Ph.D. Student, Demography & Sociology, University of Pennsylvania
B.A., Health and Societies, University of Pennsylvania, 2016
Rebecca Schut graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2016 with a BA in Health and Societies and a Certificate in Mandarin Chinese. As an undergraduate, Rebecca worked at the Ortner Center on Family Violence as part of a team that coded over 50,000 police reports of domestic violence for statistical analysis. Her own research while at the Center examined the scope, nature, and severity of disputes between parents and their minor children which required police intervention. This work has been submitted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.
After graduating in 2016, Rebecca worked in the Department of Radiology at the Perelman School of Medicine, where she managed clinical trials on the screening and management of breast and lung cancers. Her work there led to an interest in understanding how electronic medical record and radiological imaging data can be used in conjunction with demographic analysis to assess health outcomes and identify how underserved and immigrant populations access and navigate the healthcare system.
In her doctoral studies, Rebecca plans to examine how socioeconomic and immigrant status influence health outcomes among Latin American immigrant populations in the United States. She also intends to research how exposure to violence impacts health, fertility, migration, and mortality outcomes in Latin American immigrant groups residing in the U.S.