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DR. WIZDOM POWELL

Thought Leader. Author. Scholar-Activist.

Dr. Wizdom Powell is changing the public and scientific conversations about masculinities, male health, and racial equity.

ABOUT DRWIZDOM

WIzdom Powell is a tenured professor, nationally recognized expert and thought leader on masculinities and male health. Dr. Powell serves on and leads several national advisory councils on fatherhood and health disparities in boys and men. She is a highly-sought speaker who has given invited testimony to the President’s Cancer Panel. In recognition of her public service to boys and men, Dr. Powell received the American Psychological Association’s (d51) Distinguished Professional Award. She is also a White House Fellow, Ford Foundation Fellow, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Fellow, Aspen Institute Health Innovator Fellow, and awardee of the prestigious Rockefeller Foundation academic writing residency in Bellagio, Italy. Her numerous scientific articles have been published in the American Journal of Public Health, Journal of Internal Medicine, Behavioral Medicine, and Child Development. Dr. Powell has notably advanced the national public conversation around masculinity among racial/ethnic minority males. Her scientific research has been covered by CNN, Business Insider, The Root, Refinery29, The Washington Post, Huffington Post, The Grio, Ebony Magazine, Vice, Tonic, NPR, Vox, Futurity, Forbes, Christianity Today, and Vibe Magazine. Dr. Powell received her Ph.D. and M.S. in Clinical Psychology and M.P.H. from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.

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"Men are socialized from a very early age to deny bodily signs and symptoms, to minimize psychological distress. If you believe that you’re supposed to be a certain kind of macho man, and you’re unable to consistently be that or reflect that in the world, then you have an inner conflict, and there’s a discrepancy between what the world wants and what you want to be. That creates a turmoil around help-seeking.”

Dr. Wizdom Powell

 

MEDIA COVERAGE

Dr. Wizdom Powell's work has been featured in numerous media outlets. Read samples below.

WHY IT'S SO HARD TO REACH MALES IN NEED OF MENTAL HEALTHCARE

TOM KUSER

FEB 27, 2018

PHOTO: ANN LOPEZ / WSHU

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JAY Z IS THE MENTAL HEALTH ROLE MODEL MEN NEED

KIMBERLY TRUONG
JANUARY 30, 2018

PHOTO: KEVIN MAZUR/GETTY IMAGES/ROC NATION

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MISSING BLACK MEN IN AMERICA

LAURA LEE & FRANK STASIO

DEC 31, 2015

PHOTO: NICOLAS ALEJANDRO / FLICKR CREATIVE COMMONS

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STRONG, SILENT—AND DEPRESSED?
IS ACTING LIKE "A MAN" BRINGING BROTHERS DOWN?

AKIBA SOLOMON
APRIL 13, 2012

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"Reframing of masculinity as an opportunity to 'be a man' about your own health, to 'be a man' about your family, is exactly the kind of narrative destruction we need in this country."

Dr. Wizdom Powell

 

PUBLICATIONS

*Former Last Name is Hammond*

Dr. Wizdom Powell has published dozens of scientific articles, book chapters, and reports. Below is a sample list.

 

KEY SCIENTIFIC PAPERS

Powell, W., Banks, K.H., Mattis, J.S. (2017). Buried hatchets, marked locations: Forgiveness, everyday racial discrimination, and African-American men’s depressive symptomatology. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 87(6), 646-662.

Hammond, W.P., Matthews, D., Mohottige, D., Agyemang, A., & Corbie-Smith, G. (2010). Masculinity, medical mistrust, and preventive health services delays among community-dwelling African American men. Journal of General Internal Medicine, 25(12), 1300-1308.

Powell, W., Adams, L.B., Cole-Lewis, Y., Agyemang, A., Upton, R. (2016). Masculinity and race-related factors as barriers to health help-seeking among African-American men. Behavioral Medicine, 42(3), 1-14.

Hammond, W.P. (2012). “Taking it like a man!”: Masculine role norms as moderators of the racial discrimination- depressive symptoms association among African American men. American Journal of Public Health, 102(S2), S232-S241.

Hammond, W.P., Caldwell, C.H., Brooks, C., & Bell, L. (2011). “Being there in spirit, fire, and mind:” Expressive roles among nonresidential African American fathers. Research on Social Work Practice, 21(3), 308-313.

Hammond, W.P., Matthews, D., Mohottige, D., Agyemang, A., & Corbie-Smith, G. (2010). Masculinity, medical mistrust, and preventive health services delays among community-dwelling African American men. Journal of General Internal Medicine, 25(12), 1300-1308.

Hammond, W.P., & Mattis, J.S. (2005). Being a man about it: Manhood meaning among African American men. Psychology of Men & Masculinity, 6(2), 114-126

KEY BOOK CHAPTERS

Levant. R.L. & Hammond, W.P. (2017). The gender role strain paradigm. In R. F. Levant & Y.J. Wong (Eds.), The Psychology of Men and Masculinities (pp. 15-43). Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.

Hammond, W.P., Fleming, P.F., Villa-Torres, L. (2016). Everyday racism as a threat to the masculine social self: Framing investigations of African American male health disparities. S. Wester & Y.J. Wong (Eds.) APA Handbook of Men and Masculinities (pp. 259-284). Washington, D.C: American Psychological Association.

Hammond, W.P., Matthews, D., Cooper, S.M., Johnson, S., Caldwell, C.H. (2014). The role of paternal health socialization in preadolescent African American male health behavior, beliefs, and outcomes. In K. Vaughans & W. Spielberg (Eds.). The Psychology Black Boys and Adolescents (Vol. 2, pp. 405-423). New York: Praeger.

KEY REPORTS

Powell, W. & Adams, L.B. (2017). Masculinities Matter: The Role of Masculinities in Depression, Suicide, and Substance Abuse Among African American, Hispanic/Latino, and Alaska Native/American Indian Boys and Men. Visit: http://www.equalmeasure.org/masculinities-matter-role-masculinities-depression-suicide-substance-abuse-among-african-american-hispaniclatino-alaska-nativeamerican-indian-boys-men/.

"When men suffer from mental health problems in silence and fall victim to substance abuse or suicide, it’s often women and girls who are left to pick up the pieces and take on caregiving burdens. So this is really about creating healthier families and communities and creating better mental health for everybody."

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