Daphne C. Watkins is a 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.
In addition to directing the Vivian A. and James L. Curtis Center for Health Equity Research and Training, 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.
Behavioral interventions; equity; marginalized groups; mixed methods; leadership development; strategy and efficiency; organizational structures
|(734) email@example.com||University of Michigan|
School of Social Work
1080 S. University
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
|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|
|2020||University Diversity and Social Transformation Professor|
|2019||Thought Leader Award for Peer-Reviewed Publications|
|2019||Senior Scientific Advisor for the Campaign for Black Male Achievement|
|2019||Presidential Task Force on Advancing Social and Emotional Development of Black Boys through Research, Advocacy and Community Engagement|
|2018||2018 Outstanding Alumni /award Texas A&M University, College of Education and Human Development|
|2014||Phil Jenkins Award for Innovation in Depression Treatment, University of Michigan Comprehensive Depression Center, Ann Arbor, MI|
|2013-2015||American Psychological Association (APA) Working Group on Health Disparities in Boys and Men, Member|
University of Michigan
School of Social Work
1080 South University Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1106