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Hilary Bethancourt
Postdoctoral Scholar
Summary Statement

Hilary Bethancourt is a nutritional anthropologist and epidemiologist whose research interests revolve around identifying dietary and lifestyle approaches to preventing chronic diseases and promoting health and well-being at all stages of the life cycle. 

  • Biobehavioral Health - BBH
  • Water, Health and Nutrition Lab
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  • University of Washington, PhD, Biological Anthropology, 2018
Office Address
354G Health and Human Development Building
University Park, PA 16802
  • Global nutrition transitions
  • Diet and chronic disease
  • Healthy growth, development, and aging
  • Evolutionary medicine
Grants and Research Projects

Dr. Hilary Bethancourt's previous research has included studies on the health care decisions of the Tsimane Amerindians in Bolivia, barriers to physical activity among older adults in the United States, the relationship between diet and telomere length among young adult Filipinos, and the health implications of periodic dietary restrictions on animal products practiced by Orthodox Christians in the United States. Dr. Bethancourt is now working in Dr. Asher Rosinger’s Water and Health Lab on projects relating to water security, hydration status, dietary intake, nutrition transitions, stress, and health in Bolivia, Kenya, and the United States.