Parlee Center for Science and the Common Good

  • Christina Cromwell posing while doing service work in Nicaragua

Christina Cromwell

Parlee Center Alumni Fellow

I am interested in anatomy and physiology, specifically in injury rehabilitation and how the body adapts at the metabolic and muscular level to exercise. The Parlee Center helped me to integrate my scientific interests with my desire to serve others by funding my month-long medical internship in Nicaragua.  

My Major / Minor / Campus Organizations

Health and Exercise Physiology Major / Women’s Tennis/ Phi Epsilon Kappa Honors Society / Tau Sigma Gamma Sorority

My Research

I worked in The HEART Lab under Prof. Deborah Feairheller, where we assessed cardiovascular health by administering exercise tests, fasted blood glucose and cholesterol tests, carotid artery intima-media thickness ultrasounds, and 24-hour ambulatory blood pressure monitoring. I investigated the relationship of carotid artery IMT, blood pressure, and fasted blood glucose and cholesterol levels in males and females.

My Favorite Parlee Center Events

Tyrone Hayes was my personal favorite Parlee Center lecture t. During dinner, he made an effort to get to know us on an individual level, and showed genuine interest in our lives. I was taken aback by his demeanor, because even though he is a leader in his field, he was laid back and down to earth. I also thoroughly enjoyed hearing about his adventures to other countries during his time with National Geographic.

My Parlee Center Fellow Courses

POL-399 (Science and the Common Good); POL-354 (Global Health); PSYC-260 (Mental Health and Abnormal Psychology); HEP-202 (Concepts in Public Health)

My Parlee Center Civic Internship

CSCG Fellow Kevin Monahan and I spent five weeks in the small Nicaraguan village of Limón, as volunteers working with the Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children(FIMRC).

  • When working with FIMRC, I was able to take part in several public health missions throughout various communities in Nicaragua. The project I was most invested in during my month there was the Los Pipitos Pediatric Physical Therapy Center. However, I also enjoyed the prenatal health campaign, diabetes home visits, and shadowing the pediatrician in the FIMRC pediatric office.

Life After Ursinus

I am currently attending the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Duke University.