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Linda M. Chatters

Paula Allen-Meares Collegiate Professor of Social Work, School of Social Work, Professor of Health Behavior and Health Education, School of Public Health, and Faculty Associate, Research Center for Group Dynamics, ISR

Linda M. Chatters

Linda M. Chatters is a professor in the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education, School of Public Health and professor in the School of Social Work. She is a faculty associate with the Program for Research on Black Americans at the Institute for Social Research and the Center for Research on Ethnicity, Culture and Health. The focus of Dr. Chatters' research is the study of adult development and aging in relation to the mental and physical health status and functioning of older persons in a variety of social contexts (i.e., the family, church, and community). She is also interested in religious involvement among African Americans and the independent effects of religious, personal, and social status factors on personal well-being. Dr. Chatters' research is supported by grants from the National Institute on Aging. Dr. Chatters is a Fellow, Behavioral and Social Sciences Section of The Gerontological Society of America and has been designated by Thomson-ISI as a Highly Cited Researcher in the Category of General Social Sciences.

Dr. Chatters co-edited Family Life in Black America (1997) and Aging in Black America (1993) and is co-author of the book, Religion in the Lives of African Americans: Social, Psychological and Health Perspectives (2004). Other areas of research/scholarly interest: family social support networks and intergenerational family relationships, the impact of social support and negative interaction impact on well-being and psychological distress. Recent articles include "Use of complementary and alternative medicines for mental and substance use disorders: A comparison of African Americans, Black Caribbeans, and non-Hispanic Whites" in Psychiatric Services; "Use of clergy services among individual seeking treatment for alcohol use problems" in The American Journal on Addictions; "Demographic correlates of psychological well-being and distress among older African Americans and Caribbean Black adults" in Best Practices in Mental Health: An International Journal; and "Emotional support, negative interaction and DSM IV lifetime disorders among older African Americans: Findings from the National Survey of American Life (NSAL) in International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.

Research Interests/Focus

Religious involvement and well-being, social support networks of adult/elderly African Americans, intergenerational family relations, families and health.

