Joanna Lara is a doctoral student with areas of specialization in medical sociology, quantitative research methods, and sociological theories. Her research interests centers on understanding the pathways and mechanisms through which external social factors shape health and health-related behaviors.
Prior to attending Indiana University, Joanna graduated from Texas Woman’s University in 2014 with a Master’s of Arts in Sociology. Her master’s thesis focused on the health service utilization behaviors of Mexican immigrants in the United States. Her more recent research project examines the relationship between stress and health outcomes (Type 2 diabetes and neurodegenerative diseases) across the life course. During her time at TWU, she taught undergraduate sociology courses including Developing Societies, Current Social Problems, and Social Research, and assisted with undergraduate courses including Introduction to Sociology, Race and Ethnic Groups in the United States, Theories of Crime, and Social Research.
In 2012, she graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Sociology. Her honors thesis examined gender differences in the quality of housing among homeowners in Mexico.
Joanna was born and raised in South Florida (Fort Lauderdale). During her free time, she enjoys long walks with her pets, playing/watching soccer, playing board games, and sewing.