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What is the Center for Research on Men's Health?

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The Center for Research on Men’s Health is the first university-wide center in the US that focuses on men’s health and health equity by understanding and addressing biological, psychological and social factors that influence men’s health. The directors of the center recently edited and contributed to Men’s Health Equity: A Handbook (1st ed.) (2019) that describes this area of research in detail, and this team leads the Tennessee Men’s Health Report Card. The Vanderbilt Center for Research on Men’s Health team has expertise in the following five areas: (a) research approaches and methods (i.e., precision lifestyle medicine, tailoring health communications, community-based research, social epidemiology, qualitative methods); (b) research training and mentoring for students, fellows and faculty (e.g., undergraduate, graduate, postdoctoral fellows, medical students, faculty); (c) the conceptualization and measurement of biopsychosocial determinants of health and health behaviors (e.g., masculinity, manhood, faith, stress, racism, race, ethnicity, social class, economic status); (d) health conditions (i.e., overweight and obesity) and diseases (e.g., cancer, heart disease, and kidney disease); and (e) populations in the US (i.e., African American males, Latino males) and across the globe (e.g., Australia, Ireland, New Zealand).

Our Vision

To create a research center that leads state, regional, national and global efforts to understand and address social and cultural determinants of men's health.

Creating Solutions for Men's Health

Men's health outcomes are more than the sum of biology and behavior. They are also the result of factors that influence behavior: gender, cultural, sociological and attitudinal. In a pioneering way, the Center for Research on Men's Health at Vanderbilt examines all of these factors to form a more holistic picture that benefits men, families, healthcare practitioners, service providers, academicians and policymakers.

Recent Books

Griffith, D.M., Bruce, Marino A. & Thorpe, Jr., R.J.  (Eds.) (2019).  Men’s Health Equity: A Handbook (1st ed.)  New York, NY: Routledge.

Ford, Chandra L., Griffith, Derek M., Bruce, Marino A. & Gilbert, Keon L.  (Eds.) (2019). Racism: Science &  Tools for the Public Health Professional. APHA Press. 

Recent Book Chapters

Griffith D.M. & Jaeger, E.C. (2020). Mighty Men: A Faith-based Weight Loss Intervention to Reduce Cancer Risk in African American Men. Cancer Health Equity Research, 189.

Recent Journal Articles

Griffith, DM, Sharma, G. Holiday, Holiday, CS, Enyia, OK, Valliere, M, Semlow, AR, Stewart, EC, & Blumenthal, RS. (In Press). COVID-19, equity and men’s health: Using evidence to inform future public health policy, practice and research responses in pandemics. Preventing Chronic Disease.

Smith, JA, Griffith, DM, White, A, Baker, P, Watkins, DC, Drummond, M & Semlow, AR. (In Press). Men and COVID-19: A Biopsychosocial Approach to Understanding Sex Differences in Mortality and Recommendations for Practice and Policy Interventions. International Journal of Men's Social and Community Health.

Griffith, D.M., Jaeger, E.C., Bergner, E.M, Stallings, S. & Wilkins, C.H. (2020). Determinants of Trustworthiness to Conduct Medical Research: Findings from Focus Groups Conducted with Racially and Ethnically Diverse Adults. Journal of General Internal Medicine. 

Griffith, D.M., Jaeger, E.C., Valdez, L.A., Schaefer Solle, N., Garcia, D.O., & Alexander, L.R. (2020). Developing A "Tailor-Made" Precision Lifestyle Medicine Intervention for Weight Control among Middle-Aged Latino Men. Ethnicity & Disease. 30(Suppl1). 203-210.

Griffith, D.M., Semlow, A.R. (In Press). Art, Anti-Racism and Health Equity: “Don’t ask me why, ask me how!". Ethnicity & Disease

Griffith, D.M., Newton, Robert L., Carter, Leah, St. Romain, Jessica, Jerrod, Tiffany & Myers, Valery (2019) "Mobile Phone App to Maintain Physical Activity in African American Men: MobileMen." MHealth.

Bruce, M. A., Beech, B.M., Wilder, T., Burton, E.T., Sheats, Jylana, Norris, K.C., Thorpe Jr., Roland J.  (2019) Religiosity and Excess Weight Among African-American Adolescents: The Jackson Heart KIDS Study. Journal of Religion and Health, pp. 1-11.

Griffith, D.M. (2018) “Centering the Margins: Moving Equity to the Center of Men’s Health Research." American Journal of Men's Health.