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Joshua Schrock

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  • Title: Graduate Student
  • Office: Condon 366A
  • Adviser: J. Josh Snodgrass
  • Interests: Human Biology, Evolutionary Psychology, Human Behavioral Ecology, Evolutionary Medicine, Amazonia, U.S.A., India, Mood, Social Determinants of Health, Aging


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

Focus Area

Biological Anthropology (Advisor: Josh Snodgrass)


Schrock is a doctoral student in biological anthropology. His dissertation research focuses on developing and testing a theoretical model for why mood exists and why it varies between and within individuals. In short, this model proposes that mood serves to mediate life history tradeoffs between the investment of energy in immune activation and the investment of energy in energetically costly activities. Testing this model may shed light on how mood becomes dysregulated and why mood disorders emerge. Schrock's ongoing fieldwork for this project takes place among Shuar forager-horticulturalists of the Ecuadorian Amazon. 

He is also involved in research on how dimensions of the social environment such as economic status, financial strain, caste, and religion become embodied and influence health and disease, particularly among aging adults. This research involves projects based in the U.S.A. and India.