Education

Year Degree   School
1983 PhD Psychology University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
1977 Certificate Specialist in Aging Institute of Gerontology, University of Michigan - Wayne State University
1975 AB Psychology University of California, Berkeley
Year Description
2019 Ober, J.A., Chatters, L.M., Watkins, D., Johnson-Lawrence, V. (2019, November). Does Coping Matter? Coping and Chronic Physiological Distress Among Aging U.S. Black and White Men. Presentation at the Gerontological Society of America, Boston, MA.
2019 Nguyen, A., Taylor, R.J., & Chatters, L.M. (2019, March). Objective and Subjective Social Isolation among African Americans with Anxiety Disorders. Presentation at the International Conference for Psychological Sciences. Paris, France.
2019 Chatters, L.M. (2019, April). Being a “Diverse Scholar” in the Academy. Diverse Scholars Dinner: Network for SPhDiversity and Sexual and Gender Diversity in the School of Public Health.
2019 Chatters, L.M. (2019, April). Religion, Spirituality and Health. Presentation to UM-SSW doctoral class SW873: Theories of Change, Daphne Watkins, Instructor.
2018 Cross, C.J., Nguyen, A.W., Chatters, L.M., & Taylor, R.J. (2017, November). Instrumental Social Support Exchanges in African American Extended Families. Presentation at the Annual Conference of the National Council on Family Relations. Orlando, Florida.
2018 Chatters, L.M. Diversity on Campus and Navigating Academia. (2017, November). Presentation to the T32 Program: Training in Developmental Science to Improve Child Health and Well-Being (Alison Miller, Director). Center for Human Growth and Development.
2018 Williams, M., Taylor, R. J., Linda M. Chatters, L. M., Victoria A. Schlaudt, V. A., & George, J. (2018, November). Discrimination, Demographic Factors, and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Symptoms among Caribbean Black American Adults. Poster session at the 52nd Annual Convention of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Washington, DC.
2018 Chatters, L.M. (2018, November). Pathways to the PhD: Negotiating the Academy. Presentation to SW 800: Doctoral Proseminar, Willie Elliott, Instructor.
2016 Nguyen, A. W., Chatters, L. M., Taylor, R. J., & Lincoln, K. D. (November 2016). Church-based and family relationships and depressive symptom types among older African Americans. Paper presented at the Gerontological Society of America Annual Scientific Meeting; New Orleans, LA.
2016 Chatters, L.M. (June 16, 2016). Religious Participation among Adults and Older African Americans. Summer Programs on Research and Mentoring. Program for Research on Black Americans Workshop. Institute for Social Research.
2016 Chatters, L.M. (June 9, 2016). Religion, Spirituality (R/S) and Health. Presentation to the Michigan Center for Urban African American Research Summer Workshop.
2016 Chatters, L.M. (2016, February). Research on families and health. HBHE Doctoral Program Preliminary Examination Group.
2016 Nguyen, A. W., Taylor, R. J., & Chatters, L. M. (2016, January). Social support from family and friends and suicidality among African Americans. Paper presented at the Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference; Washington, DC.
2016 Chatters, L.M. (2016, January). Social support network typologies and suicidality among African Americans. Society for Social Work and Research 20th Annual Conference - Grand Challenges for Social Work: Setting a Research Agenda for the Future, Washington, DC.
2015 Chatters, L. M. (2015, February). Faith matters: research and practice on religion, spirituality (R/S) and health. Grand Rounds Presentation to the Neonatal Brachial Plexus Palsy Unit, University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor, MI.
2015 Chatters, L.M. (2015, November). Research on religion and health. HBHE Doctoral Program Preliminary Examination.
2015 Nguyen, A. W., Taylor, R. J., Chatters, L. M., Taylor, H. O. & Nicklett, E. J. (2015, November). Racial and ethnic differences in social network types among older adults. Gerontological Society of America Annual Scientific Meeting, Orlando, FL.
2007 Chatters, L. M. (2007, June). Public health and social work perspectives on health care. Profile for Success Diversity and Career Development Office University of Michigan Medical School.
2007 Chatters, L. M. (2007, June). Pivotal program for research on Black Americans - Past, present, future: Health disparities - Methodological issues in research on risk & protection. Methodological Issues in Quantitative Research on Race and Ethnicity. ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods 2007 Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research.
2007 Chatters, L. M. (2007, March). Families and health: Roles for health social workers. Presented at SW400: Social Problems and Social Work Today.
2006 Chatters, L. M., & Taylor, R. J. (2006, July). Measurement of religious participation. Presented at the Inter-University Consortium on Political and Social Research (ICPSR).
