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Janelle R. Goodwill

PhD Student. Psychology - Personality Candidate

Janelle R. Goodwill

Research Interests/Focus

Janelle R. Goodwill is a PhD candidate in the Joint Program in Social Work and Psychology. Her research focuses primarily on Black men's experiences with mental health, with a specific interest in studying issues related to depression, suicide, and spirituality. In exploring these topics, Janelle plans to conduct intervention and prevention research among underserved populations and communities of color. Janelle currently serves as a project manager for the Young Black Men, Masculinities, and Mental Health (YBMen) Project— a Facebook-based intervention designed to address the unique mental health and social support needs of Black college men. Her work has been supported by Active Minds and the Ford Foundation.

Contact Information

jangood@umich.eduB660 SSWBUniversity of Michigan
School of Social Work
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
(734) 764-5340B660 SSWBUniversity of Michigan
School of Social Work
1080 S. University
Ann Arbor, MI 48109


Year Degree   School
2015 MSW University of Michigan
2013 BA Michigan State University

Goodwill, J. R., Johnson, N. C., & Watkins, D. C. (in press). Adherence to masculine norms and depressive symptoms in young Black men. Social Work.

Goodwill, J. R., Taylor, R. J., & Watkins, D. C. (2019). Everyday discrimination, depressive symptoms, and suicide ideation among African American men. Archives of Suicide Research.

Goodwill, J. R., & Zhou, S. (2019). Association between perceived public stigma and suicidal behaviors among college students of color in the U.S. Journal of Affective Disorders.

Goodwill, J. R., Watkins, D. C., Johnson, N. C., & Allen, J. O. (2018). An exploratory study of coping among young Black men who experience life stressors and mental health challenges. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 88(5), 538-549.

Goodwill, J. R., Anyiwo, N., Williams, E. G., Johnson, N. C., Mattis, J. S. & Watkins, D. C. (2018). Media representations of popular culture figures and the constructions of Black masculinities. Psychology of Men and Masculinity.

Watkins, D. C., & Goodwill, J. R. (2018). Men's health. In K. L. Nadal, S. L. Massula, & D. P. Rivera (Eds.), SAGE Encyclopedia of Psychology and Gender (1156-1160). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Watkins, D. C., Allen, J. O., Goodwill, J. R., & Noel, B. (2017). Strengths and weaknesses of the young black men, masculinities, and mental health (YBMen) Facebook Project. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 87(4), 392-401.

Mattis, J. S., Powell, W., Grayman, N. A., Murray, Y., Cole-Lewis, Y. C., & Goodwill, J. R. (2017). What would I know about mercy? Faith and optimistic expectancies among African Americans. Race and Social Problems, 9(1), 42-51.

Barry, A. E., Jackson, Z., Watkins, D. C., Goodwill, J. R., & Hunte, H. E. (2016). Alcohol use and mental health conditions among black college males: Do those attending postsecondary minority institutions fare better than those at primarily white institutions? American Journal of Men’s Health, 11(4), 962-968.

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