Dr. Christina Fojas
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, and was a Research Assistant at the University of Tennessee's Anthropological Research Facility (The Body Farm).
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 physiology labs to undergraduates.
PhD, Anthropology, University of Tennessee
MS, Forensic and Biological Anthropology, Mercyhurst University
BA, Anthropology, New York University
Research Interests/Areas of Focus
My interest in student learning drives research projects related to self-regulated learning, metacognition, learning approaches, and learning environment, drawing on the disciplines of cognitive psychology and the scholarship of teaching and learning. These research interests involve use of assessment tools like the Metacognitive Awareness Inventory (MAI), Learning Approaches and Study Strategies Inventory (LASSI), and the Revised Approaches to Studying Inventory (RASI), as well as the development and validation of a new inventory to measure the learning environment of physical therapy programs. Additionally, I'm exploring the use of dynamic 3D-printed anatomy models to enhance the student learning experience.
Fojas CL. (2022). Abandonment of the Middle Cumberland Region of Tennessee During the Mississippian Period: Temporal and Sex Differences in Survivorship. American Journal of Biological Anthropology 177(3): 425-438. https://doi.org/10.1002/ajpa.24446
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.
Fojas CL. (2022, April). The Relationship between Gross Anatomy Performance and the Learning and Study Strategies Inventory (LASSI) Among Physician Assistant Students. Platform Presentation at the American Association for Anatomy at Experimental Biology Conference, Philadelphia, PA. https://doi.org/10.1096/fasebj.2022.36.S1.R3670
Rompolski K, Fojas CL, Taylor MA, Countess T. (2022, April). How Do Physical Therapists Perceive Anatomy Education? Poster Presentation at the American Association for Anatomy at Experimental Biology Conference, Philadelphia, PA. https://doi.org/10.1096/fasebj.2022.36.S1.0R724
Fojas, CL. (2021, April). Anatomy Performance and Strategic, Deep, and Surface Approaches Among Physician Assistant Students. Poster Presentation at the American Association for Anatomy at Experimental Biology Conference. https://doi.org/10.1096/fasebj.2021.35.S1.02711
Sage-King, FM; Fojas CL; Thomas, S; Grubler A. (2021, October). Content Validity of a New Tool for Evaluating Learning Environment in Doctor of Physical Therapy Programs. Poster Presentation at Educational Leadership Conference of the American Physical Therapy Association, Atlanta, GA.
Fojas, CL. Learning Approaches and Anatomy Performance of Doctor of Physical Therapy students. (2020, October). Poster Presentation at American Association of Clinical Anatomists/Human Anatomy and Physiology Society Fall Regional Meeting.
Fojas, CL. (2017, April). Heterogeneity in Oral Health in Middle Tennessee during the Mississippian Period. American Journal of Physical Anthropology S64:182.
Fojas, CL. (2016, April). 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, April). Radiographic Versus Dry Bone Assessment of Sacral Epiphyses. The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology Journal 29:866.9. https://doi.org/10.1096/fasebj.29.1_supplement.866.9
Fojas CL, Kim J, Minsky-Rowland JD, Algee-Hewitt B. (2015, February). 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, April). Developmental Changes in Cross-sectional Geometry of the Mandibular Corpus. The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology Journal 28: 918.23 https://doi.org/10.1096/fasebj.28.1_supplement.918.23
Mileusnic-Polchan D, Fojas CL, Steadman DW, Marks MK. (2013, February). 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, April). Investigation into human sacral fusion with regard to skeletal age. American Journal of Physical Anthropology S54:145.
Passalacqua NV, Vollner JM, Fojas CL. (2012, February). 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, February). 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