Dr. Caldwell is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education and Co-Associate Director of the Program for Research on Black Americans at the University of Michigan. She has published in the areas of help-seeking behaviors and informal social supports among African Americans, the Black church as a social service institution, and race-related socialization and academic achievement among African American youth. In addition to research and academic experiences, Dr. Caldwell has experience in the health policy field. She served as the health policy analyst on Capital Hill for U.S. Congressman J. Roy Rowland, and as a fellow in the office of U.S. Congressman Sander Levin.
HBEHED633: Social Networks and Social Support in Health Education
HBEHED660: Theory, Research and Practice in Adolescent Health
Ph.D., Social Psychology, University of Michigan, 1986
A.M., Psychology, University of Michigan, 1983
M.A., Human Development, Wayne State University, 1975
B.S., Psychology, North Carolina A & T State University, 1973
Research Interests & Projects
Intergenerational family influences on the psychological well-being of teenage parents.
Improving adolescent health through strengthening family relationships.
Family relationships, discrimination, and the mental health of African American and Caribbean Black adolescents.
Research methods in African American communities.
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Caldwell, C.H., Wright, J.C., Zimmerman, M.A., Walsemann, K.M., Williams, D., & Isichei, P.A.C. (2004). Enhancing adolescent health behaviors through strengthening non-resident father-son relationships: A model for intervention with African American families. In Health Education Research: Theory and Practice.
Caldwell, C.H., Sellers, R.M., Bernat, D.H., & Zimmerman, M.A. (2004). Racial identity, parental support, and alcohol use in a sample of academically at-risk African American high school students. American Journal of Community Psychology, 34, 71-81.
Repetto, R.B., Zimmerman, M.A., & Caldwell, C.H. (2004). A longitudinal study of the relationship between depressive symptoms and alcohol use in a sample of Black youth. Journal of Studies on Alcohol, 65, 179-183.
Caldwell, C.H., Kohn-Wood, L.P., Schmeelk-Cone, K.H., Chavous, T.M., & Zimmerman, M.A. (2004). Racial discrimination and racial identity as risk or protective factors for violent behaviors in African American young adults. American Journal of Community Psychology, 33, 91-105.
Caldwell, C.H., Chavous, T.M., Barnett, T.E., Kohn-Wood, L.P., & Zimmerman, M.A. (2003). Social determinants of experiences with violence among adolescents: Unpacking the role of race in violence
Sellers, R.M., Caldwell, C.H., Schmeelk-Cone, K.H., & Zimmerman, M.A. (2003). The role of racial identity and racial discrimination in the mental health of African American young adults. Journal of Health and Social Behavior, 44, 302-317.
Member, American Public Health Association
Member, Society for Research on Adolescents
Member, Society for Research on Child Development