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Broman, Cliff

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Cliff Broman


Dr. Clifford L. Broman is a Professor of Sociology at Michigan State University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. Dr. Broman is a sociological social psychologist by training who specializes in the areas of family, substance abuse & mental health, and racial inequality. In the past ten years, Dr. Broman has served as a regular member of the National Institutes of Health Psychosocial Development and Risk grant review panel, and been an ad-hoc grant review member for several other review panels.  Dr Broman has served on numerous editorial boards, including for the American Sociological Review, Sociological Focus, and currently for the Journal of Family Issues, and the Journal of Health and Social Behavior. A former ASA Minority Fellow, Dr. Broman currently serves on the ASA committee on the Minority Fellowship Program, and is a Life Member of the Association of Black Sociologists.

Dr. Broman teaches courses in family, race and ethnicity, health disparities and substance abuse.

Dr. Broman has published several articles, and has presented several conference research papers. Current projects include 1) the study of stress (including discrimination and racism) and the consequences for mental health and drug use among African-American and nonblack young adults and adolescents; 2) family formation behaviors and attitudes among African-Americans; and 3) racism and discrimination as culturally specific stressors in the health status of African-Americans. Recent publications include research on prescription drug abuse among young adults, the (mis)measurement of race in health studies, and family mediators of adolescent substance abuse.

Research Interests

  • Stress, substance abuse and families.
  • Family formative behavior. African-American family.
  • Racial and ethnic identity, and Racial Formation.

Areas of Specialization: Family; Health and Medicine; Community and Urban; Migration

Subareas: Ethnicity, Family, Mental Health, Race, Substance Abuse

Recent Publications

Broman, C. L. 2011. "Race differences in the use of mental health services among young adults". Psychological Services.

Broman, C. L., et al. 2010. "Racial and ethnic self identification influences on physical and mental health status among blacks." Race and Social Problems.