Henry A. Willis

Postdoctoral Research Scientist

Henry A. Willis, Ph.D. graduated from the Clinical Psychology program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is originally from Jackson, Mississippi, and he received his B.S. in psychology from Howard University and his M.A. in clinical psychology from Columbia University. His research interests include exploring the relationship between online and offline racial discrimination and mental health outcomes, understanding sociocultural protective factors (i.e., racial identity) and how they impact psychopathology (i.e., obsessive-compulsive disorder) within African Americans, creating cultural adaptations of evidence-based treatments, and utilizing mobile-health technology to increase access to mental health treatments for underserved populations. In 2016, Dr. Willis was awarded the Health Policy Research Scholars grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and plans to use his clinical psychology training to influence health policy and build a culture of health. In 2018, Dr. Willis was awarded the Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, and will use the training from this fellowship to enhance diversity in teaching and research at the university level. Dr. Willis defended his dissertation, “Developing Culturally-Adapted Mobile-Health Interventions: A Multi-study Mixed Methods Approach”, in November 2019. Dr. Willis was awarded the Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, & Medicine to continue his research at Columbia University’s School of Social Work.