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I received my Ph.D. in Health Education from Texas A&M University. Originally from Hampton, Virginia, I received my Bachelor of Arts Degree in Anthropology and French from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. My research examines the relationship between social, cultural, and environmental factors and how they impact the mental and physical health of African American men. My work includes research with depressive symptoms among African American men, their help-seeking behaviors, and how theory can be applied to the design, implementation and evaluation of programs to help African American men seek help for their mental illnesses and disorders. As a researcher, I have also explored the stigmatization of mental illness as well as the mental health disparities that exist among underserved populations. In addition to my efforts to address the nation's plea to eliminate health disparities, I am eager to use my Anthropological background to advance the field of Health Education. Currently I am an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Michigan. Prior to joining the School of Social Work, I completed a NIMH-funded postdoctoral fellowship at the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan as well as a Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's Health (BIRCWH) career development award at the University of Michigan Medical School.
Area(s) of Training
applied anthropology, cultural anthropology, ethnography, medical anthropology, psychology, public health
Area(s) of Expertise
Health Disparities, Qualitative Research, Gender & Health, Men and Mental Health
Most Recent Degree
Current Area of Employment
University of Michigan