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Phone: (615) 322-0648
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PhD, DePaul University

 

Derek M. Griffith

Associate Professor of American Studies, Health Policy, Medicine and Sociology
Director, Center for Research on Men’s Health
Core Faculty Member, Center for Health Services Research, Vanderbilt Institute for Medicine and Public Health
Member of the Cancer Control and Health Outcomes Research Program

Derek M. Griffith is a leading social scientist focused on social influences on men’s health and racial and ethnic health disparities.  He primarily focuses on identifying and addressing psychosocial, cultural and environmental determinants of African American men’s health and well-being.  Funded by several institutes within the National Institutes of Health and foundations such as the American Cancer Society and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Dr. Griffith specializes in informing, developing and testing interventions to improve African American men’s lifestyle behaviors and chronic disease risk, morbidity and mortality, including reducing obesity and increasing healthy eating, physical activity and screening, often using a community-based participatory research approach.  His research has been featured in such news outlets as MSN, NPR, Time Magazine, US News & World Report and USA Today.

Specializations

  • Men’s Health
  • Health Disparities/Equity
  • Qualitative Research
  • Community-Based Participatory Research