Jessica P. Cerdeña, MD, PhD

Jessica P. Cerdeña

As a medical anthropologist, I am broadly interested in the biosocial underpinnings of health inequities. My book, Pressing Onward: The Imperative Resilience of Latina Migrant Mothers (preorder here), centers the ways Latin American migrant women living in Connecticut press onward—or seguir adelante—past traumatic histories, ongoing structural vulnerability, and the COVID-19 pandemic to create opportunities for themselves and for their children. I also examine the impacts of race-based medicine on minoritized patients. I aim to engage my clinical and anthropological training to address health outcomes for marginalized populations.