Texas Applied Anthropology Summit

Building bridges to facilitate new conversations and collaborations around applied anthropology


emily brunson

Assistant Professor

Texas State University

Emily Brunson is an assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology at Texas State University. As a medical anthropologist Emily is primarily interested in using her training in methods and theory to solve real world health issues. She has worked on a variety of projects including studies of childhood vaccination in Washington State and access to health care in Texas. Emily has a PhD in Anthropology and an MPH in Epidemiology from the University of Washington, and a BS in Anthropology and Biology from Utah State University.

nicole Taylor

Associate Professor

Texas State University

Nicole Taylor is an associate professor in the Department of Anthropology at Texas State University. Her research interests include teasing and bullying in schools, childhood obesity, and body image concerns among youth. Following graduate school, Nicole worked in the nonprofit sector conducting research in the areas of substance abuse, education and poverty, childhood obesity, and school climate. Most recently, she served as director of Scholar Programs at the School for Advanced Research. Nicole holds a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Arizona, an MA in English from Texas A&M, and a BA in English from Texas State University.

Reyda Taylor


PKE Insights


Reyda Taylor is the owner of PKE Insights, based in Austin, Texas, and specializes in UX research, program evaluation, exploration/discovery, and usability testing. Prior to starting her business, Reyda worked for Shore Research where, as a Senior Researcher, she managed the full life-cycle of research and evaluation projects for clients in the non-profit and education arenas. Reyda got her professional start as the Research and Evaluation Specialist at the Girl Scouts of Citrus in Orlando, FL. Reyda has a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Florida.