Leadership and Mentors

Derek Griffith, PhD

griffith,20derek.jpgAssociate Professor of Medicine, Health and Society
Director, Institute for Research on Men's Health
Associate Professor of General Internal Medicine & Public Health, Health Policy, and Sociology
Vanderbilt University 

Derek Griffith, PhD, is associate professor at Vanderbilt University is internationally recognized as a leading social scientist focused on social influences on men's health and racial and ethnic health disparities. He has published more than 50 papers and book chapters, given numerous conference presentations.

Funded by several institutes within the National Institutes of Health and foundations such as the American Cancer Society and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Dr. Griffith specializes in informing, developing and testing interventions to improve African American men's lifestyle behaviors and chronic disease risk, morbidity and mortality, including reducing obesity and increasing healthy eating, physical activity and screening, often using a community-based participatory research approach. In November 2013, Dr. Griffith was presented the Tom Bruce Award by the Community-Based Public Health Caucus of the American Public Health Association in recognition of his leadership in community-based public health and for his research on “eliminating health disparities that vary by race, ethnicity and gender."

He has been appointed a faculty member in men's health for the International Society for Men's Health's World Congress on Men's Health and was appointed to the American Psychological Association Working Group on Health Disparities in Boys and Men. His research has been featured in such news outlets as MSN, NPR, Time Magazine, US News & World Report and USA Today.