2006 Chatters, L. M. (2006, June). Religion and health. Presented at the Michigan Consortium for Urban African American Research (MCUAAAR) Summer Workshop.
2006 Chatters, L. M. (2006, June). Publishing in peer review journals. Panel presentation presented at the Michigan Consortium for Urban African American Research (MCUAAAR) Summer Workshop.MCUAAAR Summer Workshop.
2006 Chatters, L. M., Keith, V., & Taylor, R. J. (2006, June). Negotiating the academy. Round table presentation presented at the Michigan Consortium for Urban African American Research (MCUAAAR) Summer Workshop.MCUAAAR Summer Workshop.
2006 Chatters, L. M. (2006, April). African American aging and diversity Distinguished guest lecturer at Duke University Center on Aging.
2006 Chatters, L. M. (2006, March). Negotiating the academy. Presented to the Kellogg Health Disparities Scholars, Institute for Social Research.
2006 Taylor, R. J., & Chatters, L. M. (2006, March). Church support networks of black adults. Presented at the School of Social Work Research Retreat, School of Social Work, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
2006 Chatters, L. M. (2006, March). Religion and health among African Americans. Presented at HBHE 623: Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities.
2006 Chatters, L. M. (2006, February). Religion in academia. Presented at the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
2005 Chatters, L. M. (2005, October). Aging, health and race. Presented at the Program for Research on Black Americans, Inter-University Consortium on Political and Social Research Biennial Meeting, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
2005 Chatters, L. M. (2005, October). Presented at The Michigan Difference Weekend: Church and family networks of older African Americans.
2005 Taylor, R. J., & Chatters, L. M. (2005, September). Religious involvement among older Black Caribbeans. Presented at the NSAL Mini-Conference, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
2005 Chatters, L. M. (2005, July). Negotiating doctoral studies and the graduate school experience. Presented at the Bridges to the Doctorate Summer Program, Center for Research on Ethnicity, Culture and Health Seminar Series. School of Public Health, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
2005 Chatters, L. M. (2005, April). Balancing work and family life. Presented to the Postdoctoral Scholars of the African American Mental Health Research Program and the NIMH Training Grant for the Program for Research on Black Americans, Research Center for Group Dynamics, Institute for Social Research.
2005 Taylor, R. J., & Chatters, L. M. (2005, February). Negotiating the academy. Presented at the Council on Social Work Education Minority Fellowship Program, Fifty-first Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education, New York, NY.
2004 Chatters, L. M. (2004, November). Health and social behaviors among African Americans. Class presented to HMP 675: Sociology of Medicine.
2003 Chatters, L. M. (2003, December). Religion in the lives of African Americans: Health and social outcomes. Presented to the Center for Research on Ethnicity, Culture and Health Seminar Series, School of Public Health, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
2003 Samuel, J. C., Chatters, L. M., Patt, M. L., Beebe-Dimmer, J. L., Cooney, K. A., & Faerber, G. J. (2003, November). Complementary and alternative medicine use among male urology patients: Prevalence and correlates of use. Presented at the 131th Annual Meeting and Exposition of the American Public Health Association, San Francisco, CA.
2003 Chatters, L. M., & Taylor, R. J. (November, 2003). Church support networks of older blacks. Poster presented at the 56th Annual Scientific Meetings of the Gerontological Society of America, San Diego, CA.
2002 Baker, T. A., & Chatters, L. M. (2002, November). Arthritis symptoms as indicators of pain in older African Americans. Presented at the 130th Annual Meeting and Exposition of the American Public Health Association, Philadelphia, PA.
2002 Krause, N., Chatters, L. M., Connell, C. M., Ingersoll-Dayton, B., & Shaw, B. A. (2002, November). Receiving emotional support from parents during childhood: Impact on health and aging. Presented at the 55th Annual Scientific Meetings of the Gerontological Society of America, Boston, MA.
2001 Neighbors, H. W., Chatters, L. M., Hussen, S., Taylor, P., Mattis, J., Taylor, R. J., et al. (2001, October). The use of ministers for personal problems: Findings from a focus group study of African American adults. Presented at the 129th Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association, Atlanta, GA.
2001 Chatters, L. M., Neighbors, H. W., Mattis, J., Taylor, R. J., Coleman, K., Stillman, P. K., et al. (2001,October). Religious effects on health: Findings from a focus group study of African American adults. Presented at the Caucus on Public Health and the Faith Community, the 129th Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association, Atlanta, GA.
