Young, Alyson

Assistant Research Scientist, Health Outcomes & Biomedical Informatics
Faculty, Institute for Child Health Policy

Phone: (352) 294-8128

2199 Mowry Rd., Room 142
PO Box 100147
Gainesville, FL 32611


  • Ph.D., Anthropology, University of Arizona
  • M.A., Anthropology, The Ohio State University
  • B.A., Anthropology, The Ohio State University

Professional Biography

Dr. Alyson Young is an Assistant Research Scientist in the Department of Health Outcomes & Biomedical Informatics working with the Institute for Child Health Policy and the Texas External Quality Review Organization (EQRO). Her research focuses on social disparities in maternal and child health, caregiver decisions about young child care, and improving access to health services in under-served and marginalized populations.


  • Maternal and child health and postpartum care
  • Environmental health disparities
  • Food and nutrition security
  • Mixed-methods research
  • Social inequality and access to health care and services


  • Young, AG (2017) Risky resources: Household production, food contamination, and perceptions of aflatoxin exposure among Zambian female farmers. Economic Anthropology, 4: 200–212. doi:10.1002/sea2.12088
  • Collings, P, Marten, MG, Pearce, T, and AG Young (2016) Country food sharing networks, household structure, and implications for understanding food insecurity in Arctic Canada. Ecology of Food and Nutrition 55 (1), 30-49.
  • Brewis, AA, Gartin, M, Wutich, A, and A Young (2013) Global convergence in ethnotheories of water and disease. Global Public Health 8 (1), 13-36.
  • Young, AG and IL Pike (2012) A biocultural framework for examining maternal cravings and aversions among pastoral women in East Africa. Ecology of Food and Nutrition 51 (5), 444-462.