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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  Derek M. Griffith, Ph.D. 

 Director, Center for Research on Men's Health
 Associate Professor of Medicine Health and Society
 Associate Professor of General Internal Medicine & Public Health and Sociology
Research Interests:
 Addressing men's health disparities and improving men's health and well-being.




 Marino A. Bruce Marino A. Bruce, Ph.D, MSRC, MDiv 

 Associate Director, Center for Research on Men's Health
 Research Associate Professor of Medicine, Health and Society
 Research Interests:
 The integration of health determinants for young African American males.





Jennifer Hartfield  Jennifer A. Hartfield, Ph.D, MPH, MCHES

 Assistant Director, Center for Research on Men's Health
 Ph.D. in Health Behavior and Health Education from the University of Michigan; M.P.H. in  Behavioral Sciences from the University of Alabama at Birmingham; B.S. in Biology  from Mercer University
Research Interests:

 Primary research interests include understanding the impact of social and economic  mechanisms that mediate racial health inequities while addressing poverty, social policies, and  institutional racism.


Administrative Officer:

 Sydika McKissic Sydika A. McKissic, Ph.D.

 Program Manager

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





Project Director:

Emily K. Cornish  Emily K. Cornish, M.P.H.

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







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

 Senior Research Specialist
 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







Donatesa Dean  Donnatesa A. L. Dean, B.S.

M.P.H. candidate - Brown School - Washington University in St. Louis
B.S. in Human and Organizational Development from Vanderbilt University



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

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