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Louis Graham

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Assistant Professor, Health Promotion and Policy
Family Research Scholar, 2016-2017



Using community-based participatory approaches, Dr. Graham's scholarship aims to understand psychosocial determinants of mental and sexual health among ethnic minority and sexually marginalized groups – including depression, anxiety, and HIV prevention among black and Latino gay and bisexual men and transgender women. His approach to CBPR facilitates power sharing whereby community stakeholders are engaged in the entire research process from beginning to end. Also central to his research is incorporating critical race theory and queer theory as frameworks and analytic tools. Though he employ mix-methods, Graham is most interested in narrative and visual methods.

Dr. Graham values transdisciplinary collaboration and locates his work at the intersections of theory, research, policy, and practice. He is a Kaiser Permanente Burch Policy Fellow and  a co-principal investigator of a five-year, Ford Foundation funded research project, “Detroit Youth Passages,” ( which seeks to examine and positively transform structural conditions that contribute to sexual vulnerabilities. In this role, he is the director of all research, communication, and dissemination activities in partnership with the Ruth Ellis Center and African-American transgender and gay communities in Detroit.