Megan Hicks

Megan Hicks

Assistant Professor

 Expert in Health disparities among Black Communities, and risk-taking among youth and young adults

 5447 Woodward Avenue, #204

Megan Hicks


Megan Hicks, PhD is an Assistant Professor at Wayne State University. Her primary research interests include risk and protective factors influencing health disparities among Black youth. In particular, her interests include examining sexual risk behaviors among Black youth and how individuals factors such as impulsivity, adverse childhood experiences, and emotion regulation impact those behaviors. Additionally, her interests include prevention/intervention programming and program evaluation. She has experience in program evaluation, intervention implementation, and community education. As a post-doctoral fellow, Hicks was mentored by Poco Kernsmith and worked with her research team on the prevention of violence perpetration among youth. Hicks teaches courses in research methods. She has interest in teaching courses in family violence, intervention and prevention in Black communities, social epidemiology, and adolescent development.

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Degrees and Certifications

  • PhD, Human Development and Family Science, The University of Georgia, May 2017
  • Master of Science, Human Development and Family Science, The University of Georgia, August 2014
  • Bachelors of Arts, Sociology, The Ohio State University, June 2011

Awards and Honors

  • Society for Prevention Research 2018 Minority Travel Award: Competitive award granted to attend the annual conference, 2018
  • Student and New Profession Best Paper Award 2017: Competitive award to recognize most outstanding proposal by the Ethnic Minority Section of the Nation Council on Family Relationships, 2017
  • Sloboda and Bukoski SPR Cup Winner 2017: Rapid data analysis competition presented at SPR 2017, 2017

Teaching Interests

  • Research Methods
  • Health Risk Prevention/Prevention with Black Families
  • Adolescent Development

Areas of Expertise

  • Health Disparities among Black Communities
  • Risk-taking among youth and young adults
  • Quantitative Research methods
  • Program Evaluation
  • Research Design
  • Grant Writing


Hicks, M.R. & Kogan, S.M. (2019). Risk and protective process affecting rural Black men’s sexual risk behavior. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 1-13.

Hicks, M.R & Kogan, S.M. (2018). The Influence of Racial Discrimination on Smoking among Young Black Men: A prospective analysis. Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Use, 1-16.

Courses Taught

  • SW7830 Research Methods in Social Work
  • SW4810 Research Methods in Social Work
  • SW8035 Advanced Research Methods

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