• December 17, 2015::  Dr. Daphne. C. Watkins and the YBMen Project were featured in the story “Facebook, data and the battle against institutional racism” in Concentrate Ann Arbor. Click here to see the full story.
  • July 27, 2015:: Dr. Daphne C. Watkins published a book (with Deborah Gioia) in the Oxford University Press Pocket Guides to Social Work Research Series titled “Mixed Methods Research.” Click here to purchase a copy!
  • May 25, 2015:: Dr. Daphne C. Watkins was promoted to Associate Professor with Tenure at the University of Michigan School of Social Work!


  • November 24, 2014::  To mark the one-year anniversary of the events in Ferguson, MO, the Journal of Men’s Studies will be publishing a special issue in the fall of 2015 titled: “Intersections of race, gender, and class in the wake of a crisis: The state of boys and men of color post-Ferguson.” 
    • Dr. Daphne C. Watkins, Dr. Desmond Patton, and Dr. Reuben Miller from the University of Michigan School of Social Work are guest editors for this special issue. They welcome a range of papers that demonstrate how race, gender, class, and other salient classifications influence how various levels of society interact with boys and men of color.  Papers included qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods, as well as those that discussed the design, implementation, and evaluation of interventions for boys and men of color.
  • May 19, 2014:: ​​ Dr. Watkins presented two papers at the inaugural conference of the Mixed Methods International Research Association (MMIRA) in Boston, MA in June. The papers are titled “Lessons learned from the implementation and evaluation of an online mixed methods research continuing education program for social workers” and “A mixed methods study of family support and distress among older, church-going African American men.”
  • April 24, 2014:: Dr. Watkins was recently quoted by the Chronicle of Higher Education and interviewed by NPR for her work on men’s studies. Click here for the link to the quote in The Chronicle and click here for the link to the NPR interview.


  • April 5, 2013:: Dr. Watkins was elected President of the American Men’s Studies Association! See the full story here.
  • March 23, 2013:: Dr. Watkins participated in the Brown Chapel AME Church community health fair in Ypsilanti, Michigan.

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  • July 7, 2012:: Dr. Watkins was interviewed about her work with Black men and depression by Tampa, Florida’s WTBN AM 570 & 910 Community Conversations, The CC TRIO.
  • June 6, 2012:: Dr. Watkins was interviewed by the UM Depression Center about her work with Black men and depression. She was one of 11 Depression Center members to be featured on the Depression Center website. Check it out here.
  • April 13, 2012:: Follow Daphn Watkins on Twitter @WatkinsResearch


  • July 1, 2011:: Dr. Watkins was awarded a Michigan Center for Urban African American Aging Research (MCUAAAR) pilot grant! See details about the project here.
  • May 24, 2011:: “Afrin-American men who feel ‘in control’ are less likely to experience depressive symptoms.” See the press release about a recent study led by Dr. Watkins:http://ns.umich.edu/htdocs/releases/story.php?id=8415