Dawne Mouzon

Dawne M. Mouzon, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
B.A., Rutgers University; M.P.H. (Epidemiology), UMDNJ School of Public Health; M.A. and Ph.D. (Sociology), Rutgers University


Contact Information

Civic Square Building, room 546

Phone (848) 932-2969

Fax (732) 932-6564

E-mail: dawne.mouzon@rutgers.edu


Research Interests

  • Mental Health
  • Medical Sociology
  • Family Demography
  • Health Disparities
  • Health Policy
  • Race, Class, and Gender


Undergraduate Courses


Graduate Courses


Publications and Activities

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

  • Chatters, Linda M., Robert J. Taylor, Ann Nguyen, and Dawne M. Mouzon.  “Family and Non-Kin Correlates of Fictive Kin Networks Among African Americans.”  Revise and Resubmit;
  • Nguyen, Ann M., Linda M. Chatters, Robert Joseph Taylor, and Dawne M. Mouzon.  “Social Support From Family and Friends and Subjective Well- Being of Aging African Americans.”  Forthcoming, Journal of Happiness Studies.
  • Mouzon, Dawne M.  2014.  “Relationships of Choice: Can Friendships or Fictive Kin Explain the Race Paradox in Mental Health?" Social Science Research, 44:32-43.
  • Mouzon, Dawne M.   2013.  "Can Family Relationships Explain the Race Paradox in Mental Health?"  Journal of Marriage and Family 75, 470-485.
  • Springer, Kristen W. and Dawne M. Mouzon.  2011. "'Macho Men' and Preventive Healthcare: Implications for Older Men in Different Social Classes." Journal of Health and Social Behavior, 52(2):212-227
  • Longo, Daniel R., Bin Ge, M. Elise Radina, Allen Greiner, Casey D. Williams, Gregory S. Longo, Dawne M. Mouzon, Ana Natale-Pereira, and Debbie Salas-Lopez. 2009.  “Understanding Breast Cancer Patients’ Perceptions Regarding Health Information-Seeking Behavior and Passive Information Receipt. “ Journal of Communication in Healthcare, 2(2):184-206.
  • Natale-Pereira, Ana, Jonnie Marks, Marielos Vega, Dawne M. Mouzon, Shawna V. Hudson, and Debbie Salas-Lopez.  2008.  “Barriers and Facilitators for Colorectal Cancer Screening Practices in the Latino Community: Perspectives from Community Leaders.” Cancer Control, 15(2):157-165.
  • Salas-Lopez, Debbie, Dawne M. Mouzon, Jonnie Marks, Neil Kothari, and Ana Natale-Pereira.  “Perspectives on Cancer Screening Among Latino Community Members and Internal Medicine Residents.”  2007.  Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action, 1(3):241-248.
  • Salas-Lopez, Debbie, Linda J. Holmes, Dawne M. Mouzon, and Maria L. Soto-Greene.  2007.  “Cultural Competency in the State of New Jersey: Evolution from Planning to Law.”  Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 18(1):35-43.
  • Harris (Mouzon), Dawne M. and Louise B. Russell.  2005.  “Hospitalizations Attributable to Arthritis, Smoking, and Hypertension: A Comparison Based on NHANES and NHEFS.”  Arthritis Care and Research 53(4):543-548.
  • Harris (Mouzon), Dawne M., Jane E. Miller, and Diane M. Davis.  2003.  “Racial Differences in Breast Cancer Screening: Knowledge, Attitudes, and Compliance.”  Journal of the National Medical Association 95(8):689-697.


Book Chapters

  • Mouzon, Dawne M.  2014. "’Blacks Don't Value Marriage as Much as Other Groups': Structural Inequality in Black Family Patterns."  Pp. 145-155 in: McClure, Stephanie M. and Cherise A. Harris (Eds.): Getting Real About Race: Hoodies, Mascots, Model Minorities, and Other ConversationsSage Publications.
  • Rosenfield, Sarah and Dawne M. Mouzon.  2013.  "Gender and Mental Health,” in Carol S. Aneshensel and Jo C. Phelan.  Pp. 277- 296 in Handbook of the Sociology of Mental Health.  2nd edition.  New York: Springer. (cited by 127 authors as of 7/21/2014)


Manuscripts Under Review

  • Mouzon, Dawne M.  "Religious Involvement and the Black-White Paradox in Mental Health."  
  • Mouzon, Dawne M., Thomasina Anane, Theresa M. Simpson, Alexis N. Duckett, and Daphne C. Watkins.  “Intergenerational Mobility and Goal-Striving Stress Among Black Americans: The Roles of Ethnicity and Nativity Status.”
  • Mouzon, Dawne M. and Jamila McLean.  “A New Immigrant Paradox? Perceived Everyday Racial Discrimination Among African Americans, U.S.-Born Black Caribbeans, and Foreign-Born Black Caribbeans.” 
  • Mouzon, Dawne M., Robert J. Taylor, Ann M. Nguyen, and Linda M. Chatters.  “Serious Psychological Distress Among African Americans: An Exploration of Novel Factors.”
  • Smith, Dena T. and Dawne M. Mouzon.  “A Call for Further Investigations of Men’s Mental Health: A Re-Examination of the Gender Binary.”
  • Lacey, Krim K., Regina Parnell, Dawne M. Mouzon, Niki Matusko, Doreen Head, and James S. Jackson.  “The Mental Health of U.S. Black Women: The Roles of Social Context and Intimate Partner Violence.”
  • Lacey, Krim K., Dawne M. Mouzon, Ishtar O. Govia, James S. Jackson, and Niki Matusko.  “Substance Use Among Blacks Across the African Diaspora.”


Manuscripts in Progress

  • Mouzon, Dawne M.  “The Black-White Paradox in Mental Health: Truth or the Gradual Construction of a Silent Epidemic?"
  • Mouzon, Dawne M. and Jamila McLean.  “The Black Immigrant Paradox: Exploring Perceived Racial Discrimination and Self-Rated Health.” 
  • Lacey, Krim K. and Dawne M. Mouzon.  “The Role of Severe Intimate Partner Violence on the Mental and Physical Health of U.S. Black Caribbean Women.”
  • Watkins, Daphne C., Dawne M. Mouzon, Jocelyn R. Smith, and Jamie Abelson.  “Through the Eyes of Black Women: The Language of Black Men’s Depression.”


Policy Briefs


Encyclopedia Entries (Invited)

  • Smith, Dena T. and Dawne M. Mouzon.  2014.  "Men's Mental Health." In: Cockerham, William C. (Ed.): Blackwell Encyclopedia of Health, Illness, Behavior, and Society.  Wiley-Blackwell: Oxford, UK.




Dawne Marie Mouzon is an Assistant Professor at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University. Dr. Mouzon primarily investigates race differences in physical and mental health status. She currently has two strands of research. In one project, she uses data from the National Midlife Development in the U.S. to examine how race and gender jointly moderate the association between marital status and mental health. This project extends past research assuming that marriage is universally salubrious for mental health. Another project (an extension of her dissertation research) uses data from the National Survey of American Life to explore causal mechanisms to explain the race paradox in mental health. She specifically focuses on whether the quantity and quality of four different social relationships (families, friends, fictive kin, and church members) can explain the unexpected finding that African Americans have better mental health outcomes than Whites. She spent 10 summers teaching Project L/EARN, an undergraduate research training program in health and mental health services research for underrepresented students at the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research at Rutgers University.

Complete Curriculum Vitae (C.V.)