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Lynn Morrison, Professor of Anthropology


MorrisonI received my PhD  from the University of Toronto in Physical Anthropology.  The courses that I teach include Medical, Applied,  and Ecological Anthropology as well as Human Evolution, Primatology, Physical Anthropology Lab, and Culture, Sex and Gender.  I just completed  a 4-year NIH-funded study on women’s  menstrual cycle, sexuality, and well being and another  on menopausal women on the Big Island. My previous research includes HIV/AIDS in Thailand, Canada, and Hawaiʻi. As of Spring 2010, I am currently the department chair of Anthropology. 

Current Research

Selected Publications

  • Sievert LL, #A Reza, P Mills, L Morrison, #N Rahberg, #A Goodloe, M Sutherland, &  D Brown. (Submitted).  Diurnal rhythm and concordance between objective and subjective hot flashes: The Hilo Women's Health Study. Submitted Aug. 27, 2009.
  • Brown, DE, LL Sievert, LA Morrison, #AM Reza &  #PS Mills (in press). Do Japanese American Women Really Have Fewer Hot Flashes than European Americans? The Hilo Women’s Health Study. Menopause. DOI: 10.1097/gme.0b013e31819d88da.
  • Morrison, LA, #L Larkspur, #MJ Calibuso, & SG Brown. (2010). Health and behavioral characteristics associated with menstrual attitudes.  American Journal of Health Behavior. 34(1):90-100.
  • Brown, S, LA Morrison, #M Calibuso, &  #T Christiansen. (2008). The menstrual cycle and sexual behavior: relationship to eating, exercise, sleep, and health patterns.  Women & Health 48(4): 429-444. doi:10.1080/03630240802575179.
  • Morrison, L, #A Reza, #K Cardines, #K Foutch-Chew, & C Severance. (2008)  Determinants of infant-feeding choice among young women in Hilo, Hawaiʻi.  Health Care for Women International 29, (8& 9): 807-825.
  • Brown, SG, LA Morrison, #LM  Larkspur, #AL Marsh, &  #N Nicolaisen (2008). Well-Being, sleep, exercise patterns, and the menstrual cycle: a comparison of natural hormones, oral contraceptives and Depo-Provera.  Women & Health 47(1):105-121.
  • Sievert, LL, LA Morrison, #AM Reza, DE Brown, #E Kalua, &  #HAT  Tefft (2007).  Age-related differences in health complaints: The Hilo Women’s Health Study.  Women & Health 45(3):31-51.
  • Sievert, LL, LA Morrison, DE Brown &  #AM Reza (2007). Vasomotor symptoms among Japanese-American and European-American women living in Hilo, Hawaii. Menopause 14(2): 261-9.
  • Morrison, L (2006).  It’s in their nature: Women’s perception of risk for HIV/AIDS in Chiang Mai, Thailand.  Culture, Health, and Sexuality 8(2): 145-159.
  • Morrison, L (2004). Traditions in Transition: Young People’s Risk for HIV in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Qualitative Health Research 14(3): 328-344.
  • Morrison, L (2004) Ceausescu’s Legacy: Family Struggles and Institutionalization of Children in Romania.  Journal of Family History 29(2): 168-192.

Book Chapters

  • Guruge S, G Donner, &  L Morrison (2000). “Impact of Reform on the Health of Recent Immigrant and Refugee Women in Canada” in Care and Consequences, Diana Gustafson (ed.) pp.222-242.  Fernwood Publishing, Nova Scotia.
  • Morrison L, S Guruge &  K  Snarr (1999).  “Sri Lankan Tamils in Toronto: Immigration, Marriage Patterns and Sexuality” in Gender and Immigration, Debra L. DeLaet and Gregory A. Kelson (eds.) Pp. 144-160. Macmillan Press, Great Britain.
  • Morrison L &  S Guruge (1997). "We Are a Part of All That We Have Met: Women and AIDS" in Confronting the AIDS Epidemic: Cross-Cultural Perspectives on HIV/AIDS Education,  Dr. Davidson Umeh (ed.) Pp. 199-214. World Africa Press: New Jersey.
  • Morrison L , S Guruge, &  K Snarr. (1997). Preliminary Findings of a Study of HIV/AIDS, Identity Retention, and Other Health Issues in a Sri Lankan Tamil Community in South Asian Studies Symposium: A Reader in South Asian Studies, Gillian McCann (ed.) Pp. 1-12. University of Toronto Press.