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Daphne C. Watkins

University Diversity and Social Transformation Professor, Director, Vivian A. and James L. Curtis Center, Professor of Social Work, School of Social Work, Faculty Associate, Research Center for Group Dynamics, Institute for Social Research

Daphne C. Watkins

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.

Research Interests/Focus

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

Education

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

Websites

The Curtis Center
The Gender and Health Research (GendHR) Lab
The YBMen Project
Year Description
2020 Williams, E. G. & Watkins, D. C. (2020, January). “Black Boys Perceptions of Depression and Mental Health: Findings from the YBMen Project.” Presented as part of the symposium titled: Black/African American Boys in Context. Society for Social Work Research 24th Annual Conference. Washington, DC.
2020 Goodwill, J. R., & Watkins, D. C. (2020, January). Everyday Discrimination and Suicide Ideation Among African American Men: Examining Depressive Symptoms as a Mediator. Society for Social Work Research 24th Annual Conference. Washington, DC.
2019 Goodwill, J. R., Watkins, D. C. (2019, January). Maladaptive Copings Behaviors, Self-Compassion, and Suicide Ideation in Black College Students. Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) 23rd Annual Conference. San Francisco, CA.
2019 Watkins, D. C. (2019, March). Successful Prevention and Early Intervention Strategies Rooted in Social Media. Strategic Discussion on Mental Health for Boys and Men of Color. Mental Health California. The California Endowment, Sacramento, California.
2018 Michigan State University's Making Relationships Work: A Summit on Black Male Academic Success and Inclusion
2018 Watkins, D. C. (2018, January). I Dream a World... Presentation for the 2nd Annual "Brief and Brilliant" Session. Society for Social Work Research 22nd Annual Conference. Washington, DC.
2018 Goodwill, J. R. & Watkins, D. C. (2018, January). Does Adherence to Masculine Norms Predict Depressive Symptoms in Black College Men? Society for Social Work Research 22nd Annual Conference. Washington, DC.
2018 Johnson, N. C., & Watkins, D. C. (2018, January). A Masculinity and Mental Health Scale for Young Black Men: Findings from an Exploratory Factor Analysis. Society for Social Work Research 22nd Annual Conference. Washington, DC.
2018 Goodwill, J. R., Allen, J. O., & Watkins, D. C. (2018, January). What Does Race Mean to Young Black Men? Findings from the YBMen Project. Presented as part of the symposium titled: To be Young and Black: Using Intervention to Examine How Black Parents and Youth Make Meaning of Racialized Experiences. Society for Social Work Research 22nd Annual Conference. Washington, DC.
2017 Watkins, D. C. (2017, July). Turning your mixed methods thesis or dissertation into publications. Michigan Mixed Methods Research and Scholarship Program (M3RSP). University of Michigan Department of Family Medicine.
2017 Watkins, D. C. (2017, October). The gender epidemic: What to do when the diagnosis is clear but the treatment is not. Radcliffe Institute Science Symposium. Harvard University.
2017 Watkins, D. C. (2017, November). The YBMen Project to Improve Mental Health, Masculinities, and Social Support for Young Black Men. University of Toronto, School of Social Work.
2017 Watkins, D. C. (2017, November). The Social Evolution of Young Black Men: Understanding Mental Health, Manhood, and Social Support through the YBMen Project. Black Center for AIDS Prevention (Black CAPTO).
2017 Watkins, D. C. (2017, December). From Angry Black Men to #BlackBoyJoy: The Evolution of Mental Health and Manhood Among Young Black Men. Columbia Populations Research Center. Columbia University.
2017 Goodwill, J. R., Johnson, N. J., Allen, J. O., & Watkins, D. C. (2017, January). How Do Young Black Men Cope with Mental Health Challenges? Findings from the YBMen Project. Society for Social Work Research 21st Annual Conference. New Orleans, LA.
2017 Allen, J. O., Goodwill, J. R., Anyiwo, N., & Watkins, D. C. (2017, April). How race affects mental health of black men: Voice from the Young Black Men, Masculinities, and Mental Health (YBMen) Project. American Men's Studies Association 25th Annual Interdisciplinary Conference. Ann Arbor, MI.
2017 Watkins, D. C. (2017, January). How Does Media Influence Young Black Men's Conceptualization of Masculinity? Findings from the YBMen Project. Society for Social Work Research 21st Annual Conference. New Orleans, LA.
