Cleopatra Howard Caldwell, Ph.D.

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Job Title: 
Chair, Department of Health Behavior and Health Education; Director, Center for Research on Ethnicity, Culture and Health, School of Public Health
Email Address: 
cleoc@umich.edu
Job Title: 
Chair, Department of Health Behavior and Health Education; Director, Center for Research on Ethnicity, Culture and Health, School of Public Health
Email Address: 
cleoc@umich.edu

Dr. Cleopatra Howard Caldwell is Professor and Chair of the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education and Director of the Center for Research on Ethnicity, Culture, and Health (CRECH) at the School of Public Health, University of Michigan. She is also a Faculty Associate with the Program for Research on Black Americans (PRBA) at the Institute for Social Research and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Michigan. As a social psychologist with expertise in psychosocial and environmental factors influencing the health and well-being of Black populations, her research includes both intervention and basic research involving survey research techniques with adults, adolescents and families. She also has expertise in conducting community-based participatory research (CBPR), developing academic-community partnerships to design and evaluate health interventions for Black youth and their family. Specific examples include the NICHD/NIH funded Parenting and Men's Health Study, the CDC funded Fathers and Sons Evaluation Project, and the Ruth Mott Foundation funded Fathers and Sons Physical Activity and Nutrition Program. She has published in a number of areas including the influence of social relationships and social identities on the health and well-being of Black adolescents, the role of paternal support, racial discrimination, and racial identity attitudes as risk or protective factors for adolescent risky behaviors and fatherhood as a context for understanding men's health. Further, Dr. Caldwell has extensive experience conducting research to understand health risk behaviors and mental health of ethnically diverse adolescents, including African American and Caribbean Black youth.

Collaborates With

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Research Scientist; IRWG Executive Committee; Professor of Women's Studies and History
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Program Director, Lesbian-Gay-Queer Research Initiative; IRWG Executive Committee; Professor of Women's Studies and Music
Associate Professor of Sociology; Director, Women in Learning & Leadership
Associate Professor of Nursing, School of Nursing
Research Fellow, Clinical Lecturer, OB-GYN
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Associate Professor, English Language & Literature
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Associate Dean for Research and Professor of Social Work, School of Social Work
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Professor of Classical Studies and Egyptology
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Acting Department Chair; Frederick G. L. Huetwell Professor of English and Women's Studies
Tabbye Chavous
Associate VP, Social Sciences, Humanities and the Arts; IRWG Executive Committee
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IRWG Director, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Women's Studies