2015-10-19

ICPSR welcomes interim director for Research Center for Minority Data (RCMD)


Harold W. Neighbors
Harold W. Neighbors has joined ICPSR as the Interim Director of the Resource Center for Minority Data (RCMD). Neighbors is Professor of Health Behavior and Health Education and former Director of the Center for Research on Ethnicity, Culture, and Health, where he is the Principal Investigator of a 15-year research education program, "Promoting Ethnic Diversity in Public Health Doctoral Research." Dr. Neighbors is also former Director of the Program for Research on Black Americans at the Institute for Social Research. He has over 30 years of experience investigating the health of Black Americans with an emphasis on racial disparities in depression and the use of professional services. Dr. Neighbors specializes in the recruitment of difficult-to-reach population groups. He has been PI on a multi-site study of racial differences in the diagnosis of depression and recently completed a four-city investigation of help-seeking for depression among Black men. He has a long-standing interest in ethno-cultural differences chronic disease management with an emphasis on depression, diabetes, and periodontal disease. His research addresses the challenges associated with taking a personal perspective on health that emphasizes the ability of Black Americans, regardless of SES and social context, to overcome the individual and structural determinants that degrade health. Dr. Neighbors is committed to developing behavioral interventions that build upon personal resilience to manage stress and chronic disease.