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Daphne C. Watkins

University Diversity and Social Transformation Professor; Director, Vivian A. and James L. Curtis Center; Professor, Social Work; Faculty Associate, Research Center for Group Dynamics, Institute for Social Research

Daphne C. Watkins is a Diversity and Social Transformation Professor at the University of Michigan who studies: (1) behavioral interventions for historically marginalized groups; (2) mixed methods approaches to research in context; and (3) leadership development and organizational structures.

Centering the strategies for success among historically marginalized groups, Watkins’ research aims to maximize human potential, elevate social experiences, and provide equitable impact in communities and organizations. She is a community-practitioner interested in developing efficient tools and systems that activate positive, strengths-based outcomes for those most in need. Ultimately, she is committed to conducting and mobilizing cutting-edge, use-inspired research to address important social concerns.

In addition to directing the Vivian A. and James L. Curtis Center for Health Equity Research and Training, Watkins is the founding director of the Gender and Health Research (GendHR) Lab, the Certificate Program in Mixed Methods Research, and the award-winning Young Black Men, Masculinities, and Mental Health (YBMen) Project, which leverages technology to provide mental health education and social support for young Black men. She teaches graduate-level courses on research methods, social equity and equality, and community-based interventions. She also serves on committees and advisory boards aimed at improving men’s health equity both domestically and globally.

PhD, Texas A&M University; BA, University of North Carolina.