CPRC Seminar - December 7 - this seminar is available at CSSW in Room C05 & via Livestream only

Columbia Population Research Center

is pleased to invite you to: 


From Angry Black Men to #BlackBoyJoy: The Evolution of Mental Health and Manhood Among Young Black Men"

presented by Daphne Watkins


Associate Professor of Social Work

University of Michigan

Thursday, December 7th, 2017

12:15pm - 1:15pm

Room C05

Columbia University School of Social Work

1255 Amsterdam Avenue


Registration required at https://cupop.formstack.com/forms/seminar_watkins

Lunch will be provided for those who RSVP to attend at the School of Social Work.



Recent events have underscored the social and cultural barriers young black men face in America; barriers that are complicated by mental health challenges, rigid definitions of manhood, and lack of social support. In this presentation, Dr. Watkins will examine the evolving narrative of young black men at the intersection of race and gender, and the influence of news and social media on this evolving narrative. She will also discuss the origin and successful implementation of the gender-specific, culturally-sensitive, Facebook-based intervention for young black men, called the Young, Black Men, Masculinities, and Mental Health (YBMen) project. In this intervention, black men engage in thorough examinations of popular culture (e.g., songs, photos, news stories, YouTube videos) to improve their mental health outcomes, develop more progressive definitions of manhood, and establish sustainable social support networks. Implications for creative ways to tailor low-cost, high impact Internet-based interventions for young black men will be discussed.


Daphne C. Watkins, PhD is an Associate Professor at the University of Michigan, with faculty appointments in the School of Social Work and the Research Center for Group Dynamics at the Institute for Social Research. Her research underscores the influence of gender role socialization on health status over the adult life course for marginalized men. To date, Dr. Watkins’ research has focused on understanding the social determinants of health that explain within-group differences among black men; developing evidence-based strategies to improve the physical and mental health conditions of black men; and increasing knowledge about the intersection of age, culture, and gender. Dr. Watkins is an experienced mixed methods researcher who uses qualitative and quantitative data to increase knowledge about how intersecting social determinants and masculine ideologies place black men at high risk for poor health.

Dr. Watkins received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and a PhD in Health Education from Texas A&M University. Prior to joining the University of Michigan School of Social Work she completed a National Institute of Mental Health-sponsored (T32) postdoctoral fellowship at the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan and a National Institutes of Health (K12) career development award in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Michigan Medical School. In April 2017, she ended her second term as President of the American Men’s Studies Association; the first woman and person of color to ever serve as President in the organization’s 25-year history. Her research has received funding from the National Institutes of Health, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, and various university-based centers and institutes. Her scholarship includes over 50 peer-reviewed publications in scientific journals, 17 book chapters, and volume sections, and two mixed methods research books (one published by Oxford University Press in July 2015 and one currently under contract with SAGE Publications to be published in December 2018). In addition to her scholarship, Dr. Watkins also co-directs a Gender and Health Research (GendHR) Lab and teaches Masters, Doctoral, and Continuing Education courses at the University of Michigan on research methods; program evaluation; mixed methods; and racial, ethnic, and gender issues in community-based interventions.


For additional information regarding the Fall 2017 CPRC Seminar Series please visit: http://cupop.columbia.edu/events/seminar-series/cprc-seminars