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

We are a university-wide center in the U.S. that focuses on men's health and men's health disparities. Founded in the Spring of 2016, the Center seeks to improve men's health by understanding and addressing biological, psychological and social factors that influence men's health. We have particular expertise in the health of African American men, but we also do research on other men in the U.S. and across the globe. 

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 Publications

Bruce, M.A., Beech, B.M., Norris, K.C., Griffith, D.M., Sims, M. & Thorpe, Jr., R.J. (accepted).  Sex, Obesity, and Blood Pressure among African American Adolescents: The Jackson Heart KIDS Pilot Study.  American Journal of Hypertension.

Griffith, D.M. & Cornish, E.K. (2016). “What defines a man?”: Perspectives of African American men on the components and consequences of manhood. Psychology of Men and Masculinity. Online First, November 7, 2016:

Bruce, M.A., Beech, B.M., Thorpe, Jr., R.J., Mincey, K. & Griffith, D.M. (2017).  Racial and gender disparities in sugar consumption change efficacy among first-year college students. Appetite, 109, 33–39.

Bruce, M. A., Beech, B. M., Griffith, D. M., & Thorpe Jr, R. J. (2016). Spirituality, Religiosity, and Weight Management Among African American Adolescent Males: The Jackson Heart KIDS Pilot Study.  Behavioral Medicine 42 (3), 183-189.

Dean, D.A.L., Griffith, D.M., McKissic, S.A., Cornish, E.K., Johnson-Lawrence, V. (2016). Men on the Move-Nashville: Feasibility and Acceptability of a Technology-Enhanced Physical Activity Pilot Intervention for Overweight and Obese Middle and Older Age African American Men. American Journal of Men's Health.

Elder, K., Griffith, D.M. (2016). Men's Health: Beyond Masculinity. American Journal of Public Health, Editor's Choice.

Griffith, D.M. (2016). Biopsychosocial Approaches to Men's Health Disparities Research and Policy. Behavioral Medicine.42: 211-215.

Griffith, D.M., Cornish, E.K., McKissic, S.A., Dean, D.A.L. (2016). Differences in perceptions of the food environment between African American men who did and did not consume recommended levels of fruits and vegetables. Health Education & Behavior.