2017 Watkins, D. C. (2017, March). The Nuts and Bolts of Developing a Strong Book Proposal for the Mixed Methods Series. Mixed Methods International Association Regional Conference in the Caribbean. Montego Bay, Jamaica.
2017 Goodwill, J. R., Watkins, D. C., & Mattis, J. (2017, April). Masculinity and Depression in Black College Men. American Men's Studies Association 25th Annual Interdisciplinary Conference. Ann Arbor, MI.
2016 Bidwell, L., Watkins, D. C., Helton, J., & Gioia, D. (2016, November). Mixed Methods in Social Work: Enhancing Education, Research, and Practice. Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Annual Program Meeting. Atlanta, GA.
2016 Watkins, D. C. (2016, April). Family support for psychological distress among older, church-going African American men: A modified mixed methods design. Resource Centers for Minority Aging Research (RCMAR) Annual Meeting, Bethesda, MD.
2016 Watkins, D. C., Allen, J. O., & Goodwill, J. R. (2016, January). A Facebook intervention to improve mental health and social support for young black men: The Young Black Men, Masculinities, and Mental Health (YBMen) Project. Society for Social Work Research 20th Annual Conference, Washington, DC.
2015 Allen, J. O., Griffith, D. M., & Watkins, D. C.(2015, November). It really relies on the wife to get men to eat healthy: African American men's and women's perceptions of how wives influence men's eating behavior and dietary health. American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting, Chicago. IL.
2015 Allen, J. O., Watkins, D. C., & Goodwill, J. R. (2015, November). Black college men's perceptions of mental health and depression: Preliminary findings from the Young Black Men, Masculinities, and Mental Health (YBMen) Study. American Public Health Association (APHA), Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL.
2015 Watkins, D. C. (2015). Invited speaker at symposium, "Young, Gifted and @Risk", School of Medicine, Stanford University, Stanford, CA.
2015 Watkins, D. C.. (2015, January). Symposium Discussant. The doors of the church are open: Contextualizing black churches as a place and space for mental health and longevity among African Americans. Society for Social Work Research 19th Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA.
2015 Akinyemi, E, Watkins, D. C., Kavanagh, J., Johnson-Lawrence, V., Lynn, S., & Kales, H. C. (2015, January). Interpreting language used by older African Americans to describe depression in light of DSM criteria. At the symposium entitled: The doors of the church are open: Contextualizing black churches as a place and space for mental health and longevity among African Americans. Society for Social Work Research 19th Annual Conference. New Orleans, LA.
2015 Mitchell, J. A., Wharton T., Watkins, D. C.. , & Kales, H. C. (2015, January). ’There's no depression in the walk’: A qualitative analysis of how older black women define and discuss depression in the context of their spirituality. At the symposium entitled: The doors of the church are open: Contextualizing black churches as a place and space for mental health and longevity among African Americans. Society for Social Work Research 19th Annual Conference. New Orleans, LA,
2015 Watkins, D. C., Wharton T., Mitchell, J. A., Matusko, N. & Kales, H. C. (2015, January). A mixed methods study of family support and mental health outcomes among older, church-going African American men. At the symposium entitled: The doors of the church are open: Contextualizing black churches as a place and space for mental health and longevity among African Americans. Society for Social Work Research 19th Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA.
2015 Wharton T., Watkins, D. C.. Mitchell, J. A., & Kales, H. C. (2015, January). “’Oh I'm not going to discuss this with him’: Older African-American church community members' expectations of formal mental health care providers.” At the symposium entitled: The doors of the church are open: Contextualizing black churches as a place and space for mental health and longevity among African Americans. Society for Social Work Research 19th Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA,
2015 Mitchell, J. A., & Watkins, D. C.. (2015, January). Self-reported depression and emotional distress for older African American men across intersecting contexts. Society for Social Work Research 19th Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA.
2015 Mitchell, J. A., Shires, D. A., & Watkins, D. C.. (2015, January). Oncologists overlook older African American men's psychosocial needs after a new cancer diagnosis. Society for Social Work Research 19th Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA.
