Professor Szkupinski Quiroga is a child of immigrants, born and raised in the Los Angeles area. The first in her immediate family to attend university, she left California to do graduate work at Johns Hopkins University and a brief stint in the U.S. Public Health Service. She then returned to her home state where she received her doctorate in medical anthropology from the joint program of the University of California at San Francisco's Department of Anthropology, History, and Social Medicine and Berkeley's Department of Anthropology. She is the director of ASU CAMP Scholars Project and an affiliate research faculty member with the Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center.
Ph.D. Medical Anthropology, University of California-San Francisco (Department of Anthropology, History, and Social Medicine) and University of California-Berkeley (Department of Anthropology)
As a medical anthropologist, Dr. Szkupinski Quiroga is committed to community based participatory research, and a research focus on health disparities and the lived experience of illness among vulnerable populations as revealed through narratives. She has been engaged in Latino health research since the early 1990s with a special interest in ethnic and cultural responses to health problems. Issues her research has addressed include include the socio-psychological effects of anti-immigrant legislation, culture-centric nutrition education, chronic disease and aging, the perceptions of physician treatment by abused immigrant women, the dynamics of donor insemination practices , infertility and social support, and the association of living arrangements and dietary quality.
More recently, she has collaborated with ASU faculty to examine familial, peer and environmental influences on diet, physical activity and obesity risk. A related project collected migration and coping narratives from long-term residents of South Phoenix at a time of political and economic uncertainty.
Dr. Szkupinski Quiroga is a lead scientist of the Cultural Engagements with Nutrition, Arts and Science (CENAS) working group, which is developing, implementing and evaluating innovative curriculum. She is also leading efforts to develop culturally appropriate metrics of food environments as a more effective way of evaluating nutritional quality among Latino populations. In particular, she is interested in objective measures that identify strengths as well as points of intervention, and integrate consideration of walkability, food advertising, and other factors amenable to change.
Price, J., Lee, S., and Szkupinski Quiroga. S. 2000. Violence Against Women And Girls In San Francisco: Meeting The Needs Of Survivors. Commission on the Status of Women, City and County of San Francisco, CA.
American Anthropological Association
American Ethnological Society
Association for Feminist Anthropology
Association of Latina and Latino Anthropologists
National Association of Chicana/o Studies
Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social
Society for Medical Anthropology