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Biosocial Embodiment of Intergenerational Trauma

MD/PhD Candidate Jessica Cerdeña examines the embodiment of intergenerational trauma in Latin American migrant women and their infants. Her dissertation project interrogates the relationship between migration-related trauma and current mental health symptoms in mothers who have relocated to New Haven from Latin America. This mixed methods study draws on ethnography to assess how resilience and structural vulnerability influence women’s recovery trajectories and employs epigenetic and hormonal markers to evaluate how trauma affects neuroendocrine programming across generations.