Harold 'Woody' Neighbors

Harold 'Woody' Neighbors
  • C.S. Mott Endowed Professor of Public Health
  • Established through a gift from the C.S. Mott Foundation
  • Family Medicine
  • Human Medicine


Harold “Woody” W. Neighbors is a Charles Stewart Mott Endowed Professor of Public Health at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine.

He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Haverford College and doctorate in social psychology from the University of Michigan. For the past 30 years, Dr. Neighbors has been a professor at the University of Michigan where he dedicated his career to the investigation of health behavior and mental health among Black Americans.

He has a long-standing interest in studying how ethnic differences in health and illness behavior affect major depression, diabetes, and oral health in difficult-to- reach population groups. His work promotes a personal empowerment perspective on coping with stress that emphasizes the ability of people, regardless of racial identification or socioeconomic position, to draw upon psychological strengths and social assets to overcome personal and community barriers that degrade mental health.