2014 Watkins, DC. (2014, June). Lessons learned from the implementation and evaluation of an online mixed methods research continuing education program for social workers. Mixed Methods International Research Association Inaugural Conference, Boston, MA.
2008 Watkins, D. C., & Neighbors, H. W. (2008, March). Insight before we act: Exploring what "mental health" means to young black men. On the panel titled, A Developmental Look at the Intersection of Race and Gender in Psychopathology of the 2008 Society for Research on Adolescence, Biennial Meeting in Chicago, IL.
2007 Watkins, D. C. (2007, August). Media and cultural stereotypes. Presented at the NIH/UNM Mentorship and Education Program Training Institute in Mental Health Services Research, Albuquerque, NM.
2007 Watkins, D. C. (2007, January). Black college men and mental health: A time for action. Presented at the Southwestern Black Student Leadership Conference (SBSLC). College Station, TX.
2006 Watkins, D. C. (2006, November). Using your past job experience to develop your future career. Guest Speaker for Psychology Course: Citizenship for Engagement, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.
2006 Watkins, D. C. (2006, April). Mental health: It's not really 'health' is it? Presented at the Sterling C. Evans Library Presentation, Texas A&M Univeristy, College Station, TX.
2006 Watkins, D. C. (2006, March). Public speaking and the media. Presented at the NIMH/UNM Mentorship and Education Program Training Institute in Mental Health Services Research, Albuquerque, NM.
2006 Watkins, D. C. (2006, March). Life events and their impact on the mental health of young black men: A qualitative study. Presented at the NIMH/UNM Mentorship and Education Program Training Institute in Mental Health Services Research. Albuquerque, NM.
2006 Watkins, D. C. (2006, March). The mental health of young black men: The impact of stressful life events. Presented at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin Minority Scholars Program.
2006 Watkins, D. C. (2006, March). Choosing a research focus in graduate school. Presented at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin Minority Scholars Program.
2006 Watkins, D. C. (2006, February). Building and maintaining strong mentors. Presented at the Center for the Study of Health Disparities Publication Workshop, College Station, TX.
2006 Watkins, D. C., Sharf, B., Rowell, K., Rivers, D., Roberts-Perez, S., Sarabia, M., et al. (2006, May). Hearing their voices: Issues that affect patient health literacy. Presented at the 2006 Society for Public Health Education Mid-year Scientific Conference, Las Vegas, NV.
2006 Rivers, D., Rivers, B., Green, B. L., Rowell, K., Watkins, D. C., Louis, R., et al. (2006, April). Equipping current and future health professionals through research, education, and training to address health disparities: The CSHD model. Presented at the American Academy of Health Education/American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance Convention in Salt Lake City, UT.
2006 Watkins, D. C., Rivers, D., Rowell, K., Green, B. L., & Rivers, B. M. (2006, March). A closer look at effect sizes and their relevance to health education. Presented at the American Academy of Health Behavior, Carmel, CA.
2005 Watkins, D. C. (2005, October). What can be done about African American college men and depression? Visionary Scholars Presentation, Center for the Study of Health Disparites, College Station, TX.
2005 Watkins, D. C., & Rowell, K. (2005, May). Mental health and minority populations, "Brazos Valley Health" KEOS 89.1, College Station, TX.
2005 Watkins, D. C. (2005, March). Depression among black men in a rural community in southern Texas. Presented at the NIMH/UNM Mental Health Mentorship and Education Program Training Institute, Albuqueque, NM.
2005 Rivers, B. M., & Watkins, D. C. (2005, February). The center for the study of health disparities: Inequalites in health opportunities for change. "Brazos Valley Health" KEOS 89.1, College Station, TX, Radio Interview.
2005 Watkins, D. C. (2005, February). Keeping it real: The truth about graduate school (panelist). Presented at the Black Graduate Student Association, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX.
2005 Buhi, L., Green, B. L., Rivers, B., McWhinney, S., Dorman, S., & Watkins, D. C. (2005, December). Collaboration between a research institution, federally qualified health center, and historically black university: A necessary, yet challenging endeavor. Presented at the American Public Health Association, Philadelphia, PA.
