Derek M. Griffith, Ph.D., 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 at Georgetown University. Trained in psychology and public health, Dr. Griffith’s program of research focuses on developing strategies to improve Black men’s health and to achieve racial, ethnic and gender equity in health. In addition to developing and conducting precision lifestyle medicine interventions to prevent and control obesity and other chronic diseases in Black men, he has applied community-organizing principles to interventions to address institutional racism in local and state public health departments. Dr. Griffith is a contributor to and editor of Men’s Health Equity: A Handbook (Routledge, 2019) and Racism: Science and Tools for the Public Health Professional (APHA Press, 2019), and author of more than 140 peer-reviewed manuscripts. Dr. Griffith serves on the Interventions and Social Determinants of Health Subcommittees of the NINDS Health Disparities Steering Committee, and he has been the principal investigator of research grants from the American Cancer Society, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and several institutes within NIH. In recognition of his research on “eliminating health disparities that vary by race, ethnicity and gender”, Dr. Griffith won the Tom Bruce Award from the Community-Based Public Health Caucus of the American Public Health Association, and he was named one of 1,000 Inspiring Black Scientists in America by the Cell Mentor’s Community of Scholars in December 2020.

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