Kimberly P Garza, MPH
1007 W. Harrison Street
I am a biocultural anthropologist and my work examines how daily social interactions influence stress levels and health status in adolescent girls. Specifically, my work considers how girls use social interactions to define status and social hierachies within middle school where bullying is prevalent and may directly contribute to negative health outcomes.
Real Lives True Stories is my dissertation research project. This project worked with 6th - 8th grade girls in Mississippi to gather ethnographic and biomarker data on girls' relationships and stress. Additionally, I developed a project called, "Who Am I?" that focused on the girls' self-identification of what and who defines their identities.
University of Illinois at Chicago, Chancellor's Fellowship, Principal Investigator
University of Illinois at Chicago Sociology Department, Rue Bucher Memorial Award, Principal Investigator
University of Illinois at Chicago, Provost Award, Principal Investigator
Shepherd-Manandhar, S, Garza, KP, Coumbe-Lilley, J. (2018). Teaching at UIC: A practical manual for instructors and teaching assistants. University of Illinois at Chicago. http://grad.uic.edu/sites/default/files/pdfs/UIC_Practical_TA_Manual_Shepherd-Manandhar_Garza_Coumbe-Lilley%20_012018.pdf
Vesco, A, Garza, KP, Jedraszko, A, Weissberg-Benchell, J. (2018). Continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) associated with less diabetes-specific emotional distress and lower A1c among adolescents with type 1 diabetes. Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology.
Garza, KP, Jedraszko, A, Weil, LEG, Naranjo, D, Barnard, KD, Laffel, L, Hood, KK, Weissberg-Benchell, J.(2018). Automated Insulin Delivery Systems: Hopes and Expectations of Family Members. Diabetes Technology and Therapeutics.
Feldman, M., Anderson, L.M., Shapiro, J., Jedraszko, A., Evans, M., Weil, L., Garza, K., & Weissberg-Benchell, J. (2018). Family-Based Interventions Targeting Improvements in Health and Family Outcomes of Children and Adolescents with Type 1 Diabetes: A Systematic Review. Current Diabetes Reports.
Asada Y and Garza K. (2015). Implementing snack food policies in schools: a multiple case study analysis. SAGE Research Methods Cases. London, United Kingdom: SAGE Publications, Ltd. Doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/978144627305014556975
Asada Y and Garza K. (2014). School Food Environments – If not evidence, then ethics? Journal of Science, Policy & Governance, Healthy Food Policy.
Service to Community
7th Grade Mentor, Wood Family Foundation, 2018-2019
2017, Graduate Student Mentoring Award, University of Illinois at Chicago
University of Illinois at Chicago, PhD Candidate in Anthropology
University of Illinois at Chicago, MA and MPH
Northwestern University, BS in Anthropology
Licensures and Certifications
Certification in Graduate Teaching, University of Illinois at Chicago
CITI Program Certified (Group 1 and 2)
Good Clinical Practices Certified. by ACRP
Human Biology Association, Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children, American Public Health Association
2018 KPGarza, A Jedraszko, D Naranjo, K Barnard, L Laffel, K Hood, & J Weissberg-Benchell, (2018). Measuring trade-offs: patient’s reports regarding pros versus cons when considering an automated insulin delivery system. Poster presented at the 11th International Conference on Advanced Technologies & Treatments for Diabetes, Vienna, Austria.
2014 KP Garza and K Tucker. (2014). Conflict, communication and culture: anti-bullying program development for K-6thgraders in Mississippi. 39th Annual Meeting: Human Biology Association. American Journal of Human Biology, 26(2), 235-288. http://doi.org/10.1002/ajhb.22508. Human Biology Association Annual Meeting, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
2014 KP Garza and K Tucker. (2014).Conflict, communication and culture: anti-bullying program development for K-6thgraders in Mississippi.2ndSecond City Anthropology Conference. University of Illinois at Chicago. Oral Presentation
2012 KP Garza, M Shepherd, ET Abrams, & WR Leonard. (2012). Stressing Out: Stress and adolescent nutritional health in Mississippi. 37th Annual Meeting: Human Biology Association. American Journal of Human Biology, 24(2), 201–252. Portland, OR, Oral Presentation
2011 KP Garza, M Shepherd& WR Leonard. (2011). Home Sweet Home: Stress and Health in Mississippi Adolescents with Metabolic Syndrome or Type 2 Diabetes. Obesity 2011. 29thAnnual Scientific Meeting of the Obesity Society. Orlando, FL, Poster Presentation