Louis F. Graham

University of Massachusetts Assistant Professor of Community Health Education Louis Graham
Assistant Professor
301 Arnold House



B.A., Carleton College, 2005; M.P.H., Morehouse School of Medicine, 2007; Dr.P.H., University of North Carolina Greensboro (UNCG), 2010

Area(s) of Specialization: 

Health inequities; CBPR; Psychosocial health; LGBT health; Cultural studies

Research Description: 

Using community-based participatory approaches, my scholarship aims to understand and address structural and psychosocial determinants of mental and sexual health among ethnically minoritized and sexually marginalized groups – including stress, depression, and HIV prevention with black and Latino communities, gay and bisexual men and transgender women. My approach to CBPR facilitates power sharing whereby community stakeholders are engaged in the entire research process from beginning to end. Also central to my research is incorporating critical race theory and queer theory as frameworks and analytic tools. Though I employ mix-methods, I am most interested in narrative and visual methods.

I value transdisciplinary collaboration and locate my work at the intersections of theory, research, policy, and practice. I lead a five-year, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) funded randomized control trial of a narrative and storytelling based stress reduction (cortisol measure) intervention for African-American men. I have a policy background and am the former co-PI of a five-year Ford Foundation funded project, Detroit Youth Passages. I hold a joint appointment with the Commonwealth Honors College, am a Center for Research on Families Scholar, and a Visiting Professor at the University of California San Francisco.

Key Publications: 

Graham LF, Padilla MB, Lopez WD, Stern AM, Peterson, and Keene DE. (2016). Spatial stigma and health in postindustrial Detroit. International Quarterly of Community Health Education; 36 (2).

Graham LF, Stern AM, Peterson J, Bosse J. (November 20, 2015). The killing of transgender women: Responding with a different list. Huffington Post.

Graham LF, Aronson RE, Pulliam RM, Mann L, and Rhodes SD. (2014). Preventing HIV among Black Men in College Using a CBPR Approach. In S.D. Rhodes (ed.), Innovations in HIV Prevention Research and Practice through Community Engagement. Springer.

Graham LF, Matiz A, Lopez W, Gracey A, Snow RC, and Padilla M. (2013). Addressing economic devastation and built environment degradation to prevent violence: A photovoice project of Detroit Youth Passages. Community Literacy Journal; 8(1): 41-52.

Graham LF. (2012). Psychosocial health of black sexually marginalized men. In H. Treadwell, C. Xanthos, & K. Holden (eds.), Social determinants of Health Among African-American Men. Jossey Bass.

Graham LF, Brown-Jeffy S, Aronson RE, and Stephens C. (2011). Critical Race Theory as theoretical framework and analysis tool for population health research. Critical Public Health Journal; 21(1): 81-93.