Edward J Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
33 Livingston Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Phone: (848) 932-2969
About Dr. Mouzon
Dawne M. Mouzon (Ph.D., M.A. in Sociology, Rutgers University; M.P.H. in Epidemiology, UMDNJ-School of Public Health) is a sociologist and Associate Professor at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy and the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.
Her work largely focuses on physical and mental health disparities facing low-income communities and communities of color. Dr. Mouzon has also written a series of papers on the Black-White paradox in mental health, or the unexpected finding that Black Americans typically exhibit better mental health outcomes than Whites despite their lower socioeconomic standing and greater exposure to racial discrimination.
Dr. Mouzon is also engaged in ongoing collaborations investigating the roles of racial discrimination and intimate partner violence on physical and mental health outcomes among African Americans and Caribbean Blacks. In addition to directing the SHINE (Social and Health INEquities) Lab at Rutgers and teaching courses in the areas of health, racial, and social justice, Dr. Mouzon mentors undergraduate students of color in various pipeline programs at Rutgers University.
“Race, Gender, and Mental Health: Diversities and Paradoxes”
I seek to understand causal mechanisms to explain what I call “the Black-White paradox in mental health,” or the unexpected finding that Blacks generally have better mental health than Whites despite their less favorable social standing in the United States. These findings contradict the well-established social gradient in health, which finds that as socioeconomic standing increases, health status improves. These findings also run counter the long-standing health inequities faced by Black Americans, which consistently show lower life expectancy and higher age-specific mortality rates among Blacks relative to all other major race/ethnic categories.
“Social, Health, and Policy Implications of the Marriage Decline”
I focus on marriage because aside from home ownership, marriage is the primary way in which wealth advantages (and by extension, life opportunities and health advantages) are conferred and passed down inter-generationally in the United States. Marriage is an understudied axis of inequality that creates cumulative health and social (dis)advantage for various groups. While scholars, policymakers, and advocates typically (and rightfully) target certain race/ethnic, gender, and socioeconomic status as groups in need of policy solutions and practice interventions, marital status has received relatively little attention.