Mimi Chapman joined the faculty in 2001. Her research interests span child maltreatment and child and adolescent well-being, particularly among new immigrant families. She has developed arts-based interventions aimed at decreasing implicit and explicit bias among “high intensity professionals” such as public-school teachers and health care providers, work that has garnered media attention in outlets such as National Public Radio and the New York Times. Her global work in China used photovoice to understand mother’s experiences of in-country migration. She worked with Chinese colleagues to examine the re-emergence of social work and currently collaborates with colleagues to understand the perspectives of youth in the Galapagos Islands to inform interventions for risk behavior.
Currently, she is focusing, with colleagues, on essential workers who are women of color to understand their coping patterns during the COVID-19 pandemic. Her work has been funded by the William T. Grant Foundation, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the National Institutes of Health, among others.
Dr. Chapman is a fellow of the Society for Social Work Research. She was in the first class of Thorpe Engaged Scholars and is a graduate of the Academic Leadership Program sponsored by the Institute for the Arts and Humanities. She has been a Fellow at the UNC Women’s Center as well as the Center for Urban and Regional Studies. In 2016, Dr. Chapman received the Edward Kidder Graham Award, one of the University’s highest honors. She was elected Chair of the UNC Chapel Hill Faculty in April of 2020.