Wayne State University

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Andrea Nevedal

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Office Location
226 Knapp Bldg
Office Phone
Research Focus

Primary Focus

  • Socio-cultural aspects of health and illness in lifespan view
    International Health
  • Public Health & Infectious Disease
  • Disability and Minorities, Reproductive Health.

Specific Focus

  • Older Adults and HIV
  • African Americans and HIV
  • Women's Health
  • Childhood Obesity
  • Deaf Culture
  • Master's Degree in Anthropology (Medical Anthropology Concentration) Wayne State University , Detroit, Michigan . Expected graduation: Winter 2005. Community Medicine Certificate, Wayne State University , Detroit, Michigan . (Five core classes related to community health topics and research). Expected graduation: Fall 2006.
  • Bachelor's Degree in Anthropology, Wayne State University , Detroit, Michigan . Graduation with honors, magna cum laude, from Wayne State University May 2002

International Training and Activities

  • Himalayan Health Exchange Summer 2004, . Selected for specialized program limited to 16 people for cultural and physical terrain in Northern India . Team members were selected from applicants in and Europe .

Specialized training

  • Tibetan culture: herbal medicine, religion, art (Visited the home of the 14th Dalai Lama)
  • Hinduism: met with local yogis and visited temples
  • Buddhism: visited monasteries and meditation caves

Skills acquired

  • Cultural diversity training
  • Team work
  • Problem solving
  • Being flexible

Health Care Clinic Spring 1997, Las Pacayas, Guatemala

The Las Pacayas team was limited to 18 people because of extreme mountainous terrain. Prior to travel, trained to receive onsite clinical training and also group skills and knowledge to strengthen relationships among team members.

Clinical Duties

  • Primary Role was pharmacist assistant: filling prescriptions, preparing liquid suspensions, and developing culturally sensitive and relevant packaging of medicine for people who were illiterate.
  • Secondary role was pulling teeth in the dentist office and checking pregnancy tests in the lab. Team responsibilities/accomplishments:
  • Provided free medical services for over two thousand people during a period of two weeks (health screenings, injections, respiratory treatments, and medications).
  • Dental services (cleanings, fillings, and extractions)
  • Vision screenings/eye glasses
  • Culturally sensitive and relevant health education to reduce illness and to promote wellness
  • Emergency veterinary care: helped a sow with a complicated delivery involving living and stillbirths.
Professional Service

Research and Research Training

Project Data Manager (October 2002-Present)

Project title: HAART Adherence among HIV+ African Americans,Funded by NIAID: Grant # RO1AI49113; $3,119,668; 5 years. Principal Investigator: Andrea Sankar, Ph.D.

Responsibilities include:

Codebook development and assisting in active coding of interview transcripts.
Formulating hypotheses and identified patterns in the data set and presented to Principal Investigator.Assist Project Statistician, and devised computerized database to organize, maintain, and track clinic and interview data.
Subject Recruitment: screened subjects over the telephone, follow up phone calls, tracking to reduce retention.
Prepared annotated bibliography for conferences and manuscripts.
Training in team based analysis and inter-coder reliability.

Data Analyst(October 2002)

Project title: Adult Onset Mobility Loss (AOML)

Principal Investigator: Mark Luborsky, Ph.D.

Completed specialized training in individual and team-based multiple data analytic methods for open-ended and structured interview data.
Assisted the research team at the Institute of Gerontology in Pile Sorting, a qualitative data analysis technique for papers presented at national conference.
Developed computerized database to analyze and display results.

Honors and Awards
  • Pre-doctoral Training Program/Fellowship in Aging and Urban Health, Institute of Gerontology , Wayne State University (August 2004).
  • Ford EEOC Scholarship (Fall 2004-2005)
  • Graduate Professional Scholarship (Fall 2004-2005) declined
  • President's Coalition On the Status of Women Travel Stipend (April 2004)
  • Graduate Professional Scholarship (Fall 2003-Winter 2004)
  • Board Of Governors Grant (Fall 2003-Winter 2004)
  • Graduate Professional Scholarship (Fall 2002-Winter 2003)
  • Golden Key Honor Society, inducted in 2000, a society for college students who demonstrate a high level of academic achievement.

Nevedal, A., Luborsky, M., Sankar, A. 2004. "Dynamics of Elderly African Americans Adherence to HIV Treatment & Health Promotion." (Abstract prepared for submission to annual Gerontological Society of America conference, Washington, DC .)

  • Centennial Year 2002 Review of Seminal articles for Public Anthropology. Three comprehensive summaries invited by the national American Anthropological Association and Wayne State department of anthropology. I was responsible for writing comprehensive summaries of seminal articles in the history of the field. Peer reviewed and web published.
  • Nevedal, A. 2002. "Summary of Kiefer, W. Christine. The Psychological Interdependence of Family, School, and Bureaucracy in ." American Anthropologist 1970 Vol.72:66-75. www.publicanthropology.org
  • Nevedal, A. 2002. "Summary of: Lasker,W. Gabriel. Physical Anthropology: The Search for General Processes and principles." American Anthropologist 1970 Vol.72: 1-8. www.publicanthropology.org
  • Nevedal, A. 2002. "Summary of: "Witherspoon, Gary . A New Look at Navajo Social Organization." American Anthropologist 1970 Vol.72:52-65. www.publicanthropology.org
Teaching Experience

Guest Lecturer

"Qualitative Methods" (Fall 2003, Graduate course) Dr. Sherri Briller. Conducted lecture and guided discussion teaching about culture and health in Northern India and the nature of travel experiences in Northern India . Topics included: preparing for international travel (immunizations, funding), unexpected problems can occur while traveling (landslides, melting glaciers), and issues in culturally appropriate dress, behavior and speech.


  • Experienced mentor and tutor for children with special needs (i.e., bipolar, multiple learning disabilities.)
  • Cultivated a stable, nurturing, and educational environment to utilize children's strengths and to promote success
  • Focused on innovative and flexible techniques to reduce children's stress, enhance self-esteem, and strengthen interpersonal skills
    Barat House, a residential/foster care home for teenage girls (ages 13-18)
  • Designed art projects and activities for an art therapy project to help promote a creative outlet and positive learning experience for the girls. (December 2001 - March 2002)

    Computer Education Training

    Taught senior adults basic skills needed to access and explore the Internet and other computer programs. (August 2001 - November 2001)

Community Service

  • Race For The Cure, Detroit Michigan. Participant in 5K walkathon to help raise money for breast cancer research. (June 2004)
  • Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Michigan. Participant in three mile walkathon and helped raise two thousand dollars for cancer research. (September 2001)
  • St. Aloysius Church in Detroit. Distributed food to the elderly and the homeless at a summer block party. Prepared bag lunches for the warming center that serves homeless people. (July 2001)

Special Interests/Recognitions

  •  MICHIGANOW! Art Exhibit at The Michigan Institute for the Arts (MIA). Displayed ceramic covered jar. (November 2002) (View online at www.detroitmona.com/MICHIGANOW!.htm)
  • 2002 Student Art Show at Wayne State University. Displayed a porcelain covered jar and a terra cotta covered jar.