Derek Griffith, PhD
Derek Griffith

Derek Griffith, PhD

Founding Co-Director, Racial Justice Institute, Founder and Director, Center for Men’s Health Equity, and Professor of Health Systems Administration and Oncology, Georgetown University
Dr. Derek M. Griffith is a Founding Co-Director of the Racial Justice Institute, Founder and Director of the Center for Men’s Health Equity, and Professor of Health Systems Administration and Oncology. Trained in psychology and public health, Dr. Griffith’s program of research focuses on developing strategies to achieve racial, ethnic and gender equity in health. Dr. Griffith is a contributor to and editor of two recent books – Men’s Health Equity: A Handbook (Routledge, 2019), and Racism: Science and Tools for the Public Health Professional (APHA Press, 2019). He has been interviewed for and quoted in national news outlets such as Ebony, NPR and The Washington Post.

Dr. Griffith has co-authored or provided expert review of reports from the American Psychological Association, Promundo-US, and the World Health Organization. He has been the principal investigator of research grants from the American Cancer Society, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and several institutes within the National Institutes of Health. Author of over 140 peer-reviewed manuscripts, Dr. Griffith serves on the editorial boards of the American Journal of Men’s Health, Ethnicity & Disease, Health Education & Behavior, the International Journal of Men’s Social and Community Health, Psychology of Men and Masculinities, and Public Health Reports, and he has been a guest editor of a number of journal special issues or supplements.

He has received three noteworthy honors: (a) Tom Bruce Award from the Community-Based Public Health Caucus of the American Public Health Association in recognition of his research on “eliminating health disparities that vary by race, ethnicity and gender”, (b) he was named a Fellow of the American Academy of Health Behavior for his significant contributions to the field of health behavior research, and (c) he was named one of 1,000 Inspiring Black Scientists in America by the Cell Mentor’s Community of Scholars.