Doctoral candidate Joycelyn Faraj presents dissertation research at APHA

January 12, 2015

Joyce Faraj, a doctoral candidate in Nutrition with a concentration in Epidemiology, working with Associate Professor of Nutrition Alayne Ronnenberg, was recently invited to present her dissertation work at the 2014 American Public Health Association (APHA) annual meeting held in New Orleans. The APHA meeting, titled “Healthography” brought together public health professionals and researchers from all over the world to present and discuss interdisciplinary public health issues, and this year’s focus was how our health can be affected by where we live.

Faraj’s oral presentation, titled: “Depression is more common in women with vitamin B6 Deficiency: Results from NHANES”, was based on secondary analysis of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, a nationally representative sample of the US female population. Her  research aim is to assess how micronutrient status and inflammation may contribute to the development and severity of depression in women of reproductive age; contributing to the development of new avenues incorporating nutritional status to help prevent and treat depression.

Faraj received travel funds from a doctoral dissertation fellowship sponsored jointly by the Northeast Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (NEAGEP) and the UMass Amherst Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) . She also presented her dissertation work in October at the Society for Advancement of Hispanics/Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) in Los Angeles, where she won a travel scholarship through SACNAS.