Cleopatra Howard Caldwell is a Professor of Health Behavior & Health Education at the School of Public Health, University of Michigan, where she is also Director of the Center for Research on Ethnicity, Culture, and Health. She is a Faculty Associate with the Program for Research on Black Americans at the Institute for Social Research and an Affiliated Faculty Member in the Department of Psychology. Dr. Caldwell’s research interest is in the area of psychosocial factors and family relationships at risk or protective factors for the well-being of ethnically diverse Black adolescents. Her community-based participatory research with nonresident African American fathers and their preadolescent sons resulted in a promising youth risk behavior preventive intervention for African American families. She is also collaborating with colleagues to examine the fathers’ role in pregnancy outcomes as a way to expand discussions about reducing health disparities in birth outcomes.
Dr. Caldwell currently serves as a member of the National Advisory Committee of the Pathways Transition Training Collaborative at Portland State University, the Grants Advisory Panel for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation, the Advisory Committee for the Center for Advancing Research and Solutions for Society at Michigan, and the Health and Behavioral Sciences Institutional Review Board at Michigan. She is also a recent member of the Governing Council for the Society for Research on Adolescents and she currently serves on the editorial board for multiple journals. Dr. Caldwell has been a member of the Executive Committee for the Institute for Research on Women and Gender and the Advisory Committee for the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching at Michigan, the National Advisory Committee of the Research and Training Center on Family Support and Children’s Mental Health at Portland State University, the National Children’s Study’s Community Outreach and Communications Working Group, and the National Advisory Committee for the W. T. Kellogg Foundation’s Food and Fitness Initiative. Dr. Caldwell also has been the Chair of the HBHE Doctoral Curriculum Committee and she has held leadership positions in several community organizations working to enhance the quality of life in the local community.
Dr. Caldwell also has experience in the health policy field. She served as a BUSH Policy Fellow in the office of U.S. Congressman Sander Levin during her doctoral training and as a SRCD Congressional Science Fellow on Capitol Hill after her doctoral training. In addition, she was the health policy analyst for U.S. Congressman J. Roy Rowland prior to returning to an active research and academic career.
- Ph.D., Social Psychology, University of Michigan, 1986
- A.M., Psychology, University of Michigan, 1983
- M.A., Human Development, Wayne State University, 1975
- B.S., Psychology, North Carolina A & T State University, 1973
- Caldwell, C.H., Kohn-Wood, L.P., Schmeelk-Cone, K.H., Chavous, T.M., & Zimmerman, M.A. (2004). Racial discrimination and racial identity as risk or protective factors for violent behaviors in African American young adults. American Journal of Community Psychology, 33, 91-105. [PMID: 15055757]
- Caldwell, C.H., Wright, J.C., Zimmerman, M.A., Walsemann, K.M., Williams, D., & Isichei, P.A.C. (2004). Enhancing adolescent health behaviors through strengthening nonresident father-son relationships: A model for intervention with African American families. Health Education Research: Theory & Practice, 19, 644-656. [PMID: 15199006]
- Jackson, J.S., Torres, M., Caldwell, C.H., Neighbors, H.W., Nesse. R.N., Taylor, R.J., Trierweiler, S.J., & Williams, D.R. (2004). The National Survey of American Life: A study of racial, ethnic and cultural influences on mental disorder and mental health. International Journal of Methods in Psychiatric Research, 13, 196-207. [PMID: 15719528]
- Caldwell, C.H., Sellers, R.M., Bernat, D.H., & Zimmerman, M.A. (2004). Racial identity, parental support, and alcohol use in a sample of academically at-risk African American high school students. American Journal of Community Psychology, 34, 71-81. [PMID: 15495795]
- Neighbors, H.W., Caldwell, C.H., Williams, D.R., Nesse, R., Taylor, R.J., Bullard, M.K., Torres, M, & Jackson, J.S. (2007). Race, ethnicity, and the use of services for mental disorders: Results from the National Survey of American Life. Archives of General Psychiatry, 64, 485-494. [PMID: 17404125]
- Xue, Y., Zimmerman, M.A., & Caldwell, C.H. (2007). Neighborhood residence and urban youth’s cigarette smoking: The protective role of prosocial activities. American Journal of Public Health, 97, 1865-1872.
- Seaton, E.K., Caldwell, C.H., Sellers, R.M., & Jackson, J.S. (2008). The prevalence of perceived discrimination among African American and Caribbean Black youth. Developmental Psychology, 44, 1288-97. [PMID: 18793063][PMCID: PMC2556985][NIHMSID: NIHMS59545]
- Thomas, O., Caldwell, C.H., Faison, N., & Jackson, J.S. (2009). Promoting academic achievement: The role of racial identity in buffering perceptions of teacher discrimination on academic achievement among African American and Caribbean Black adolescents. Journal of Educational Psychology, 101, 420-431.
- Davis, R. N., Caldwell, C.H., Clark, S.J., & Davis, M. (2009). Depressive symptoms in non-resident African American fathers and involvement with their sons. Pediatrics, 124, 1611-1618. http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/cgi/reprint/124/6/1611
- Caldwell, C.H., Rafferty, J., Reischl, T., De Loney, E.H., & Brooks, C.L. Enhancing parenting skills among nonresident African American fathers as a strategy for preventing youth risky behaviors. (2010). American Journal of Community Psychology, 45, 17-35. [PMID: 20082239]
- Seaton, E.K., Caldwell, C.H., Sellers, R.M., & Jackson, J.S. (2010). Developmental characteristics of African American and Caribbean Black adolescents’ attributions regarding discrimination. Journal of Research on Adolescents, 1-15. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1532-7795.2010.00659.x/pdf
- Caldwell, C.H., Bell, L., Brooks, C.L., Ward, J.D., & Jennings, C. (in press). Engaging nonresident African American fathers in intervention research: What practitioners should know about parental monitoring in nonresident families. Journal of Research on Social Work Practice.