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Rebecca Scopa Kelso, Ph.D.

Rebecca Scopa Kelso, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Anatomy
Biomedical Sciences

Email: rkelso@osteo.wvsom.edu
Phone: (304) 647-6319
Fax: (304) 793-6884
Lab: B307
Office: A323

 

Education / Training

Ph.D., University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee

Research Interests

My research interests focus on the growth and development of the juvenile skeleton under varying nutritional and health conditions. I approach this research by examining both past human populations and living groups, the latter through clinical studies.

My doctoral work focuses on archaeological human remains, though I am concurrently carrying out a study of the effects of obesity on the morphology of the lower limb. Specifically, my clinical research focuses on the skeletal effects of childhood obesity on lower limb joint morphology.

This research has given me the opportunity to work with clinicians and academics to document ontogenetic changes in the knee joint with increased weight. On a practical scale, understanding the long-term mechanical effects of increased load bearing on lower limb joints during primary growth have implications for treatment.

In addition to having clinical inferences, my research into the effects of childhood obesity on the growing skeleton informs analyses of past populations, in order to better understand the ontogeny of weight bearing on the skeleton.

Lab Members

Rebecca Scopa Kelso, Ph.D. (PI)

Laura Williams, OMS-3

Ryan Stradleigh, OMS-3

Ari Shaeffer, OMS-3

Selected Scholarly Activity

  1. Scopa Kelso, R. 2006 An Analysis of The Pook's Hill Dental Assemblage: Hypoplastic Enamel Defects. In The Belize Valley Archaeological Reconnaissance Project: A Report of the 2005 Field Season, Helmke, Christophe, and Jamie J. Awe, Eds.,pp. 117-133. Belize Institute of Archaeology, National Institute of Culture and History, Belmopan.
  2. LeCount, Lisa J., John H. Blitz, and Rebecca Scopa Kelso. 2005 The Actuncan Early Classic Maya Project: the 2004 Field Season. Technical report. University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL and Belmopan, Belize, Central America.

Recent Conference Abstracts

  1. Stradleigh, Ryan, Laura Williams, and Rebecca Scopa Kelso. 2015 A Predictive Shift: Juvenile Obesity's Effect on Established Predictive Models of Body Mass Estimation. The 127th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Anatomists, Boston, MA, March 28- April 1st.
  2. Thompson, Andrew, Predrag Krajacic, Rebecca Scopa Kelso, Lourdes Bernardino and Jandy Hanna. 2015 An unusual anatomic variant of the cauda equina and spinal nerve roots. The 127th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Anatomists, Boston, MA, March 28- April 1st.
  3. Hanna, Jandy, Rebecca Scopa Kelso, Andrew Thompson, Peter Ward and Karen Wines. 2015 Assessment driven learning: the use of higher-order and clinically integrated questions on gross anatomy practical exams. The 127th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Anatomists, Boston, MA, March 28- April 1st
  4. Scopa Kelso, R., Eleazer CD 2014 You can lead them to water but you cannot make them drink: guiding undergraduate human anatomy students in effective study techniques. The 126th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Anatomists, San Diego, April 26-30.
  5. Scopa, Kelso, R. 2013 Pathology associated with increased body mass in human juveniles. The 125th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Anatomists, Boston, MA, April 20-24.
  6. Scopa, Kelso, R. 2013 The Health and Status of Children from the Middle and Late Mississippian Periods in the Tennessee. 81th Annual Meeting of the American Association Physical Anthropologist Annual Conference, Knoxville, Tennessee, April 9-13.
  7. Scopa Kelso, R. 2012 The Health and Status of Tennessee Children in the Mississippian Period. Symposium: Culture, morbidity and mortality in the Southeast: Current research in bioarchaeology; T. Betsinger, M. O. Smith, M. Harle. Southeastern Archaeological Conference, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, November 7-10.
  8. Scopa Kelso, R. 2012 Will it be a boom or a bust: the last fifty years of juvenile research in physical anthropology and implications for future research. 80th Annual Meeting of the American Association Physical Anthropologist Annual Conference, Portland, Oregon, April 11-14.
  9. Scopa Kelso, R. 2012 Are they really just big boned?: How increased body mass in human juveniles affects bone joint morphology in the lower limb. The 126th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Anatomists, San Diego, April 21-25.
  10. Eleazer CD, Scopa Kelso, R. 2012 "Helping students help themselves: evaluating approaches to studying undergraduate anatomy." The 125th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Anatomists, San Diego, April 21-25
  11. Scopa Kelso, R. 2011 Skeletal indicators of body mass in human juveniles: a preliminary analysis. 79th Annual Meeting of the American Association Physical Anthropologist Annual Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
  12. Scopa Kelso, R., K.D. Driscoll, and B.I. Hulsey. 2009 Shrinkage: an age old problem. 77th Annual Meeting of the American Association Physical Anthropologist Annual Conference, Chicago, Illinois.
  13. Scopa Kelso, R. 2008 Hypoplastic Dental Enamel Defects Among the Classic Period Belizian Maya. 76th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologist Annual Conference, Columbus, Ohio.