Dr. Daphne C. Watkins
Founder and Director
Dr. Daphne C. Watkins is the Founding Director of the YBMen Project and a Professor at the University of Michigan School of Social Work. For many years, she has studied gender disparities and mental health over the life course using mixed methods research. In addition to her research and teaching obligations, Dr. Watkins is also the Founding Director of the Gender and Health Research Lab and the Certificate Program in Mixed Methods Research; and Director of the Vivian A. and James L. Curtis Center for Health Equity Research and Training at the University of Michigan.
Dr. Zachary Jackson
Dr. Zachary Jackson received his PhD in Health Education from Texas A&M University. His research focuses on social factors (i.e., discrimination and sense of belonging) that impact college students’ educational performance and their health. Dr. Jackson is also interested in investigating how these social factors differ among students based on the type of institution they attend. His work raises awareness about the influence of gender and culture on health outcomes and provide health education and social support to boys and men of color.
Dr. Lloyd M. Talley
Dr. Lloyd Talley is a developmental psychologist and interdisciplinary social policy and intervention researcher with a focus on Black men and their communities. Talley received his PhD in Applied Psychology and Human Development from the University of Pennsylvania in 2018. His research takes a mixed-methods approach to examine the intersection of multiple social identities in shaping risk and resilience outcomes among marginalized groups.
Dr. Charles Graham, Jr.
Project Clinician and Research Associate
Dr. Charles Graham, Jr. is a Psychiatric Clinical Social Worker and Psychologist at the University of Michigan and an Assistant Professor at Eastern Michigan University in the Department of Social Work. He received BA degrees in Social Welfare and Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley, and Masters and PhD degrees from the University of Michigan in Social Work and Psychology.
Paul Jacobs is a Limited License Social Worker at the University of Michigan Counseling and Psychological Services Center and in private practice. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Texas A&M University and a Masters of Social Work from the University of Michigan. To date, he has worked extensively with boys and young men of color on issues involving their emotional health and developmental transitions.
Janelle R. Goodwill is a PhD student in the joint program in Social Work and Psychology at the University of Michigan. Her research interests include exploring the mental health needs and well-being among Black men; with a specific focus on matters related to depression, suicidality, and spirituality. Prior to enrolling in the PhD program, Janelle earned her MSW from UM in 2015, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Michigan State University in 2013
Natasha Johnson is a PhD student in the joint program in Social Work and Psychology at the University of Michigan. She graduated from Spelman College in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. Overall, she is interested in examining protective factors associated with socially and economically disadvantaged populations in an agenda to promote improvement of mental health, academic success, civic engagement, and self-efficacy.
Ed-Dee G. Williams is a PhD student in the joint program in Social Work and Sociology at the University of Michigan. He received his BA in Sociology from the University of Michigan in 2013 as well as his MSW in Interpersonal Practice and Mental Health from the University of Michigan School of Social Work in 2014. During his time pursuing his MSW, Ed-Dee worked with youth offenders who had experienced severe emotional and physical abuse using therapeutic interventions to help guide their paths during their transition out of residential juvenile facilities.
Reginald Hammond, Jr.
Reginald Hammond, Jr. obtained his Bachelors of Science in Movement Science at the University of Michigan in 2014. Throughout his undergraduate experience, Reginald has provided student support in various leadership roles. He has developed a passion for dissipating the stigma associated with mental health. Reginald is currently a graduate student in the Higher Education and Student Affairs program at Eastern Michigan University.
Dr. Nkemka Anyiwo
Dr. Nkemka Anyiwo is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania. She earned her PhD in the joint program in Social Work and Developmental Psychology at the University of Michigan. Her research examines how Black adolescents receive and interpret messages about their race and gender from media, families, and schools, and the implication of these messages on their psychological well-being.