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María José Carrasco-Tenezaca, PhD.     


Research group: Healthy Living Initiative

Areas of research: Healthy environments and lifestyle / Women's health and gender approaches.


Investigacin actual Current research: 

  • Development of new research methodologies applied to the generation of healthy environments.

  • Development of prefabricated materials for the construction of healthy environments in emergency contexts.

  • Evaluation of community spaces and environments from a gender perspective.

  • Adolescent mental health assessment.

Estudios  Education:


  • 2022. Interdisciplinary PhD in Biosciences, Anthropology and Architecture. Durham University. Durham, United Kingdom. 
  • 2018. Maestría en Desarrollo Internacional. Ohio University, Ohio, USA.
  • 2018. Certificate in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies. Ohio University, Ohio, USA
  • 2015. Architecture and Urbanism. Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador.


Cargo actual  Current position: 


  • Associate Investigator at the Center for Research on Health in Latin America.
  • Deputy Director of the Healthy Living Initiative. Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador.



Publicaciones recientes  Recent publications: 


  • Bates, B. R., Carrasco-Tenezaca, M., Mendez-Trivino, A. M., Mendoza, L. E., Nieto-Sanchez, C., Baus, E. G., & Grijalva, M. J. (2023). Identifying Barriers and Facilitators for Home Reconstruction for Prevention of Chagas Disease: An Interview Study in Rural Loja Province, Ecuador. Tropical Medicine and Infectious Disease, 8(4), 228. MDPI AG. 

  • Baus, E.G., Carrasco-Tenezaca, M., Frey, M. & Medina Maldonado, V. E. (2023). Risk Factors for the Mental Health of Adolescents from the Parental Perspective: Photo-Voice in Rural Communities of Ecuador. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2023, 20(3), 2205;

  • Brusnahan, A., Carrasco-Tenezaca, M., Bates, B. R., Roche, R., & Grijalva, M. J. (2022). Identifying health care access barriers in southern rural Ecuador. International Journal for Equity in Health, 21(1), 1-18.
  • Shenton, F. C., Jawara, M., Carrasco-Tenezaca, M., Knudsen, J., D’Alessandro, U., & Lindsay, S. W. (2022). The durability, functionality and acceptability of novel screened doors and windows after 4 years of use in a Gambian village: a cross-sectional survey. Malaria journal, 21(1), 1-9.

  • Carrasco-Tenezaca, M., Jatta, E., Jawara, M., Bradley, J., Pinder, M., D’Alessandro, U., ... & Lindsay, S. W. (2021). Effect of roof colour on indoor temperature and human comfort levels, with implications for malaria control: a pilot study using experimental houses in rural Gambia. Malaria journal, 20(1), 1-10.

  • Majo Carrasco-Tenezaca, Musa Jawara, Mahamed Y. Abdi, John Bradley, Otis Sloan Brittain, Sainey Ceesay, Umberto D’Alessandro, David Jeffries, Margaret Pinder, Hannah Wood, Jakob B. Knudsen and Steve W. Lindsay (2021). The relationship between house height and mosquito house entry: an experimental study in rural Gambia. J. R. Soc. Interface 18:20210256

  • Jatta, E., Carrasco-Tenezaca, M., Jawara, M., Bradley, J., Ceesay, S., D'Alessandro, U., ... & Lindsay, S. W. (2021). Impact of increased ventilation on indoor temperature and malaria mosquito density: an experimental study in The Gambia. Journal of The Royal Society Interface, 18(178), 20201030.

  • Lindsay, S. W., Davies, M., Alabaster, G., Altamirano, H., Jatta, E., Jawara, M., ... & Knudsen, J. (2021). Recommendations for building out mosquito-transmitted diseases in sub-Saharan Africa: the DELIVER mnemonic. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, 376(1818), 20190814.


Books and chapters:

  • Majo Carrasco-Tenezaca, Grupo Artesanal “Los Ceibos, manos que crean”, Risa Whitson and Mario J. Grijalva (publicación Diciembre 2022). Weaving a meaningful place: a participatory evaluation of a community center built in 2013 in southern Ecuador (capítulo de libro).


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