Darrell Hudson, PhD, MPH is an associate professor at Washington University’s Brown School. He spearheads research that focuses on racial/ethnic health disparities and the role of social determinants of health, particularly how socioeconomic position and social context affect health and health disparities. He is currently investigating why data show that African Americans — despite bearing a disproportionate burden of physical health disparities and greater exposure to stress — have lower rates of depression compared to white Americans. He has also examined perceptions of depression and mental health care among African Americans and investigated comorbid depression and Type 2 diabetes in various settings.

Hudson co-founds the Collaboration on Race, Inequality, and Social Mobility in America.

Hudson and Brown School colleagues Sheretta Butler-Barnes and David Patterson co-direct the Collaboration on Race, Inequality, and Social Mobility in America​ (CRISMA). CRISMA was launched to examine the impact of inequality and structural racism on people of color in our country.

“Our aim is to investigate multilevel approaches to addressing social, economic, and health inequities in the United States.”

Gathering scholars from multiple disciplines, including psychology, public health and social work, CRISMA focuses on building resilience; exploring costs of upward social mobility; exploring the costs of mental health; and the psychosocial and environmental factors related to health and well-being across the course of a life.

Journal on Race, Inequity, and Social Mobility in America launches.

In 2017, CRISMA launched the Journal on Race, Inequality, and Social Mobility in America. It is a peer-reviewed and refereed multidisciplinary journal published by Washington University in St. Louis. The goal of the journal is to publish scholarly works that specifically address Race, Inequality, and Social Mobility in American communities and are free and open access to under-served communities.

Hudson holds a joint appointment with the Washington University Department of Psychiatry, is a faculty scholar with the Institute for Public Health, and teaches the courses “Social Epidemiology,” “Health Behavior and Health Promotion,” as well as “Transdisciplinary Problem Solving: Popular Culture and Public Health.”

Prior to his faculty appointment, Hudson completed a postdoctoral fellowship with the Kellogg Health Scholars Program at the University of California at San Francisco/Berkeley.

To contact Darrell Hudson, email d.hudson@wustl.edu.