Dr. Daphne C. Watkins
FOUNDER AND DIRECTOR
Dr. Daphne C. Watkins studies gender disparities and mental health over the life course using mixed methods research. 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. James Ellis
SENIOR RESEARCH ASSOCIATE
Dr. James Ellis is an Assistant Research Scientist at the University of Michigan and investigates relationships between education pipeline experiences and racial-ethnic and low-income student pathways to college enrollment and degree completion. His’ scholarship examines the nexus between college readiness program participation, developmental approaches to college readiness, social support from peers and adults, and racism and discrimination in education settings.
SENIOR RESEARCH ASSOCIATE
Sharon Norris-Shelton has an extensive background in developing and directing programs to increase academic learning opportunities for K-12 students and early-career scholars from historically underrepresented communities. She has also co-directed a multi-million dollar funded program to identify strategies that improve life outcomes for boys and men of color. Sharon has Bachelor's and Master's degrees in business and administration.
Sharonda Chaney is passionate about the school to prison pipeline as well as the impact of educational disparities inside and outside of school on students, families, and communities. She has a Master's Degree in Social Work, with a School Social Work Certification, as well as a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership & Policy from the University of Michigan.
Brittany Ribeiro Brown
Brittany Ribeiro Brown's research focuses on the impact of racism on health and well-being. She is interested in racial identity development, critical consciousness, racial vigilance, and appropriated racism related to racial health disparities. She has a Master's Degree in Social Work from Columbia University.
Ashley Starks is interested in engaging all stakeholders of college and K-12 communities to improve the mental health and well-being of Black males, . He received his Master's Degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan.
Dr. Charles Graham, Jr.
PROJECT CLINICIAN/ THERAPIST
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.
PROJECT CLINICIAN/ THERAPIST
Mr. Paul Jacobs is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker 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.
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.
Dr. Janelle Goodwill
Dr. Janelle Goodwill is an Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago. 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. Dr. Goodwill earned her MSW, MA, and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.
Dr. Natasha Johnson
Dr. Natasha Johnson is a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow. Her research interests are examining protective factors associated with socially and economically disadvantaged populations in an agenda to promote the improvement of mental health, academic success, civic engagement, and self-efficacy. Dr. Johnson earned her MSW, MA, and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.
Allura Casanova is a PhD student in the joint program in Psychology and Women's Studies at the University of Michigan. Her research includes: 1) how men of color conceptualize their own masculinity through the influence of race and culture, 2) how gender expectations and masculinity norms influence men’s mental health and well-being, and finally, 3) how sexual harassment manifests differently for men, specifically men of color, who are subject to hypermasculine expectations and fetishism.
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.
Davon Wheeler received his BA in Political Science from the University of Michigan. Prior to the YBMen Project, he worked in numerous roles to foster Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of Michigan. Currently, Davon is a graduate student in the dual MSW/MPH program in Social Work and Public Health. His research interests center around health disparities and the effect that race and gender have on health outcomes.
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.