PhD candidate in Health Behavior and Heath Education, Sociocultural Anthropology cognate
Dissertation: “Raising A Dad”: The Relationship between African American Paternal Grandmothers’ Caregiving of Teen Fathers and Perceived Stress, Cleopatra Caldwell and Derek Griffith (Vanderbilt University), co-chairs
University of Michigan School of Public Health,Ann Arbor, MI
MPH in Health Behavior and Health Education, April 2007 (as Ebony Sandusky)
Reproductive and Women’s Health Interdepartmental Concentration University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
BA, Psychology/Women’s Studies, cum laude, August 2002 (as Ebony Sandusky)
Thesis: “The Influence ofHip Hop on Adolescent Girls’ Sexuality”—qualitative content analysis of hip hop videos and literature review on adolescent girls’ sexuality through feminist theoretical lens.
Research Interests My research examines how African American women’s parenting practices are affected by life experiences and sociocultural contexts. This work will inform the development of family-based interventions meant to reduce African American women’s health disparities.
Publications (revise and resubmit from Journal of Family Issues) Reddock, E, Caldwell, C & Antonucci, T. Paternal grandmothers’ socialization of their African American sons into teen fatherhood.
(in preparation) Reddock, E, Caldwell, C & Antonucci, T. The relationship between caregiving and stress among African American paternal grandmothers.
(in preparation) Reddock, E, Caldwell, C & Antonucci, T. Comparisons of caregiving of teen fathers between high- and low-stress African American paternal grandmothers.
(in preparation) Reddock, E, Caldwell, C & Antonucci, T. Relationship quality: Mediating and moderating influence on the relationship between caregiving and stress among African American paternal grandmothers
Caldwell, C & Sandusky, E. (2009) “Psychopathology and Risky Sexual Behaviors among Black Adolescents” In Handbook for the Study of Mental Health, 2nd ed. T. Scheid and T. Brown, eds.
Abstracts & Presentations Grandmothers’ Socialization of African American Teen Males Into Fatherhood, oral presentation at National Council on Family Relations Annual Conference, November 2012
Session Facilitator, Adolescent/Young Adult Sexual Health, National Council on Family Relations Annual Conference, November 2012
An Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods, oral presentations for Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program, UM, November 2010 and January 2011
Gender in Public Health Research, oral presentation at Gender, Sexuality and the PhD Symposium, October 2010
Urban Female Adolescents’ Perspectives on Violent Behavior: A Qualitative Approach, oral presentation at American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, November 2009
Board Evaluation of a community-based participatory research (CBPR) partnership process: The Detroit community-academic Urban Research Center, abstract at American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, November 2008
Multiculturalism in Research, oral presentation for Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program, UM, November 2007
‘Breaking The Silence’: The Role of Youth Empowerment Programs in Community HIV Prevention Work, presentation at CDC/DHPE National Conference on Health Education and Health Promotion/SOPHE Midyear Scientific Conference, Seattle, WA, 2007
Flint Youth at the Intersection of University-Community Partnerships, presentation at Community-Campus Partnerships for Health Annual Conference, Toronto, ON, CA, 2007
‘Friends with Benefits’ and Other Attitudinal Shifts Shaping the Sexual Behavior of Youth, panel presentation at Genesee County Health Department National Public Health Week conference, Flint, MI, 2007
‘Breaking The Silence’: 2006 Ruth Mott Community Health Careers Program, presentation at 21st Annual Public Health Students of African Descent Conference, University of Michigan School of Public Health, 2007
How To Talk So Kids Will Listen, workshop at Skillman Center for Children, Detroit, MI, 2005
Women of Color and Intimate Partner Violence, presentation at Women of Color conference, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 2002
Teaching & Mentoring Experience (all at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI)
Graduate Student Instructor, Psychosocial Factors in Health-Related Behavior, 2012
Providing instructional support, student advising and lecturing for introductory graduate-level health behavior course.
Instructional Aide, Qualitative Methods in Public Health, 2011
Managed logistical aspects of qualitative methods course in dept: grading, materials development, lecturing, assisting students with class assignments.
Research Mentor, Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program, 2007-2008, 2010-2012
Supervise and mentor undergraduate students participating in research training program.
Other Professional Positions Rackham Graduate School Office of Graduate Student Success
Graduate Student Staff, 2011
Coordinated undergraduate summer research program for students who are members of underrepresented groups: planned training sessions and conference presentations, facilitated relationships between students and faculty mentors.
Detroit Department of Health and Wellness
Adjunct Grant Reviewer, Fall 2009
Evaluated non-profit applications for a HIV program grant administered by the department.
Regional Alliance for Healthy Schools/University of Michigan School of Nursing
Research Assistant, 2007
Developed evaluation plan for RAHS Youth Advisory Council program, assisted in preparation for national presentation, including training of facilitators and developing materials.
Ruth Mott Community Health Careers Program/Flint Odyssey House Health Awareness Center
Project Coordinator/Ruth Mott Health Scholar, 2006
Designed and coordinated a component of a summer mentoring project for African American youth; facilitated a team of youth who created HIV/AIDS community health education materials; provided instruction on public health, development of HIV education curriculum for African American female youth.
University of Michigan School of Public Health/Community Action Network
Conducted health needs and capacity assessment for community-based organization.
Alternatives For Girls
Program Coordinator, SAGA Project/Move Experiment Programs, 2004-2005
Coordinated two peer education programs on LGBTQ youth issues and dance and self-expression, including supervision of paid youth, volunteers, program design and implementation.
Alternatives For Girls
Risk Reduction Coordinator-National AIDS Fund Americorps volunteer, Safe Choices/New Choices Programs, 2003-2004
Evaluated commercial sex worker outreach program; trained volunteers, staff on HIV/STI education, risk reduction techniques, transtheoretical model-based interventions; outreach to commercial sex workers; development of outreach materials.
The Health Connexion
Program Coordinator, Sister 2 Sister Program, 2002-2004
Coordinated mentoring program for pregnant Black women at high-risk for delivering low-birth-weight infants; developed volunteer mentor component of program.
U-M Center for African and Afroamerican Studies
Outreach Worker, Pedagogy of Action-South Africa, 2002
Conducted HIV/AIDS “Train the Trainer” trainings to South African residents throughout South Africa.