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Derek M. Griffith, PhD

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Professor of Medicine, Health & Society, Vanderbilt University
Graduate Faculty, Department of Population Health Science, UMMC
(615) 322-0648


Dr. Derek M. Griffith is graduate faculty in the Department of Population Health Science in the John D. Bower School of Population Health at UMMC. Dr. Griffith also is a professor of medicine, health and society and the founder and director of the Center for Research on Men's Health at Vanderbilt University. The center is one of the first university-wide centers in the United States that focuses on men's health and health disparities. The primary focus of his research is to develop and test theories and behavioral interventions to prevent and control obesity and chronic diseases among African-American men. Currently, he is the PI of A LA MEDIDA: Soluciones para su salud (“TAILOR MADE: Solutions for your health”) (1U54MD010722-01) that will test the first weight loss intervention individually tailored to African-American and Latino men and that takes into account their behavior patterns, phenotypic expression of obesity and the diversity of deeper social and cultural aspects of masculinity and ethnicity. He also is funded by the American Cancer Society to conduct Mighty Men (RSG-15-223-01): the first individually tailored behavioral intervention for men that promotes weight loss among African-American med ages 30-77.

Research interests

  • Men's health
  • Health disparities/equity
  • Qualitative research
  • Community-based participatory research

Recent publications

  • Resilience in community: A social ecological development model for young adult sexual minority women. GC Nagayama Hall, J Abe-Kim, DT Takeuchi, S Hong, N Zane, S Sue, ...Multicultural Psychology: Third Edition 97 (1681), 1-63
  • “If I Can Afford Steak, Why Worry About Buying Beans”: African American Men’s Perceptions of Their Food Environment LD Sherman, DM Griffith. American journal of men's health, 1557988318774986
  • “Centering the Margins”: Moving Equity to the Center of Men’s Health Research DM Griffith American journal of men's health, 1557988318773973
  • Theory-Informed Research Training and Mentoring of Underrepresented Early-Career Faculty at Teaching-Intensive Institutions: The Obesity Health Disparities PRI... BM Beech, MA Bruce, RJ Thorpe Jr, E Heitman, DM Griffith, KC Norris Ethnicity & disease 28 (2), 115-122
  • A mobile phone-based physical activity maintenance app for African American men: MOBILEMEN LA Carter, V Myers, L Carter, D Griffith Annals of Behavioral Medicine 52, S435-S435