Rebecca Scopa Kelso, Ph.D.

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

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

 

Education / Training

B.A., University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas

M.A., University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama

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 current research focuses on archaeological human remains of child burials in both North America and Europe, as well as studying the effects of obesity on the morphology of the lower limb in modern clinical populations. 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)
  • Sara Carder, OMS-2
  • Mathew Coleman, OMS-2
  • Katsiaryna Morgan, OMS-4
  • Phillip Croce, OMS-4
  • Reina Lopez, D.O.
  • Shruti Iyer, D.O.
  • Pejmahn Eftekharzadeh, D.O.
  • John (Jack) Kuipers, D.O.
  • Laura Williams, D.O.
  • Ryan Stradleigh, D.O.
  • Ari Shaeffer, D.O.

Selected Scholarly Activity

 

  1. Scopa Kelso, R., K.D. Driscoll, and B.I. Hulsey. 2020. A dental molding compound: use in non-laboratory environments. Journal of Dental Anthropology, 2020:33(1)17-22.
  2. Scopa Kelso, Rebecca.  2018. Mississippian subadults from the Middle Cumberland and Eastern regions of Tennessee: Biological indicators of population interaction. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 166(2), 417-432.
  3. Eleazer, C.D. & Scopa Kelso, R. 2018.  Influence of Study Approaches and Course Design on Academic Success in Undergraduate Anatomy Laboratory Courses. Anatomical Sciences Education, 11(5), 496-509.
  4. Thompson, A. R., Scopa Kelso, R. S., Ward, P. J., Wines, K., & Hanna, J. B. 2016. Assessment Driven Learning: the Use of Higher-Order and Discipline-Integrated Questions on Gross Anatomy Practical Examinations. Medical Science Educator, 26(4), 587-596.
  5. 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.
  6. 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. Eleazer, C.D., Garofalo, E., Scopa Kelso, R. 2020. Growing during a catastrophe: ontogeny of body size and femoral bone strength in Late Medieval and Post-Medieval Europe.  87th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologist Annual Conference, Los Angeles, April 15-18. (Meeting Canceled)
  2. Lopez, Reina and Rebecca Scopa Kelso 2020. May The Loading Force Be With You: The Association Between Femoral Neck and Knee Angles with Bipedal Walking” WVSOM Alumni and MSOPTI Mid-Winter CME, Charleston, WV, January 25.
  3. Morgan, Katsiaryna, Phillip Croce, Deborah Schmidt, and Rebecca Scopa Kelso. 2019.  Journey into the Minefields: Mining EHR Data. 117th Annual West Virginia Osteopathic Medical Association CME Conference, White Sulfur Springs, WV., Sept. 26-29.
  4. Shruti, I., Eftekharzadeh, P., Kuipers, J., Scopa Kelso, R.  2017. Pediatric Skeletal Bone Growth Rates in the lower limb. Osteopathic Medical Education Conference, Philadelphia, PA, October 7-8.
  5. Eleazer, Courtney D,. Rebecca Scopa Kelso, and Frankie L. West. 2016. Getting the shaft?: investigating midshaft location in immature femora. 83rd Annual Meeting of the American Association Physical Anthropologist Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA, April 13-16.
  6. Eleazer, Courtney, Rebecca Scopa Kelso, F. West, L. Williams, R. Stradleigh, A. Shaeffer. 2016. Getting the Shaft?: Investigating Midshaft Location in Immature Femora. The 128th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Anatomists, San Diego, CA, April 2-5.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.