People of the Injury Prevention Center
Cleopatra Caldwell, PhD
Co-Director, Training and Education Core, University of Michigan Injury Prevention Center
Chair, Health Behavior and Health Education, University of Michigan School of Public Health
Professor, Health Behavior and Health Education, University of Michigan School of Public Health
Director, Center for Research on Ethnicity, Culture and Health, University of Michigan School of Public Health
Co-Associate Director, Program for Research on Black Americans, University of Michigan
Dr. Cleopatra Howard Caldwell is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education and Director of the Center for Research on Ethnicity, Culture, and Health (CRECH) at the School of Public Health at the University of Michigan. She is also a Faculty Associate with the Program for Research on Black Americans (PRBA) at the Institute for Social Research and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Michigan. At the U-M Injury Prevention Center, Dr. Caldwell serves as the Co-Director of the Training and Education Core, training and mentoring the next generation of injury scientists. Further, Dr. Caldwell has extensive experience conducting research to understand health risk behaviors and mental health of ethnically diverse adolescents, including African American and Caribbean Black youth.
As a social psychologist with expertise in psychosocial and environmental factors influencing the health and well-being of Black populations, Dr. Caldwell’s research includes both intervention and basic research involving survey research techniques with adults, adolescents and families. She also has expertise in conducting community-based participatory research (CBPR), developing academic-community partnerships to design and evaluate health interventions for Black youth and their family.
In her research, Dr. Caldwell has examined the influence of racial discrimination, racial identities, and social relationships on adolescent depression, substance use, and violent behaviors. Dr. Caldwell has also developed interventions for nonresident African American fathers and their preadolescent sons as a health promotion strategy to reduce youth violence and substance use behaviors among adolescents and depression and substance use among fathers. Specific examples include the NICHD/NIH funded Parenting and Men's Health Study, the CDC funded Fathers and Sons Evaluation Project, and the Ruth Mott Foundation funded Fathers and Sons Physical Activity and Nutrition Program.