Rebecca Schut graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2016 with a BA in Health and Societies and a Certificate in Mandarin Chinese. As an undergraduate, Rebecca worked at the Ortner Center on Violence & Abuse in Relationships as part of a team that coded over 50,000 police reports of domestic violence for statistical analysis. Her own research while at the Center examined the scope, nature, and severity of disputes between parents and their minor children which required police intervention.
After graduating, Rebecca worked in the Department of Radiology at the Perelman School of Medicine, where she managed clinical trials on the screening and management of breast and lung cancers. Her work there led to an interest in understanding how radiological imaging data can be used in conjunction with demographic analysis to assess health outcomes and improve quality of life for underserved populations with limited access to healthcare.
In her doctoral studies, Rebecca plans to examine how socioeconomic and citizenship status influence health outcomes, particularly among migrant populations in China and Latin America, as well as their diasporas in the U.S. She also intends to research exposure to violence and its impact on health, fertility, and mortality outcomes, particularly in populations of undocumented and rural-urban migrants.