Dawne M. Mouzon, Ph.D.

Dawne Mouzon

Associate Professor
B.A., Rutgers University; M.P.H. (Epidemiology), UMDNJ School of Public Health; M.A. and Ph.D. (Sociology), Rutgers University .
Research Interests
  • Mental Health
  • Medical Sociology
  • Family Demography
  • Health Disparities
  • Health Policy
  • Race, Class, and Gender

Dr. Dawne M. Mouzon is an Associate Professor at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy and a core faculty member at the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Having earned degrees in Psychology and Africana Studies (undergraduate), public health/epidemiology (master’s degree), and sociology (master’s degree and Ph.D.), her work remains largely interdisciplinary. Dr. Mouzon’s early work focused on the Black-White paradox in mental health, or the unexpected finding that Blacks generally exhibit better mental health outcomes than Whites despite their lower socioeconomic standing and greater exposure to discrimination. She wrote a series of papers regarding the roles of family relationships, relationships of choice, and religious involvement as potential mechanisms to explain the mental health paradox. Dr. Mouzon’s current research interests involve social-structural barriers to Black family formation and the physical, emotional, social, and financial well-being of African Americans who are aging alone. She is also engaged in ongoing collaborations investigating the roles of discrimination and intimate partner violence on physical and mental health outcomes among African Americans and Black Caribbeans.

Complete Curriculum Vitae (C.V.)

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Undergraduate Courses
  • Introduction to Health Disparities
  • Advanced Topics in Health Disparities
  • Mental Health & Society
  • Mental Health Policy
  • Epidemiology
  • Social Research Methods
Graduate Courses
  • Advanced Topics in Health Disparities
  • Mental Health & Society
  • Mental Health Policy
  • Methods of Planning and Analysis I

Recent Publications

Chapters in Books or Monographs

  • 2019: Carr, Deborah S. and Dawne M. Mouzon. In Press. “Intimate Relationships and Health.” Oxford Handbook of Integrative Health Science (Eds. Carol D. Ryff and Robert F. Krueger) (39 pages)
  • 2018: Mouzon, Dawne M. 2017. “’If Only They Would Make Better Food Choices’: Confronting Myths About Ethnoracial Health Disparities.” Pp. 250-268 in: McClure, Stephanie M. and Cherise A. Harris (Eds.): Getting Real About Race: Conversations About Race and Ethnicity in the Post-Obama Era (2nd edition). Sage Publications.

Articles in Refereed Journals

  • 2020: Mouzon, Dawne M., Robert J. Taylor, and Linda M. Chatters. 2020. “Gender Differences in Marriage, Romantic Involvement, and Desire for Romantic Involvement Among Older African Americans.” PLOS One 15(5), e0233836.
  • 2019: Nguyen, Ann W., Quenette Walton, Courtney Thomas, Dawne M. Mouzon, and Harry Owen Taylor. 2019. “Social Support from Friends and Depression Among African Americans: The Moderating Influence of Education.” Journal of Affective Disorders 253, 1-7.
  • 2019: Springer, Kristen and Dawne M. Mouzon. 2019. “One Step Toward More Research on Aging Men: Operationalizing Hegemonic Masculinity for Older Men Scale (HMOMS).” Journal of Men’s Studies 27(2), 183-203.
  • 2018: Curenton, Stephanie, Jocelyn Elise Crowley, and Dawne Mouzon. 2018. “Qualitative Descriptions of Middle-Class, African American Mothers’ Child Rearing Practices and Values.” Journal of Family Issues. 39(4): 868-895
  • 2017: Mouzon, Dawne M. 2017. “Religious Involvement and the Black-White Paradox in Mental Health.” Race and Social Problems 9(1), 63-78.
  • 2017: Mouzon, Dawne M. and Jamila McLean*. 2017. “Internalized Racism and Mental Health Among African Americans, U.S.-Born Black Caribbeans, and Foreign-Born Black Caribbeans.” Ethnicity and Health 22(1) 36-48.
  • 2017: Mouzon, Dawne M., Robert Joseph Taylor, Amanda Toler Woodward, and Linda M. Chatters. 2017. “Everyday Racial Discrimination, Everyday Non-Racial Discrimination, and Physical Health Among African Americans.” Journal of Ethnic & Cultural Diversity in Social Work 26(1-2), 68-80. NIHMSID: #801816.
  • 2017: Mouzon, Dawne M., Robert Joseph Taylor, Verna M. Keith, Emily Nicklett, and Linda M. Chatters. 2017. “Discrimination and Psychiatric Disorders Among Older African Americans.” International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 32(2), 175-182. NIHMSID: #782293; PMCID: #5002385.
  • 2017: Keith, Verna M., Ann W. Nguyen, Dawne M. Mouzon, Robert J. Taylor, and Linda M. Chatters. 2017. “Microaggressions, Discrimination, and Phenotype Among African Americans: A Latent Class Analysis of the Impact of Skin Tone and BMI.” Sociological Inquiry 87(2), 233-255. NIHMSID: #833039.2016: Mouzon, Dawne M. and Jamila McLean.
  • 2017: Mouzon, Dawne M., Robert J. Taylor, Ann M. Nguyen, and Linda M. Chatters. 2016. “Serious Psychological Distress among African Americans: Findings from the National Survey of American Life.” Journal of Community Psychology 44(6), 765-780. NIHMSID: #733313; PMCID: #4973811.
  • 2017: Taylor, Robert Joseph, Dawne M. Mouzon, Ann W. Nguyen, and Linda M. Chatters. “Reciprocal Family, Friendship, and Congregational Support Networks of African Americans: Findings from the National Survey of American Life.” Race and Social Problems 8(4), 326-339. NIHMSID: 831839.
  • 2017: Lacey, Krim K. and Dawne M. Mouzon. 2016. “Severe Physical Intimate Partner Violence and the Mental and Physical Health of U.S. Caribbean Black Women.” Journal of Women’s Health 25(9): 920-929. PMCID: 26918816.
  • 2017: Lacey, Krim K., Dawne M. Mouzon, Ishtar O. Govia, James S. Jackson, and Niki Matusko. 2016. “Substance Use Among Blacks Across the African Diaspora.” Substance Use and Misuse 51(9): 1147-1158. PMCID: 27191862.
  • 2016. “Internalized Racism and Mental Health Among African Americans, U.S.-Born Black Caribbeans, and Foreign-Born Black Caribbeans.” Ethnicity and Health 22(1), 36-48.
  • 2016: Smith, Dena T., Dawne M. Mouzon, and Marta Elliott. 2016. “Reviewing the Assumptions About Men’s Mental Health: An Exploration of the Gender Binary.” Forthcoming, American Journal of Men’s Health.
  • 2015: Lacey, Krim K., Regina Parnell, Dawne M. Mouzon, Niki Matusko, Doreen Head, and James S. Jackson.  2015. “The Mental Health of U.S. Black Women: The Roles of Social Context and Intimate Partner Violence.” BMJ Open 2015;5:e008415.


  • 2018: Mouzon D, Brownlee S, Chou J and Cantor JC. Stress in New Jersey. 2016 Poll Brief, No. 2: New Jersey Health & Well-Being Poll. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers Center for State Health Policy, 2017.
  • 2017: Watkins, Daphne C., Jamie Mitchell, Dawne M. Mouzon, and Jaclynn Hawkins. 2017. “Physical and Mental Health Interventions for for Black Men in the United States.” Report prepared for RISE (Research Integration Strategies Evaluation) for Men and Boys of Color. (46 pages)

Areas of Expertise: Public HealthSocial Policy/Inequality and DisparitiesStatistical Research Methods