• August 20, 2017 :: The GendHR Lab is pleased to welcome new members this fall, Shanna Katz Kattari and Yun Chen!
  • August 10, 2017 :: Dr. Watkins received a new grant to implement another iteration of the YBMen Project this fall. Congratulations!
  • March 22, 2017 :: Congratulations to Dr. Jamie Mitchell who was named the 2017 Teacher of the Year for the University of Michigan School of Social Work.
  • February 15, 2017 :: Dr. Vicki Johnson-Lawrence will be joining the Michigan State University as a faculty member at their Flint, Michigan campus. Congratulations Dr. Johnson-Lawrence!


  • September 1, 2016 :: Congratulations to Dr. Jamie Mitchell who was recently awarded a National Institutes of Health Loan Repayment Program Award!
  • July 1, 2016 :: Dr. Vicki Johnson-Lawrence was selected to be a a University of Michigan Older Americans Independence Center (OAIC) Research Career Development Core (RCDC) KL2 Scholar. Congratulations!
  • June 12, 2016 :: Dr. Vicki Johnson-Lawrence is a part of a team that received a grant from the NIMHD through its U54 funding mechanism. She will be leading a multilevel physical activity project as a part of the Flint Center for Health Equity Solutions.


  • December 17, 2015 ::  Dr. Watkins and the YBMen Project were featured in the story “Facebook, data and the battle against institutional racism” in Concentrate Ann Arbor. Click here to see the full story.
  • July 27, 2015 :: Dr. Daphne C. Watkins has published a book (with Deborah Gioia) in the Oxford University Press Pocket Guides to Social Work Research Series titled “Mixed Methods Research.” Click here to purchase a copy!
  • May 25, 2015 :: Congratulations to Dr. Daphne C. Watkins, who has just been promoted to Associate Professor with Tenure at the University of Michigan School of Social Work!


  • November 24, 2014 ::  To mark the one-year anniversary of the events in Ferguson, MO, the Journal of Men’s Studies will be publishing a special issue in the fall of 2015 titled: “Intersections of race, gender, and class in the wake of a crisis: The state of boys and men of color post-Ferguson.”  See the call for papers
    • Dr. Daphne C. Watkins, Dr. Desmond Patton, and Dr. Reuben Miller from the University of Michigan School of Social Work are guest editors for this special issue. They welcome a range of papers that demonstrate how race, gender, class, and other salient classifications influence how various levels of society interact with boys and men of color.  Papers that include qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods are welcomed, as are those that discuss the design, implementation, and evaluation of interventions for boys and men of color. Commentaries and literature reviews will also be considered.
    • If you are interested in submitting a paper for this JMS special issue, please submit an abstract for your proposed paper no later than December 30, 2014 to “” with “Abstract for JMS Special Issue” in the subject line of your email. The abstract should be no more than 250 words and a title page (that includes the title of the paper and each author’s name, institutional affiliation, and complete contact information) should precede it. Invitations for full-article submissions will be sent no later than January 30, 2015 with full manuscripts due no later than April 1, 2015.
  • November 22, 2014  :: Congratulations to Julie Ober Allen who presented the following paper at the  American Public Health Association (APHA) annual meeting in New Orleans:
    • Poster Title: Relationships between chronic health conditions, functional limitations, and psychological distress among black and white men [Authors: Julie Ober Allen, MPH and Daphne C. Watkins, PhD]
  • June 27, 2014 :: Congratulations to Dr. Smith, who was invited to participate in the NIMHD Translational Health Disparities Course: Integrating Principles of Science, Practice and Policy in Health Disparities Research that will take place August 11-22, 2014 in Bethesda, Maryland.
  • May 19, 2014 :: Congratulations to Dr. Watkins who will be presenting two papers at the inaugural conference of the Mixed Methods International Research Association (MMIRA) in Boston, MA in June. The papers are titled “Lessons learned from the implementation and evaluation of an online mixed methods research continuing education program for social workers” and “A mixed methods study of family support and distress among older, church-going African American men.”
  • April 24, 2014 :: Congratulations to Dr. Watkins who was recently quoted by the Chronicle of Higher Education and interviewed by NPR for her work on men’s studies. Click here for the link to the quote in The Chronicle and click here for the link to the NPR interview.
  • March 13, 2014 :: Congratulations to Dr. Smith who will be presenting a paper titled “‘People are dropping left and right’: Understanding the frequency and timing of peer homicide and traumatic loss among young, Black men” at the upcoming Society for Adolescence Research (SRA) conference in Austin, Texas.
  • February 21, 2014 :: Congratulations to Jaclynn Hawkins, Janelle Goodwill, Dr. Jamie Mitchell, Julie Ober Allen, and Olivia Jefferson for their upcoming presentations at the American Men’s Studies Association conference in Tacoma, WA!
  • January 19, 2014 :: Congratulations to Dr. Shervin Assari, who has an oral presentation accepted on “Synergistic Effects of Lifetime Psychiatric Disorders on Suicidal Ideation among Blacks in the United States” at the 47th Annual Conference of the American Association of Suicidology on the afternoon of Thursday, April 10, 2014.


