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Derek M.  Griffith

Derek M. Griffith, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Medicine, Health and Society
Associate Professor of General Internal Medicine and Public Health
Associate Professor of Health Policy
Associate Professor of Sociology

Contact Information:

Vanderbilt University
2301 Vanderbilt Place
PMB# 351665
Nashville, TN 37235-1665
Fax: 615-343-8889


I develop and test theories and interventions that seek to improve men's ability to prevent and control cancer. I am particularly interested in using family-based interventions and technology (e.g., mobile phones) to deliver tailored interventions to men that promote healthy eating, physical activity and informed decision-making about prostate cancer screening and treatment. My qualitative and intervention research has focused primarily on African American men in urban areas though I am interested in working with other groups of men and in rural and suburban settings as well. I also conduct secondary analyses of large regional and national datasets to explore the factors that influence cancer risk behaviors, cancer morbidities and cancer mortality. I recently completed a study where I was the Principal Investigator of a five-year, American Cancer Society Mentored Research Scholar Grant, and I am finishing an NIMHD-funded comparative effectiveness study examining the effects of physical activity interventions on black and Latino men. Currently, I am transferring an R21 grant funded by NIDDK to develop a bank of tailored messages to be used in an intervention to promote healthier eating and physical activity among African American men 35-74.

  • Postdoctoral Fellowship - University of North Carolina
  • MA and PhD - DePaul University 
  • Predoctoral Fellowship - Yale University 
  • BA - University of Maryland at College Park