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Contact Information

Academic School

School of Science

Office

Allied Health 125

Email

christina.fojas@marist.edu

Phone

845-575-3000, ext. 6276

Website/Resume

https://marist.academia.edu/ChristinaFojas/CurriculumVitae

Dr. Christina Fojas

Assistant Professor

Bio

Christina Fojas joined the Marist faculty in 2016. Trained as a biological anthropologist, Dr. Fojas has worked with the Office of Chief Medical Examiner of New York to identify victims from September 11, 2001, conducted archaeological fieldwork in Sudan, and trained Evidence Response Team members from the FBI on recovery techniques to locate and excavate clandestine graves. She has participated in the outdoor recovery and laboratory analysis of over 20 forensic cases in New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee. Prior to Marist, Dr. Fojas was a Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine. At Marist, she is the Director of the Gross Anatomy Laboratory, teaching gross anatomy to Physical Therapy and Physician Assistant graduate students and anatomy and anthropology classes to undergraduates.


Education

PhD, Anthropology, University of Tennessee
MS, Forensic and Biological Anthropology, Mercyhurst University
BA, Anthropology, New York University


Research Interests/Areas of Focus

Skeletal biology, human anatomy, medical education, forensic anthropology, bioarchaeology


Selected Publications

Fojas CL, Kim J, Minsky-Rowland JD, Algee-Hewitt BFB. (2018). Testing Inter-observer Reliability of the Transition Analysis Aging Method on the William M. Bass Forensic Skeletal Collection. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 165(1):183-193 doi.org/10.1002/ajpa.23342. 

Fojas CL, Cabo LL, Passalacqua NV, Rainwater CW, Puentes K, Symes SA. (2015). The Utility of Spatial Analysis in the Recognition of Normal and Abnormal Patterns in Burned Human Remains. In: Passalacqua NV, Rainwater CW, editors. Skeletal Trauma Analysis: Case Studies in Context. West Sussex: Wiley. p. 204-221.


Selected Presentations

Fojas, CL. (2017). Heterogeneity in Oral Health in Middle Tennessee during the Mississippian Period. American Journal of Physical Anthropology S64:182.

Fojas, CL. (2016). Physiological stress in the Middle Cumberland Region of Tennessee: Mortality and survivorship differences during the Mississippian Period. American Journal of Physical Anthropology S62:146.

Fojas CL, Collins S, Shirley NR. (2015). Radiographic Versus Dry Bone Assessment of Sacral Epiphyses. The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology Journal 29:866.9.

Fojas CL, Kim J, Minsky-Rowland JD, Algee-Hewitt B. (2015). Testing Inter-observer Reliability of the Transition Analysis Aging Method on the William M. Bass Skeletal Collection. Proceedings of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences 21: 127-128.

Fojas CL. (2014). Developmental Changes in Cross-sectional Geometry of the Mandibular Corpus. The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology Journal 28: 918.23

Mileusnic-Polchan D, Fojas CL, Steadman DW, Marks MK. (2013). Postmortem Redistribution and Necrokinetics of Amphetamine, Cocaine, Morphine, and Oxycodone During Post-Embalming Decomposition. Proceedings of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences 19: 552.

Fojas CL, Shirley NR, Passalacqua NV. (2012). Investigation into human sacral fusion with regard to skeletal age. American Journal of Physical AnthropologyS54:145.

Passalacqua NV, Vollner JM, Fojas CL. (2012). Subadult Age-at-death Estimation from Human Metatarsals. Proceedings of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences 18: 387.

Fojas CL, Rainwater CW, Cabo LL, Symes SA. (2011). Using Spatial Analysis to Recognize Normal and Abnormal Patterns in Burned Bodies. Proceedings of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences 17: 367-368.

Fojas CL. (2010). A Radiographic Assessment of Age Using Distal Radius Epiphysis Presence in a Modern Subadult Sample. Proceedings of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences 16: 371-372.


Awards and Honors

Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, Honorable Mention
Wenner-Gren Foundation Dissertation Fieldwork Grant