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An Interdisciplinary Team with a Disciplined Focus

We are a team led by researchers with diverse backgrounds — all focused on men's health outcomes and the full range of factors that affect men's health.

 Derek M. Griffith, Ph.D.  

Director, Center for Research on Men's Health

Professor of Medicine Health and Society

 Associate Professor of General Internal Medicine & Public Health and Sociology

Derek M. Griffith
Research Interests: Addressing men's health disparities and improving men's health and well-being.


Marino A. Bruce, Ph.D, M.S.R.C., M.Div.

Associate Director, Center for Research on Men's Health

Research Associate Professor of Medicine, Health and Society

 Marino A. Bruce 
Research Interests:
 The integration of health determinants for young African American males.


Sydika A. McKissic, Ph.D.

 Administrative Officer

 Sydika McKissic

 Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences from Vanderbilt University; 
B.S. in Biochemistry from Tennessee  State University


Emily Cornish Jaeger, M.P.H.

Project Director

Emily K. Cornish

 M.P.H. in Community and Behavioral Health from the University of Iowa;
B.S. in Health  Sciences from Drake University


Erin M. Bergner, M.P.H., M.A.

Senior Research Specialist

 Erin Bergner 
 Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology at Vanderbilt University;
M.P.H. in Behavioral Sciences from  Emory University;
B.A. in Psychology and Sociology from Tulane University



Andrea R. Semlow, M.P.H., M.S.

Research Analyst

Andrea Semlow

M.P.H. in Community Health at University of North Texas Health Science Center
M.S. in Applied Anthropology at the University of North Texas
B.S. in Biology and Anthropology at Grinnell College

Donnatesa A. L. Dean, M.P.H.


Donatesa Dean
B.S. in Human and Organizational Development from Vanderbilt University;
M.P.H. from Washington University in St. Louis



Internal Faculty Affiliates

Kelvin A. Moses, M.D., PhD.

Assistant Professor, Urologic Surgery in Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

Vanderbilt University Medical Center Chief of Urology, Urologic Surgeon/Oncologist

Gregory (Dan) Ayers, M.S.

Senior Associate in Biostatistics at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

Velma McBride Murry, Ph.D.

 Lois Autrey Betts Chair in Education and Human Development

Professor, Human and Organizational Development in Peabody College at Vanderbilt University

Hector Myers, Ph.D.

Professor, Medicine, Health and Society and Psychology in the College of Arts and Sciences at Vanderbilt University

Ebony O. McGee, Ph.D.

 Assistant Professor, Education, Diversity, and STEM education, Dept. of Teaching and Learning in Peabody College at Vanderbilt University

External Faculty Affiliates

Gary G. Bennett, Ph.D.

Bishop-MacDermott Family Professor, Psychology and Neuroscience in the Trinity College of Arts and Sciences at Duke University

Robert L. Newton, Jr., Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Physical Activity and Ethnic Minority Health in Pennington Biomedical Research Center at Louisiana State University

Ken A. Resnicow, Ph.D.

Professor, Health Behavior and Health Education in the School of Public Health at University of Michigan

Roland J. Thorpe, Jr., Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Health, Behavior, and Society in Krieger School of Arts and Sciences at Johns Hopkins University

Director, Program for Research on Men's Health, Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions

Bettina Campbell, M.S.W.

Executive Director, YOUR Center in Flint, Michigan

Keith C. Norris, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor, Medicine, UCLA Division of General Internal Medicine and Health Services Research in the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles

David O. Garcia, PhD

Assistant Professor in the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health at the Univeristy of Arizona

Director, Nosotros Comprometidos A Su Salud

Director, Community Health and Outreach, Center for Health Disparities Research, University of Arizona Health Sciences

Assistant Director of Community Outreach & Engagement, The University of Arizona Cancer Center

Luis A. Valdez, PhD

Assistant Professor, School of Public Health and Health Sciences at University of Massachusetts Amherst

Natasha Schaefer-Solle, PhD

Research Assistant Professor

Assistant Director of Behavioral and Community-Based Research Shared Resource

Kevin L. Billups, M.D.

Professor, Surgery and Urology and Medicine in Meharry Medical College School of Medicine

Executive Director, Meharry Men's Health Program in Meharry Medical College School of Medicine