  • December 21, 2013 :: Congratulations to WRL member, Dr. Shervin Assari, who has several posters accepted for presentation at the 2014 Society for Research on Adolescents (SRA) Biennial Meeting. This meeting will be held March 20th-22nd in Austin, TX at the Hilton Austin Hotel. The presentations are below.
    • Poster Title: Gender differences in trajectory of self-efficacy to avoid violence among African-American adolescents; [All Authors: Shervin Assari; Alvin Thomas; Rob Jagers; Brian Flay]
    • Poster Title: Parental Support as a Resiliency Factor among African American Adolescents who are at Risk of Poor Mental Health Due to Engagement in Delinquency; a Latent Growth Curve Model Approach; [All Authors: Shervin Assari; Cleopatra Caldwell; Marc Zimmerman]
    • Poster Title: Positive School Experiences and Violence Attitudes Preventing Future Violent Behavior Among Youth; [All Authors: Jorge Varela; Marc Zimmerman; Hsing-Fang Hsieh; Shervin Assari; Sarah Stoddard; Ritesh Mistry; Jin-Liang Wang]
    • Poster Title: The Impact of Family Functioning on HIV Risk Behaviors among Urban Adolescents: A Latent Class Growth Analysis; [All Authors: David Cordova; Justin Heinze; Ritesh Mistry; Shervin Assari; Christopher Salas-Wright; Marc Zimmerman]
  • November 8, 2013 :: WRL member,Shervin Assari, presented at the American Public Health Association Meeting in Boston, MA.
    • Oral Presentation , 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM 2:50 PM – 3:10 PM; Shervin Assari, MD, MPH, Arthur Riba, MD, Lakshmi Muthukumar, MD, Jennifer Dykstra, Krista Bobo, Carla Schnieder and Peggy Man; “Multiple risk factor intervention a useful tool for primary prevention of hypertension in the community; the results of a randomized clinical trial with five years of follow up” Session: A Leap Beyond Outreach and Screening: Models to Improve Hard-to-Reach Health
    • Oral Presentation, 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM 8:30 AM – 8:45 AM; Katrina R. Ellis, MPH, MSW, Cleopatra Caldwell, PhD, Shervin Assari, MD, MPH and E. Hill De Loney, MA; “Effect of family-based intervention on nonresident African American fathers’ and sons’ relationships and intentions to exercise” Session: Adapting and implementing evidence based programs
    • Poster, 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM Board 9; Shervin Assari, MD, MPH, Arthur Riba, Jennifer Dykstra, Krista Bobo, Lakshmi Muthukumar, MD and Carla Schnieder “Multiple risk factor intervention a useful tool for promotion of healthy eating among a community sample of women; the results of a clinical trial with five years of follow up”; Session: Innovative Approaches in Public Health Nutrition
    • Poster, 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM Board 5; Shervin Assari, MD, MPH and Cleopatra Caldwell, PhD “Religiosity, lifetime psychiatric disorders and suicidality among black adolescents: Do African Americans and Caribbean blacks differ?”; Session: Finding Hope: Social Determinants of Suicide and Depression
  • August 21, 2013 :: WRL is recruiting new members for 2013-2014! If you have interests in gender, mental health, public health, and/or interventions, please consider joining our lab! View the FAQs page for details.
  • April 6, 2013 :: Congratulations to Dr. Mitchell, Dr. Watkins, Jaclynn Hawkins, Babe Kawaii-Bogue, and Anastasia Page for their series of presentations on black men’s health at the American Men’s Studies Association Conference!
  • April 5, 2013:: Congratulations to Dr. Watkins for being elected President of the American Men’s Studies Association! See the full story here.
  • March 23, 2013:: The WRL participated in the Brown Chapel AME Church community health fair in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Dr. Watkins participated on the health panel and Jaclynn Hawkins and Babe Kawaii-Bogue disseminated materials on mental and emotional health at a WRL booth. See photos in the Gallery!