2005 Walker, A., & Watkins, D. C. (2005, October). The role of 'believability' in identifying health information sources on college campuses. Presented at the Southwest College Health Association (SWCHA) Annual Meeting-Regional Conference, Denton, TX.
2005 Watkins, D. C., Rowell, K., Rivers, D., Green, B. L., & Rivers, B. (2005, October). The limited research on African-American college men and depression: A path to solutions. Presented at the National Conference on Men's Health, Atlanta, GA.
2005 Watkins, D. C., Green, B. L., Rivers, B., Rivers, D., & Rowell, K. (2005, March). Depressive symptoms in black men: Using theory to plan a help seeking program for black, male university students. Presented at Student Research Week, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX.
2005 Rivers, D., Rivers, B., Watkins, D. C., Green, B. L., Rowell, K., Louis, R., et al. (2005, December). Self-management education among African-Americans with type II diabetes: A literature review. Presented at the Society for Public Health Education's (SOPHE) 56th Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, PA.
2005 Rivers, D., Rivers, B., Green, B. L., Rowell, K., Watkins, D. C., & Arekere, D. (2005, December). Race-base research: Mayhem or miracle? Presented at the American Public Health Association, Philadelphia, PA.
2005 Green, B. L., Dorman, S., Rivers, B., Watkins, D. C., Rivers, D., & Rowell, K. (2005, December). Development of a research center within an academic setting to coordinate and build infrastructure to conduct health disparities research. Presented at the American Public Health Association Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA.
2005 Delissaint, D., Rivers, D., Green, B. L., Honore, H., Watkins, D. C., Rivers, B., et al. (2005, December). Global health disparities: HIV/AIDS & its impact on human rights. Presented at the American Public Health Association, Philadelphia, PA.
2005 Rivers, B., Green, B. L., Rowell, K., Watkins, D. C., Rivers, D., & Robledo, M. (2005, December). A transdisciplinary approach to career development and training of health disparities researchers. Presented at the American Public Health Association Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA.
2005 Watkins, D. C., Green, B. L., & Stanley, C. (2005, October). The health of African American male students at historically black colleges and universities: Is there limited research? Presented at the 4th International Conference on Urban Health, Toronto, Canada.
2005 Rowell, K., Rivers, D., Watkins, D. C., Rivers, B., & Green, B. L. (2005, August). Perceived racism as a stressor in suicide attempts among African Americans. Presented at the Association of Black Psychologists, Miami Beach, FL.
2005 Watkins, D. C., Rivers, D., Green, B. L., Rivers, B., & Rowell, K. (2005, April). Factors that lead to depression among black men: A systematic review of the literature from 1984 to 2004. Presented at the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) Mid-year Scientific Conference, Boston, MA.
2005 Rivers, D., Rivers, B., Watkins, D. C., Rowell, K., & Green, B. L. (2005, March). Self-management education among African-American persons with Type 2 diabetes: A literature review, Student Research Week. Texas A&M University, College Station, TX.
2005 Watkins, D. C., Green, B. L., & Rivers, B. (2005, March). Depressive symptoms in Black men: Using theory to plan a help seeking program for black, male university students. Presented at the 19th National Conference on Chronic Disease Prevention and Control (CDC), Atlanta, GA.
2005 Rivers, B., Green, B. L., Kohler, C., Watkins, D. C., Rivers, D., & Rowell, K. (2005, February). An Assessment of the relationship of socio-demographic factors, prostate cancer knowledge and perceived readiness to participate in the informed decision making process for prostate cancer. Presented at the American Academy of Health Behavior, Charleston, SC.
2004 Watkins, D. C. (2004, October). Exploring "Human genetic variation and health: New assessment approaches based on ethnogenetic layering" by Fatimah L. C. Jackson. Visionary Scholars Presentation, Center for the Study of Health Disparities, College Station, TX.
2003 Watkins, D. C., Green, B. L., & Rivers, B. (2003, November). Center for the Study of Health Disparities: Inequalities in health, opportunities for change. Presented at the Health Services & Outcomes Research Conference, Houston, TX.

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