Health. DOI: 10.1177/1010539517696552.
Sun S, Pomer A, Dancause KN, Chan C, Olszowy KM, Silverman H, Lee G, Tarivonda L, Taleo G, Regenvanu R, Kaneko K, Weitz CA, Garruto RM, Lum JK. 2016. Adoption of consumer electronics as a risk factor for obesity during health transition in Vanuatu. American Journal of Human Biology. DOI: 10.1002/ajhb.22928.
Olszowy KM, Pomer A, Dancuase KN, Chan CW, Sun C, Silverman H, Lee G, Tarivonda L, Taleo G, Abong M, Reganvanu R, Kaneko A, Weitz C, Lum JK, Garruto RM. 2015. Impact of modernization on adult body composition on five islands of varying economic development in Vanuatu. American Journal of Human Biology. 27: 832-844.
Olszowy KM, Lavelle J, Rachfal K, Hempstead S, Drouin K, Darcy JM, Reiber C, Garruto RM. 2014. Six-year follow-up of a point-source exposure to CWD contaminated venison in an Upstate New York community: Risk behaviors and health outcomes 2005-2011. Public Health. 128: 860-868.
Olszowy KM, Dufour DL, Bender RL, Bekelman T, Reina JC. 2012. Socioeconomic status, stature, and obesity in women: 20-year trends in urban Colombia. American Journal of Human Biology. 24: 602-610.