2000 Van Olphen, J., Schulz, A. Israel, B., Chatters, L., Klem, L., Parker, E., et al. (2000, November). Religious involvement and health among African American women on the east side of Detroit: A project affiliated with the Detroit Community Academic Urban Research Center. Paper presented at th 128th Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association, Boston, MA.
2000 Taylor, R. J., Chatters, L. M., & Lincoln, K. D. (2000, November). Family and church support networks among African Americans. Presented for the symposium, Is Need Enough?: Additional Pathways to Service Utilization, at the 53rd Annual Scientific Meetings of the Gerontological Society of America, Washington, DC.
1999 Chatters, L. M., Taylor, R. J., Ellison, C. G., Levin, J. S., & Lincoln, K. D. (1999, November). Congregational and clergy support to African American older adults. Presented for the symposium, Beyond Family and Friend: Under-researched Topics in Social Support, at The 52nd Annual Scientific Meetings of the Gerontological Society of America, San Francisco, CA.
1999 Chatters, L. M. (1999, February). The role of family and religion in the health of African Americans. Presented at the Kellogg African American Health Care Project, Health Care Experiences in Southeast Michigan: How the Past Shapes Today and Tomorrow, Detroit, MI.
1998 Lincoln, K. D., & Chatters, L. M. (1998, August). Religion, stress, and psychological well-being among African American women. Paper presented at the Association of Black Sociologists Meetings, San Francisco, CA.
1995 Levin, J. S., & Chatters, L. M. (1995, November). Religion, health and psychological well-being in older adults: Findings from three national surveys. Presented for the symposium, Religion and Health in the Elderly: Empirical Findings and Models of Assessment, at The 48th Annual Scientific Meetings of the Gerontological Society of America, Los Angeles, CA.
1995 Chatters, L. M. (1995, November). African American elderly and families: Challenges and prospects. Presented in the Panel Presentation: Social and Behavioral Research Perspectives, at The 48th Annual Scientific Meetings of the Gerontological Society of America, Los Angeles, CA.
1994 Levin, J. S., Chatters, L. M., & Taylor, R. J. (1994, November). A structural model of religious resources, stress, health, and life satisfaction in African Americans. Presented for the symposium, Religion and Health in the Elderly: Empirical Findings and Models of Assessment, at The 47th Annual Scientific Meetings of the Gerontological Society of America, Atlanta, GA.
1993 Chatters, L. M. (1993, November). Health, religious involvement and subjective well-being among African Americans. Presented at the Department of Human Development and Family Studies, College of Health and Human Development, The Pennsylvania State Univerisity, University Park, PA.
1993 Chatters, L. M. (1993, September). Research on African American caregivers and families. Paper presented at Families at Risk: State-of-the-Art Caregiving for the Elderly in the 21st Century, sponsored by the American Society on Aging and the Department of Veterans Affairs, San Francisco, CA.
1992 Jayakody, R., Chatters, L. M., & Taylor, R. J. (1992, November). Family support to single and married African American mothers: The provision of financial, emotional, and child care assistance. Presented at the Annual Meeting of The National Council on Family Relations, Orlando, FL.
1990 Chatters, L. M. (1990, November). The national surveys of black Americans. Presented at the Pre-conference Workshop: Data on Minority Populations and Issues, Sponsored by the National Archived Computerized Datasets on Aging and the Gerontological Society of America, The 43rd Annual Scientific Meetings of the Gerontological Society of America, Boston, MA.
1989 Levin, J. S., Chatters, L. M., Taylor, R. J., & Jackson, J. S. (1989, July). Religiosity, health and life satisfaction in black Americans. Paper presented at the Symposium on Religion and Mental Health: Current Empirical Research at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association, New Orleans, LA.
1987 Chatters, L. M. (1987, February). Social integration of the black aged. Presented at Understanding and Serving the Black Aged: A Community Forum, Center on Applied Gerontological Research, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH.
1987 Chatters, L. M. (1987, February). Life problem stress among older black adults. Presented at the Seminar Series on Minority Elderly, Graduate School of Social Work, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA.
1986 Chatters, L. M. (1986, November). The family life of older black adults: Stresses and resources. Presented at The Quality of Black Family Life in Boston in the 21st Century, Boston University, Boston, MA.
1986 Chatters, L. M. (1986, September). Subjective well-being among older black adults: Past trends and current perspectives. Presented at the National Institute on Aging Workshop: Aging Research on Black Populations, National Institute on Aging, Bethesda, MD.

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