Derek M. Griffith, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Medicine, Health & Society
Vanderbilt Univsity Medical Center
2301 Vanderbilt Place
Nashville, TN 37235-1665
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