Sean Joe, PhD

Benjamin E. Youngdahl Professor of Social Development, Associate Dean for Faculty and Research; Vice President, Community Health Improvement, BJC

Sean Joe is a content advisor for the Bridging Boys from Risk to Resiliency study implemented by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri. He is the Benjamin E. Youngdahl Professor of Social Development and the Associate Dean for Faculty and Research at the Brown School.

His research focuses on Black adolescents’ mental health service use patterns, the role of religion in Black suicidal behavior, salivary biomarkers for suicidal behavior, and development of father-focused, family-based interventions to prevent urban African American adolescent males from engaging in multiple forms of self-destructive behaviors.

Working within the Center for Social Development, Joe has launched the Race and Opportunity Lab, which examines race, opportunity, and social mobility in the St. Louis region, working to reduce inequality in adolescents’ transition into adulthood.

Joe served on the board of the Suicide Prevention Action Network (SPAN USA), the scientific advisory board of the National Organization of People of Color Against Suicide, and the editorial board of Advancing Suicide Prevention. He is the founder and director of the Emerging Scholars Interdisciplinary Network, a national interdisciplinary and multi-ethnic professional development network for early career social and behavior scientist.