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Sean Joe, PhD

Inducted in 2017

Current Position

Benjamin E. Youngdahl Professor of Social Development, Brown School, Washington University in St. Louis

Sean Joe, PhD, MSW, began his position as the Associate Dean for the Brown School July 1, 2015. Dr. Joe also co-chairs the Brown School’s Community-based Partnership Committee.  As founding Director of the Race and Opportunity Lab, his current research examines race, opportunity, and social mobility with an emphasis on informing policies, interventions, and intra-professional practice to improve familial and community capacity to reduce ethnic gaps in inequality in adolescents’ healthy transition to adulthood.  The lab leading study is an applied research project, HomeGrown STL, which is a multi-systemic regional capacity building intervention to enhance programs use of evidence to better serve and support the well-being and health of Black males ages 12-29 years in the St. Louis region (i.e. City and County).

His epistemological work focuses on the role of race in science that features a journal club for doctoral students and faculty and the planning for an upcoming 2018 symposium and book project.

Dr. Joe is a nationally recognized authority on suicidal behavior among Black Americans, and is expanding the evidence base for effective practice with Black boys and young men. He is the 2009 recipient of the Edwin Shneidman Award from the American Association of Suicidology for outstanding contributions in research to the field of suicide studies and the 2008 recipient of the Early Career Achievement Award from the Society for Social Work and Research. He has published in the areas of suicide, violence, and firearm-related violence.

Previously, he held a joint position as associate professor in the School of Social Work and the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan’s School of Medicine. He also served as a faculty associate and Associate Director for Research and Training at the Program for Research on Black Americans at the Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan.

Dr. Joe serves on the Steering Committee of the national Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC). He was a member of the board of directors for the Society for Social Work and Research (2013-2016).  He is the Founder and Director of the Emerging Scholars Interdisciplinary Network, a national interdisciplinary and multi-ethnic professional development network for early career social and behavior scientist.  Dr. Joe is a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine and the Society for Social Work and Research.

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