| 2012 |

  • October 1, 2012:: Congratulations to Jaclynn Hawkins for advancing to candidacy in the Joint Social Work and Sociology doctoral program! Way to go Jaclynn!
  • July 7, 2012:: Dr. Watkins was interviewed about her work with Black men and depression by Tampa, Florida’s WTBN AM 570 & 910 Community Conversations, The CC TRIO.
  • June 6, 2012 :: Dr. Watkins was interviewed by the UM Depression Center about her work with Black men and depression. She was one of 11 Depression Center members to be featured on the Depression Center website. Check it out here.
  • April 13, 2012 :: Follow Watkins Research Lab (WRL) on Twitter @WatkinsResearch!
  • April 12, 2012 :: Check out the new WRL blog post by Jaclynn Hawkins on African American and Latino’s men diabetes care? Here is the link: When Traditional Health Care Isn’t Enough: Re-examining Diabetes Care for African American and Latino Men
  • January 6, 2012 :: The WRL has a new home! It is now housed in the Vivian A. and James L. Curtis Research and Training Center at the University of Michigan School of Social Work!


  • December 10, 2011 :: The Watkins Research Lab is pleased to welcome three new members at the start of 2012! Welcome to Babe Kawaii-Bogue, Hadiyah Muhammad, and Rudolph Spencer!
  • October 24, 2011 :: The Watkins Research Lab is hiring! We are seeking a Research Assistant to assist with work on a qualitative and quantitative project on aging African American men and depression.
  • July 1, 2011 :: Dr. Watkins has been awarded a Michigan Center for Urban African American Aging Research (MCUAAAR) pilot grant! See details about the project here. :: June 10, 2011:: Watkins Research Lab is excited to welcome Dr. Jamie Mitchell! Dr. Mitchell is a budding new Assistant Professor at Wayne State University whose work on African American men and cancer is making viable contributions to how researchers and health providers should approach cancer disparities among men. Check out Dr. Mitchell’s bio here.
  • May 24, 2011:: “African-American men who feel ‘in control’ are less likely to experience depressive symptoms.” See the press release about a recent study led by Dr. Watkins:
  • May 10, 2011 :: WRL is looking for research assistants for the spring/summer term. Contact Dr. Watkins for details.
  • April 5, 2011 :: Dr. Watkins was elected Vice President of the American Men’s Studies Association. The mission of the American Men’s Studies Association is to advance the critical study of men and masculinities by encouraging the development of teaching, research, and clinical practice in the field of men’s studies.   Dr. Watkins is  the first women ever elected to serve in this capacity in the organization’s 20 year history.
  • April 1, 2011 :: Congratulations to WRL member, Mee-Young Um for being accepted to the PhD program at the University of Southern California! Way to go, Mee-Young!


  • December 18, 2010 :: Congratulations to lab member, S. Olivia Jefferson, who graduated with her M.S.W. from the University of Michigan!
  • November 1, 2010 :: Congratulations to Dr. Fawn Cothran who successfully defended her dissertation on dementia caregiving in the African American community. Dr. Cothran earned her Ph.D. in Nursing with a concentration in Bio-behavior from the University of Michigan.
  • October 21, 2010 :: Dr. Watkins is a featured speaker at the upcoming Society for Social Work and Research Conference January 12-16, 2011 in Tampa, Florida:
  • October 14, 2010 :: Dr. Watkins was recently featured in a news story by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Connections program. Check it out:
  • September 3, 2010 :: WRL is recruiting new members for 2010-2011! If you have interests in gender, mental health, public health, and/or interventions, please consider joining our lab! Contact Dr. Watkins for details.
  • July 1, 2010 :: The IRWG Project: Women are from Venus, but what can they tell us about Mars? Black women’s perceptions of black men’s depression has completed data collection and data analysis is underway!