Jason A. DeCaro, PhD
Professor of Anthropology
Curriculum Vitae | ORCID
Jason DeCaro (PhD Emory, 2006) is a biocultural medical and psychological anthropologist and human biologist with interests in human developmental ecology, neuroanthropology, and biolinguistic synthesis. Dr. DeCaro studies the intersection of cultural models, everyday practices, and human physiology in the production of differential well-being across the life course, especially but not exclusively focusing on children. He has been honored as a College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Teaching Fellow (2011-2014), with the 2015 University of Alabama President’s Faculty Research Award, and as College of Arts & Sciences Marilyn Williams Elmore and John Durr Elmore Professor (2019). He also has been recognized for community engagement as co-recipient of a 2015 University of Alabama Council on Community Based Partnerships Award for Outstanding Faculty/Staff-Initiated Engagement Effort.
Questions that motivate Dr. DeCaro include:
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A list of Dr. DeCaro's recent publications can be found here.
Dr. DeCaro’s Developmental Ecology and Human Biology Lab is a biological anthropology wet lab providing a center within the department for biocultural research involving immunological, endocrine, nutritional, and other biological markers. Physiological responses can be used as a “lens” onto the impact of everyday experience. Biomarkers allow anthropologists to consider the socialization of physiological aspects of arousal and the sociocultural contexts of physical and mental health.