Linda M. Chatters, Ph.D.

Linda Chatters

Professor, Health Behavior & Health Education

Professor, School of Social Work

Faculty Associate, Program for Research on Black Americans

3818 SPH I      Vcard icon
1415 Washington Heights
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2029

(734) 647-3178; Fax: (734) 763-7379; SSW Office: (734) 763-0411


Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Professional Summary

Dr. Chatters holds a joint appointment as a Professor in the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education (School of Public Health) and in the School of Social Work. She is the faculty coordinator of the Dual Degree Program in Social Work and Public Health. Dr. Chatters is also a Faculty Associate with the Program for Research on Black Americans, Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan. The major focus of Dr. Chatters' research has been the study of adult development and aging as it relates to the mental and physical health status and functioning of older persons in a variety of social contexts (i.e., the family, church, and community). Integral to this work is a concern with the relationships between personal and social relationships of older persons and individual outcomes (i.e., social support, subjective well-being, and perceptions of health status). A particular emphasis of this work has been the investigation of religious involvement among the African American population and the assessment of the independent effects of relevant religious, personal, and social status factors on well-being. Dr. Chatters has been designated by Thomson-ISI as a Highly Cited Researcher in the Category of General Social Sciences. ISI Author Publication Number A0347-2004-0.

Courses Taught

HBEHED629: Families and Health
SW613: Behavioral, Psychosocial and Ecological Aspects of Health and Disease (School of Social Work)


Ph.D., Psychology, University of Michigan, 1983
A.B., Psychology, University of California at Berkeley, 1975

Research Interests & Projects

Dr. Chatters' interests include the role of religion as a protective factor for physical and mental health and social support systems within African American communities. Some of the projects she is currently involved in are:

Church-based Assistance and Older Blacks

African American Mental Health Research Program

Solidarity and Support within Three-Generational Families

National Survey of American Life

Risk and Protective Factors of Depression Among Racial Groups

Religion and Suicidal Behavior Among Black Americans

Selected Publications

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Chatters, L. M., Mattis, J. A., Woodward, A. T., Taylor, R. J., Neighbors, H. W. & Grayman, N. A. (In Press). Use of ministers for a serious personal problem among African Americans. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry

Taylor, R. J., Chatters, L. M., & Joe, S. (In Press). Non-organizational religious participation, subjective religiosity, and spirituality among older African Americans and Black Caribbeans. Journal of Religion and Health

Lincoln, K. D., Taylor, R. J., Chae, D. & Chatters, L. M. (January, 2010). Demographic correlates of psychological well-being and distress among older African Americans and Caribbean Black adults. Best Practices in Mental Health, 1, 103-126.

Chatters, L.M., Bullard, K. M., Taylor, R.J., Woodward, A.T., Neighbors, H.W. & Jackson, J.S. (2008). Religious participation and DSM-IV disorders among older African Americans: Findings from the National Survey of American Life (NSAL). American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 957-965.

Woodward, A. T., Bullard, K. M., Taylor, R. J., Chatters, L. M., Baser, R. E., Perron, B. E., & Jackson, J. S. (2009). Use of complementary and alternative medicines for mental and substance use disorders: A comparison of African Americans, Caribbean Blacks, and non-Hispanic Whites. Psychiatric Services, 60, 1342-1349.

Taylor, R.J., Chatters, L.M., Bullard, K.M., Wallace, J.M., & Jackson, J.S. (2009). Organizational religious behavior among older African Americans: Findings from the National Survey of American Life. Research on Aging, 440-462.

Taylor, R.J., Chatters, L.M., & Jackson, J.S. (2009). Correlates of spirituality among African Americans and Caribbean Blacks in the United States: Findings from the National Survey of American Life. Journal of Black Psychology, 35(3), 317-342.

Chatters, L.M., Taylor, R.J., Bullard, K.M., & Jackson, J.S. (2009). Race and ethnic differences in religious involvement: African Americans, Caribbean Blacks and non-Hispanic whites. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 32(7), 1143-1163.

Professional Affiliations

Member, American Public Health Association
Member, Gerontological Society of America
Member, National Council on Family Relations