Kristine Chua

UC Santa Barbara
Postdoctoral Scholar

Kristine Joy Chua is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Anthropology at UC Santa Barbara. Her work integrates evolutionary and biocultural perspectives for understanding human pregnancy and maternal-fetal stress biology in populations experiencing social and health inequalities. She works closely with pregnant Filipina women in the Philippines and Filipina American mothers in Southern California. She also examines the role cultural practices play in shaping health norms. Currently, she is exploring how the bidirectional exchange of maternal and fetal cells is sustained during pregnancy, and how the maternal immune system maintains tolerance for these fetal cells using a mixed-methods approach. In addition to her academic work, she maintains her commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion through undergraduate mentorship, partnerships with K-12 educators, and collaborations with community stakeholders. She earned her BS in Psychobiology from UC Los Angeles, her MS in Psychology from Oklahoma State University, and her PhD from UC Los Angeles.


Hotez, E., Yang, G., Chua, K. J., Smith, A., Lee, C., Weimer, A., & Delgado, D. 2023. 
"Preliminary pilot- testing of intimate partner violence screening for transgender and gender non-conforming (TGNC) individuals in Med-Peds and Family Medicine."
Cureus. 15(8): e43983
 Hotez, E., Chua, K.J., Samras, N., Smith, A.M., & Kuo, A. 2023.
"Preliminary pilot testing of social determinants of health screening for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Med-Peds. "
Cureus. 15(5). e38541.
†Chua, K. J., †Knorr, D., *Jimenez, J., *Rojas, V., *Francia, A., *Garcia, J. I., & Fox, M. 2023.
"What do your neighbors think about you? How perceived neighborhood attitudes towards Latinos influence mental health among a pregnant Latina cohort."
Journal of Racial and Ethnic Disparities. 1-12. †both authors contributed equally.
Wiley, K.S., Knorr, K., Chua, K. J., Garcia, S. & Fox, M. 2023.
"Sociopolitical stressors are associated with psychological distress in a cohort of Latina women during early pregnancy."
Journal of Community Psychology, 51(7), 3044-3059.
Chua, K. J., Lukaszewski, A. W., & Manson, J. 2020.
"Sex-specific effects of harsh childhood environment on psychometrically assessed life history strategy: No mediation through developmental timing or embodied capital."
 Adaptive Human Behavior and Physiology. 6(3), 307-333.
Chua, K. J., Lukaszewski, A. W., Grant, D. M., & Sng, O. 2017.
"Human life history strategies: Calibrated to external or internal cues? "
Evolutionary Psychology, 15(1), 1-16.
Clauss, N., Byrd-Craven, J., & Kennison, S. M., & Chua, K. J. 2017.
"The roles of mothers’ partner satisfaction and mother-infant communication duration in mother-infant adrenocortical attunement."
Adaptive Human Behavior and Physiology, 1-17.