RWJF Health & Society Scholar:
Clinical Psychology, Public Health
Area(s) of Expertise:
Men's Health Disparities, Masculinity and Health, Cancer Screening and Survivorship Among Men, Men's Health Services Research Utilization
Wizdom Powell received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Michigan in March 2005. Wizdom also holds a M.S. degree in Psychology from the University of Michigan and an M.P.H. degree from the University of Michigan School of Public Health. She received her B.A. in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Wizdom’s research has largely focused on investigating racially engendered health disparities among African American men. Wizdom received an award from the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation to fund her dissertation research, which examined factors associated with African American men’s medical mistrust, utilization of preventive health screening services, and engagement in self-protective health practices. During her graduate training, she also worked with the University of Michigan Prevention Research Center on the Fathers and Sons Evaluation Project, a CDC-funded community-based participatory intervention between nonresidential African American fathers and their pre-adolescent sons. Wizdom is a recipient of both the Ford Foundation Pre-doctoral Fellowship administered by the National Research Council and the American Psychological Association Minority Fellowship funded by SAMHSA. As a health and society scholar, Wizdom plans to investigate the interplay between social constructions of masculinity and African American men’s acquisition of healthcare/social capital across the lifespan and the impact of racial discrimination experienced by African American men in healthcare and social environments on their trust in healthcare organizations and professionals.