academic Affiliations

Help-Seeking & Service Use Among Black Americans with Depression

Dr. Campbell's research to date has focused on addressing the racial/ethnic disparities in mental health service use, particularly for depression.  Not much was known about Black Americans’ illness, help-seeking and service use experiences, particularly as it related to social-cultural influences, so she designed a qualitative study exploring the experiences of Black Americans with depression.   Dr. Campbell produced several manuscripts that identified unique factors in the experiences of Black Americans with depression including the reasons why Black Americans leave mental health services prematurely as well as how beliefs about illness and identity shape health beliefs and behaviors. The publications not only documented the nuances in the illness experiences of Black Americans but they also identified targets for intervention that, if focused on, would be considered culturally-responsive.  This work also showed that the process of accepting and treating depression is different for Black Americans due to social-cultural, -historical, and -political factors that impact how they see themselves, their illness, and their racial/cultural identity.  

Recognizing the Diversity among Black Americans and Their Mental Health Experiences

Dr. Campbell is dedicated to exploring the nuances of/in Black American experiences with depression, help-seeking and service use.  Her current work examines how gender impacts illness experiences as well as the intersectionality of racial/ethnic and illness identities.  Again, the goal of this research is to recognize the diversity of experiences among Black Americans so that interventions can be designed to address various sub-groups within Black communities.  

The Role of the Black Church in Meeting the Mental Health Needs of Black Americans

African Americans still underutilize mental health services at lower rates than their white counterparts even though their problems and accompanying symptoms are more persist and severe.  Another aim of Dr. Campbell's research is to explore innovative ways of addressing the mental health needs of Black Americans.  She is currently working on projects that investigate how Black American churches can become involved in addressing the mental health needs of Black Americans.  Historically, Black Americans have turned to the church in times of trouble because they are seen as trusted institutions, especially when they are shut out of formal care or encounter various structural, cultural/social, or financial barriers to that care.  The goal of the research is to inform churches and faith leaders on mental health, illness, and wellness, and guide them on how to assist those who come to them for help.  We want to replace myths with facts, explain differences in situational and clinical mental health problems, and offer clinically-, culturally-, and evidence-informed strategies for addressing mental health concerns.  

The Stigma of Mental Illness

In addition to the contributions described above, Dr. Campbell has also collaborated with other researchers to highlight and investigate strategies to combat the stigma around mental illness.  Stigma operates to prevent many individuals with mental health problems from seeking formal services.  Their research found that while stigma operated to prevent participants from seeking services, eventually they employed a variety of strategies that helped them deal with, or circumvent, the stigma and enabled them to seek care.  They did note, however, that stigma was still something that they still experienced and that more work needed to be done at various levels to de-stigmatize mental illness.  

Current work

Scholar * Researcher * Educator * Practitioner


"Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose."

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Dr. Campbell is affiliated with the following academic/research entities since the year indicated:

University of Georgia

  • Georgia Clinical & Translational Science Alliance (Georgia CTSA), 10,000 Women Taskforce (2018 - )

  • Interdisciplinary Qualitative Studies (2017 - )

  • Marriage and Family Therapy Certificate (2014 - )

  • Graduate Faculty (2012 - )

University of Michigan

  • Watkins Gender and Health Research Lab (2015 - )


research & Scholarship