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Joshua Schrock

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  • Title: Doctoral Candidate
  • Phone: 541-346-5109
  • Office: Condon 365B
  • Interests: Human Adaptation, Emotion, Bioenergetics, Life History, Health
  • Website: Website


B.A., Ohio State University (2011); M.P.H., Emory University (2013)

Focus Area

Biological Anthropology (Advisor: J. Josh Snodgrass)


My work focuses on the evolution and ecology of the emotions. I develop theoretical models of the selection pressures that produce emotions, the environmental cues that induce emotions, and the physiological mechanisms through which emotions operate. I then test the predictions of these models using a combination of fieldwork, laboratory analyses, large-scale population based datasets, and cross-species comparative studies. 
In my applied research, I study how social inequality becomes physiologically embedded and produces health disparities. I strive to merge my interests in emotion and health by producing research that lays the groundwork for novel approaches to promoting mental health. I am particularly interested in structural interventions such as redesigning built environments and altering workplace organization.