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Daphne C. Watkins

Letha A. Chadiha Collegiate Professor of Social Work, University Diversity and Social Transformation Professor, Professor of Social Work, School of Social Work

Daphne C. Watkins

Daphne C. Watkins is a University Diversity and Social Transformation Professor at the University of Michigan who studies: (1) behavioral interventions for historically marginalized groups; (2) mixed methods approaches to research in context; and (3) leadership development and organizational structures.

Centering the strategies for success among historically marginalized groups, Professor Watkins’ research aims to maximize human potential, elevate social experiences, and provide equitable impact in communities and organizations. She is a community-practitioner interested in developing efficient tools and systems that activate positive, strengths-based outcomes for those most in need. Ultimately, she is committed to conducting and mobilizing cutting-edge, use-inspired research to address important social concerns.

Professor Watkins is the founding director of the Gender and Health Research (GendHR) Lab, the Certificate Program in Mixed Methods Research, and the award-winning Young Black Men, Masculinities, and Mental Health (YBMen) Project, which leverages technology to provide mental health education and social support for young Black men. She teaches graduate-level courses on research methods, social equity and equality, and community-based interventions. She also serves on committees and advisory boards aimed at improving men’s health equity both domestically and globally.

Research Interests/Focus

Behavioral interventions; equity; marginalized groups; mixed methods; leadership development; strategy and efficiency; organizational systems


Year Degree   School
2006 PhD Health Education Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
2002 BA Anthropology & French University of North Carolina, Wilmington


The Curtis Center
The Gender and Health Research (GendHR) Lab
The YBMen Project

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