- Medical Anthropology
- Concepts of Racial/Ethnic Variation
- Medical and Research Ethics
- Culture of Biomedicine
- Health Care Policy
- Health Disparities
- Race and Genetics
- Health Care Systems
DR. HUNT has conducted research both within the US and in Mexico, primarily concerned with issues in health care and health research on Latino and other minority populations, focusing on ethnicity and health, the management of chronic illness, heath disparities, and the culture of biomedicine. In her current research she is examining the ways that health researchers and clinicians view minority populations, particularly how assumptions about cultural and biological difference are manifest in current health policy, interventions, professional training, research agendas and clinical practice. In one recent project she studied how clinicians present the opportunity for prenatal genetics diagnosis to Latinas and how those patients perceive and respond to the offer. In another, she examined how a group of genetic scientists conceptualize racial and ethnic variables in their work, and how these concepts both reflect and produce social constructs of racial and ethnic differences. In her most recent projects, she is studying how clinicians and patients use and interpret concepts of racial/ethnic genetic, socio-economic and cultural variation in their understandings of disease susceptibility and treatment response, and how electronic health technologies may drive clinical decision making and affect the health care provided to diverse patients.
Dr. Hunt currently teaches Overview of Medical Anthropology; Minority Health Research; and Research Methods in Cultural Anthropology
Hunt, L.M., Truesdell, N and Kreiner, M.J. (2013) Race, Genes and Culture in Primary Care: Racial Profiling in the Management of Chronic Illness. Medical Anthropology Quarterly Vol. 27, Issue 2, pp. 253–271.
Hunt, L.M. and Truesdell, N. (2013) Observations on the Tenacity of Racial Concepts in Genetics Research. IN Anthropology of Race: Genes Biology, and Culture. J. Haritigan, editor. Santa Fe, NM: SAR Press. Pp. 83-106.
Hunt, L.M., and Kreiner, M. (2013) Pharmacogenetics in Primary Care: The Promise of Personalized Medicine and the Reality of Racial Profiling. Culture, Medicine, and Psychiatry: 37(1): 226-235.
Hunt, L.M., Kreiner, Meta. and Rodriguez-Mejia, Fredy. (2013) Changing Diagnostic and Treatment Criteria for Chronic Illness: A Critical Consideration of their Impact on Hispanic Patients. Human Organization 72(3)
Hunt, L.M., M. Kreiner, and H. Brody. (2012). The changing face of chronic illness management in primary care: a qualitative study of underlying influences and unintended outcomes. Annals of Family Medicine 10(5):452-60.
Hunt, L. M. & Megyesi, M. S. The ambiguous meanings of the racial/ethnic categories routinely used in human genetics research. Social Science & Medicine 66:2 (349-361). 2008.
Hunt, L.M, and M.S. Megyesi. Genes, Race and Research Ethics: Who’s Minding the Store? Journal of Medical Ethics 34: 495 500. 2008.
Hunt, LM. and KB de Voogd. Are good intentions good enough?: Informed consent without trained interpreters. Journal of General Internal Medicine 22:598–605. 2007.
Hunt, L. M., Castaneda, H. & de Voogd, K. B. Do Notions of Risk Inform Patient Choice? Lessons from a Study of Prenatal Genetic Counseling. Medical Anthropology, 25(3): 193-219, 2006.
Hunt, L.M. and K.B. DeVoogd. Clinical Myths of the Cultural Other: Implications for Latino Patient Care. Academic Medicine 80(10):918-924, 2005.
Hunt, L.M, S. Schneider, B. Comer. Should “Acculturation” be a Variable in Health Research? A Critical Review of Research on U.S. Hispanics. Social Science and Medicine 59/5 pp. 973 986, 2004.
Sankar, P., Cho, M. K., Condit, C. M., Hunt, L. M., Koenig, B., Marshall, P. et al. Genetic research and health disparities. JAMA, 291, 2985 2989, 2004.
Hunt, L.M., N.H. Arar. An Analytical Framework for Contrasting Patient and Provider Views of the Process of Chronic Disease Management. Medical Anthropology Quarterly 15(3):1-21. 2001.