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Mimi Chapman

Associate Dean for Doctoral Education
Frank A. Daniels Distinguished Professor for Human Service Policy Information

Mimi Chapman


Tate-Turner-Kuralt Building


325 Pittsboro Street

Chapel Hill, NC 27599

O: 919-843-8282

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.

Degrees and Licenses

Ph.D. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Post Doctoral Fellowship Duke University
MSSW The University of Texas at Austin
BA Baylor Univeristy

Primary Program

Doctoral Education



Research and Professional Interests

Implicit Bias
Mental Health
Services Research

Principal Investigator

Essential Women of Color: Coping during COVID-19
Countering Negative Islamic Stereotype through Performing Arts: Measuring the Impact on Implicit and Explicit Attitudes towards Islam
Envisioning Primary care for Latino adolescents: Using images to structure conversations with health care providers (Envisioning Health)


Youth Perceptions of Living in the Galapagos: Relationships, Health, and the Future
Implicit Internalized Stigma: Measuring and Examining a Determinant of Mental Health Disparities for Sexual Minorities
Padres efectivos y Terapistas entregados (Effective Parents and Engaged Therapists): Increasing activation and engagement in Latino parent-provider interactions.

Recent Publications

Wu, S., Fraser. M., Gao, Q. Chapman, M. & Huang, J. (accepted). Welfare participation and depression symptoms among youth in China. Global Social Welfare.

Wu, S., Chapman, M. V., Zhu, M. & Wang, X. (in press). Household assets, the role of government assistance, and depression among low-income families in Shanghai. Social Indicators Research. Accepted December, 2019.

Merino, Y., Lightfoot, A., Simán, F., Eng, G., Thomas, T, Coyne-Beasley, T., & Chapman, M. V. (in press). “They were just waiting for me to mess up”: A critical discourse analysis. Journal of Community Psychology. Accepted October, 2019.

Chapman, M. V. Payne, B. K., Hall, W. J., Lee, K., Coyne-Beasley, T., Eng, E., … Colby, R.G. (2018) Making a difference in medical trainees’ attitudes toward Latino patients: A pilot study of an intervention to modify implicit and explicit attitudes. Social Science and Medicine, 199, 202-208. doi: 10.10.16/j.socscimed.2017.05.013

Lightfoot, A., Simán F., Eng, G. Merino, Y., Thomas, T, Coyne-Beasely, T., & Chapman, M.V. (2017). What I Wish My Doctor Knew about my life: Using photovoice to explore barriers to health equity with immigrant Latino adolescents. Qualitative Social Work. doi:10.1177/147332504034.

Presentations, Workshops and Media

NPR: Why UNC-Chapel Hill decided to move classes online

Washington Post: To save education, we must fight the broader pandemic

Invited Scholar, The Arts and Social Work Roundtable Series, Sponsored by the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, Islandwood, Bainbridge Island Seattle. (2017, 2018, 2019)

Chapman, M. V. (2019, May). Combatting Bias in Healthcare. Panel Participant Understanding and Mitigating the Effects of Implicit Bias in Healthcare. Duke REACH Equity Center 2019 Colloquium. May 3, 2019 Duke University Medical Center.

Chapman, M. V. (2019, January). Countering Negative Islamic Stereotype through Performing Arts: Measuring the Impact on Implicit and Explicit Attitudes towards Islam. Presented at the Society for Social Work Research, San Francisco, California.


SOWO 913

Advanced Research Methods in Social Intervention: Dissertation Seminar

Fall 2019, 2020

SOWO 900

Theory Development for Social Interventions

Fall 2017, 2018

SOWO 845

Health: Theory and Practice