After completing his six years as President of the Board of Directors of the American Men’s Studies Association, Robert Heasley, Professor of Sociology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania turned over the organization’s gavel to Daphne Watkins, Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work and a Faculty Associate at the Program for Research on Black Americans at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. The change in officers took place at AMSA’s 2013 Annual Meeting which took place at the University of Michigan.
Professor Watkins’ interests include: gender disparities in mental illness; health education and behavior; and intervention research. Currently, her work explores how gender role socialization influences mental health over the adult life course for black men. An anthropologist and health educator by training, she uses quantitative and qualitative research methodologies to extend the current scholarship on mental health disparities and how they impact communities of color. Her research agenda aims to (1) use evidence-based strategies to improve the physical and mental health of black men, and (2) increase knowledge about the relationship between culture, gender, and the social determinants that place black men at high risk for poor health status.
She becomes AMSA’s sixth president in its twenty-one years. AMSA By-Laws stipulate three consecutive two-year terms as the maximum.