Dr. Harold “Woody” Neighbors

Dr. Harold “Woody” Neighbors

Division of Intramural Research
Email: harold.neighbors@nih.gov
Phone: 301-402-1366

Dr. Harold “Woody” Neighbors is a Senior Scientific Advisor with the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities. As an applied social psychologist with a background in survey research, Dr. Neighbors specializes in the development of methodological procedures to recruit difficult-to-reach population groups (i.e., prison residents, psychiatric inpatients, low-income groups of color, and men). He has spent his career studying racial, ethnic and gender disparities in help-seeking behavior for emotional problems, and the measurement of mental disorder in treatment and community settings. Dr. Neighbors also studies hope, discouragement, and social mobility as mechanisms connecting race and stress to mental health. He recently completed a community-based lifestyle intervention that reduced HbA1c, an indicator of blood sugar, in 40 adult Black men diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.

Dr. Neighbors has mentored numerous students and early-career professionals. He has been Principal Investigator/Program Director on three NIH-funded diversity research programs, most recently on the Research to Reduce Disparities in Disease (R2D2) program, where he focused on medical students interested in community research on patient care within the context of the social determinants of population health. Dr. Neighbors is currently working on the translation of research findings to decrease structural inequities, so that individual health behaviors are easier to implement.

Dr. Neighbors received his B.A. in psychology from Haverford College and Ph.D. in social and community psychology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Selected Publications