Linda M. Chatters, PhD
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.
- HBEHED629: Families and Health
- PhD, 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
- 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 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 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 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 1143-1163.
- Member, American Public Health Association
- Member, Gerontological Society of America
- Member, National Council on Family Relations