Shir Lerman

Graduate Student, Anthropology (Affiliate)

Research Overview

I study diabetes, depression, and obesity syndemics in Puerto Rico, including the effect of socioeconomic status and violence on health. I also look at the effect of Puerto Rico’s status as a US Commonwealth on Puerto Rican health. Before I started at UConn, I was a clinic interviewer with the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City. I am also interested in mental illness and obesity stigma and in bioethics.


University of Washington, B.A. 2007, Anthropology (major), Comparative Religion (minor)
University of Chicago, M.A. 2008, Anthropology and Comparative Human Development
University of Connecticut, Ph.D./MPH Candidate, Anthropology and Public Health

Featured Publications

Yang, Eric H., Shir Lerman, Ryan J. Lennon, Robert D. Simari, Lilach O. Lerman, Amir Lerman. (2007). Relation of depression to coronary endothelial function. The American Journal of Cardiology, 99(8):1134-1136.

Contact Information
Mailing AddressDepartment of Anthropology
354 Mansfield Road, Unit 1176
Storrs, CT 06269-1176