Adaliss Rodriguez

Graduate Student, Anthropology (Affiliate)

Research Overview

I have great interest in child overweight and obesity prevention/intervention work, broadly. One research question I have concerns the role of fathers in child health and understanding parental constructions of children’s health status within the Latino diaspora. I feel that these are central questions when designing family-centered, community-based child obesity prevention interventions and adopting social policies to best serve and empower marginalized populations.. I hope to serve Family Life Education (a Hartford NGO), specifically at their Child Wellness Center, by training staff on cutting-edge child obesity prevention interventions. Training under Kari Adamsons, expert in the field of Human Development and Family Studies, during college, I explored the similarities between and typologies of younger versus older first-time parents’ role expectations. I later accepted an offer to work with a professor of agricultural economics in Hawai`i, investigating the promise of agro-biotechnology to feed the world. More recently, while conducting ethnographic research Boston Botánicas under medical anthropologist, Lance Laird, and exploring key actors in faith communities addressing sex- and gender- based violence, I have refined my research skills, which will serve me as I continue to work with immigrant populations.


BA – 2010 – Psychology, Human Development & Family Studies – University of Connecticut
MA – 2015 – Master of Theological Studies (Religion, Ethics & Politics; Focus in Global Health) – Harvard University of Connecticut

Featured Publications

Harvard Divinity School. (2015). Interrogating the Silence: Religious Leaders’ Attitudes toward Sexual and Gender-based Violence. Cambridge, MA: Ahmed, R; Street, K; Mandava, A; Cohen, E; Rodriguez, A; Stuart, J; Unruh, A; Weissman, R; Goehring, D.

Rodriguez, Adaliss. Adamsons, Kari. (2012). Parenting Expectations: Younger and Older First-Time Parents. Marriage & Family Review: 48(3), 248-271.

Contact Information
Mailing AddressAnthropology Department
354 Mansfield Road
Unit 1176
Storrs, CT 06269-1176