Wilma Calvert’sresearch interests focus on the effects of and resultant problems associated with alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs in individuals, families, and communities. Her program of research focuses on the effects of paternal alcohol use on their offspring, health in low-income Black fathers with a history of substance abuse, and using community-based participatory research to address substance abuse. She is conducting analyses and working on a paper based on survey data from residents of Ferguson, MO and surrounding areas about the relationship between their involvement in the unrest related to Michael Brown’s shooting and their health-related behaviors in the subsequent few months.
BSN - Oral Roberts University
MS - University of Oklahoma
PhD - University of Missouri-St. Louis
MPE - Washington University
Post-Doctoral Fellowship - National Institute on Drug Abuse Training Program in Drug Abuse, Comorbidity, Prevention, and Biostatistics, Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine
The use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs in vulnerable populations
Health promotion behaviors in low-income fathers
The role of religion and spirituality in health promotion and risky behaviors in vulnerable populations
Risk and protective factors for adolescent participation in health compromising behaviors
Mental Health and Religious Beliefs in Black Fathers – PI, University of Missouri-St. Lousi Small Grants, $1000, 2010
Health Promotion Practices in Black Noncustodial Fathers – PI, University of Missouri Research Board, $39001, 2010
A University/Community Partnership to Reduce Methamphetamine Use in Jefferson County – Civilian Project Co-Director, $250,000, 2010-2014
A Comparison of Early Alcohol Use and Participation in Health-Compromising Behaviors in Offspring of Alcohol Dependent and Unaffected Fathers - PI, University of Missouri-St. Louis Research Award, $8082, 2006
Martinez, R., Taylor, M. J.,Calvert, W. J., HHirsch, J. L. (in press). Santeria as a healing tradition: Toward an understanding of culturally responsive healing practices. In R. A. R. Gurung (Ed.),Multicultural approaches to health and wellness.Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.
Calvert, W. J., & Isaac-Savage, E. P. (in press). Motivators to engage in health promotion activities by low-income Black fathers.The Association of Black Nursing Faculty Journal.
Calvert, W. J., Allen, K. R., & Brockman-Jankowski, S. (in press). Interim evaluation of a university-community collaboration to address methamphetamine use in a rural Missouri
Calvert, W. J., & Isaac-Savage, E. P. (2013). Motivators and barriers to participating in health promotion behaviors in Black men. Western Journal of Nursing Research. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/0193945913480429 community.Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action.
Calvert, W. J., Isaac, E. P., & Johnson, S. (2012). Health-related quality of life and health-seeking behaviors in Black men.Health and Social Work, 37(1), 19-27. doi: 10.1093/hsw/hls001
Calvert, W. J., Bucholz, K. K., & Steger-May, K. (2010). Early drinking and its association with adolescents’ participation in health compromising behaviors.Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, 16,239-251.
Calvert, W. J., & Bucholz, K. K. (2008). Adolescent risky behaviors and alcohol use.Western Journal of Nursing Research, 30(1), 147-148.
Isaac-Savage, E. P., &Calvert, W. J.(2010). African American males’ motivations for participation in health education activities. In J. Dirkx (Ed.), Proceedings of the Midwest Research-to-Practice Conference. Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.
Calvert, W. J.(2002). Neighborhood disorder, individual protective factors and the risk of adolescent delinquency.The Association of Black Nursing Journal, 13,127-135.
Calvert, W. J.(1999). Integrated literature review on effects of exposure to violence upon adolescents.The Association of Black Nursing Journal, 10,84-96.
Calvert, W. J.& Isaac-Savage, P. (2013). Health Promotion Practices in Black Men in the United States. Poster session presented at the meeting of Midwest Nursing Research Society, Chicago, IL
Calvert, W. J.& Isaac-Savage, P. (2013).I Want to be Healthy for Me. A Qualitative Exploration of Motivators to Participating in Health-Seeking Behaviors.Paper session presented at the meeting of the Midwest Nursing Research Society, Chicago, IL
Isaac-Savage, E. P. &Calvert, W. J.(2012).Exploring Health and Health Education Participation of African American Fathers.Paper session presented at the meeting of the Adult Education Research, Conference, Saratoga Springs, NY
Calvert, W. J.& Isaac-Savage, P. (2011).Mental Health and Religious Beliefs in Black Fathers.Paper session presented at the meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Milwaukee, WI
Calvert, W. J.& Isaac-Savage, P. (2011).Mental Health in Black Fathers.Poster session presented at the meeting of the Midwest Nursing Research Society, Columbus, OH
Other Scholarly Activites
Faculty Affiliate, Center for Violence and Injury Prevention, George Warren Brown School of Social Work, Washington University in St. Louis
Adjunct Faculty, Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine
External Scientist for the Alcohol Research Training Summer School at Washington University in St. Louis
Honors and Awards
Missouri Award for Outstanding Community and Campus Collaboration, Campus Compact Heartland Conference, 2012
Chancellor’s Report to the Community, 2011
Citation Award Midwest Nursing Research Society for the abstract “Adolescent Risky Behaviors and Alcohol Use,” Milwaukee, WI, 2006
Career Enhancement Travel Award, Bridging Science and Culture to Improve Drug Abuse Research in Minority Communities, National Institute on Drug Abuse’s Health Disparities Conference, National Institute of Drug Abuse, Atlanta, GA, 2005
Merit/Junior Investigator Award, National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, Research Society on Alcoholism, Santa Barbara, CA, 2005
Midwest Nursing Research Society
Health Promoting Behaviors Across the Lifespan Research Section, Co-Chair-Elect
Sigma Theta Tau Internation, Honor Society of Nursing
American Public Health Association
Abstract Reviewer for Community-Based Public health Caucus, 2012, 2013