Welcome to the Gender and Health Research Lab

Established at the University of Michigan School of Social Work, our social work lab strives to understand the mechanisms by which socio-demographic, psychosocial, and environmental agents influence the mental and physical health of racial and ethnic minorities, particularly as it pertains to gender differences and gender role socialization. We operate within an environment that is conducive to learning and the exchange of scholarly dialogue. Currently, our projects focus on gender disparities in health; health education and behavior; and intervention research.


The specific aims of the Gender and Health Research Lab (also known as the Watkins Research Lab; WRL) are to: (1) train the next generation of gender and health scholars on social work research methods, (2) enhance literacy on disparities issues for students and new social work professionals, (3) disseminate models for designing, implementing, and evaluating culturally-sensitive and gender-specific community-based programs, and (4) communicate best practices for incorporating social work research into social work practice.

We welcome your thoughts and ideas as we proceed in our efforts.

Thank you for visiting,

Daphne C. Watkins, Ph.D.

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