Welcome to the Gender and Health Research Lab

Established at the University of Michigan School of Social Work in 2009, the Gender and Health Research Lab, or “GendHR” (pronounced “gender”) Lab, strives to understand the mechanisms by which socio-demographic, psychosocial, and environmental agents influence the mental and physical health of racial and ethnic minorities, particularly as it pertains to gender differences and gender role socialization. We operate within an environment that is conducive to learning and the exchange of scholarly dialogue. Currently, our projects focus on gender disparities in health; health education and behavior; and the use of social media in intervention research.


The aims of the GendHR Lab are to:

  1. train the next generation of gender and health scholars on how to conduct rigorous research,
  2. increase members’ knowledge about health and gender disparities among marginalized groups,
  3. disseminate models for how to design, implement, and evaluate culturally-sensitive and gender-specific community-based programs, and
  4. communicate best practices for incorporating research into practice.

We welcome your thoughts and ideas as we proceed in our efforts.

Thank you for visiting,

Daphne C. Watkins, PhD

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