Dr. Daphne C. Watkins
Founder and Director
Dr. Watkins is an Associate Professor at the University of Michigan School of Social Work. For many years, she has studied gender disparities and mental health over the adult life course using mixed methods research approaches. In addition to her research and teaching obligations, Dr. Watkins is also the Founding Director of the Gender and Health Research Lab and the Director of the Certificate Program in Mixed Methods Research at the University of Michigan.
Project Coordinator/Research Associate
Manny Richardson is the Project Coordinator and manages day-to-day operations for the YBMen Project. He handles all administrative, outreach/communications, and research support. Manny earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in criminal justice from the University of Central Missouri. Manny's passion includes education, athletics, mentoring, wellness, and helping others achieve their goals.
Dr. Charles Graham, Jr.
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.
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 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.
Nkemka Anyiwo is a PhD student in the joint program in Social Work and Developmental Psychology at the University of Michigan. She earned Bachelor of Art degrees in African American Studies and Psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park. 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.
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.
Branden May works in Interlibrary Loan at the University of Michigan. He attended Morehouse College, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in English in 2011. Branden plans to earn an MSW, focusing his research on the relationship between the world of sports and society, and how this partnership affects the modern day fan and athlete.