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Carol M. Worthman

Carol M. Worth­man, PhD, Samuel Can­dler Dobbs Pro­fes­sor of Anthropology; Director, Lab­o­ra­tory for Com­par­a­tive Human Biology, Department of Anthropology, Emory Uni­ver­sity   Web­site  |  Pub­li­ca­tions

Bio: Carol M. Worth­man cur­rently holds the Samuel Can­dler Dobbs Chair in the Depart­ment of Anthro­pol­ogy, Emory Uni­ver­sity (Atlanta), where she also directs the Lab­o­ra­tory for Com­par­a­tive Human Biol­ogy. After tak­ing a dual under­grad­u­ate degree in biol­ogy and botany at Pomona Col­lege, Dr. Worth­man took her PhD in bio­log­i­cal anthro­pol­ogy at Har­vard Uni­ver­sity, hav­ing also stud­ied endocrinol­ogy at UCSD and neu­ro­science at MIT under Jack Geller and Richard Wurt­man, respec­tively. She joined the nascent anthro­pol­ogy fac­ulty at Emory Uni­ver­sity in 1986, and has helped to build its bio­cul­tural focus and estab­lish its lead­er­ship posi­tion in the field.

Pro­fes­sor Worth­man takes a bio­cul­tural approach to pur­suit of com­par­a­tive inter­dis­ci­pli­nary research on human devel­op­ment, repro­duc­tive ecol­ogy, and bio­cul­tural bases of dif­fer­en­tial men­tal and phys­i­cal health. She has con­ducted cross-cultural ethno­graphic and bioso­cial research in twelve coun­tries, includ­ing Kenya, Tibet, Nepal, Egypt, Japan, Papua New Guinea and South Africa, as well as in rural, urban, and semi-urban areas of the United States. For the past 20 years, she has col­lab­o­rated with Jane Costello and Adrian Angold in the Great Smoky Moun­tains Study, a large, lon­gi­tu­di­nal, population-based devel­op­men­tal epi­demi­o­log­i­cal project in west­ern North Carolina.