SMU Faculty Experts

Carolyn Smith-Morris

Professor of Anthropology

As a medical anthropologist, Carolyn Smith-Morris studies how people in different cultural settings experience health and illness. An  associate professor of anthropology at SMU, her research interests include the study of  chronic disease and disability, particularly diabetes, as well as Dallas' Ebola crisis of 2014.

She has conducted research among the Gila River Indian Community of Southern Arizona, Mexicans and Mexican immigrants, and veterans with spinal cord injuries. Her most recent work has focused on patient experiences of cascading medical problems stemming from diabetes, but worsened by healthcare barriers.

Dr. Smith-Morris received her B.A. in anthropology from Emory University, an M.S. in rehabilitation services from Florida State University, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Arizona.

Can Discuss:

  • global health
  • health ethics
  • chronic diseases
  • diabetes
  • health care barriers

Carolyn Smith-Morris in the News

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