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Otima Doyle, PhD

Associate Professor

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers


Building & Room:

4206 EMTSW

Office Phone:

(312) 996-2433


Dr. Doyle has over five years of clinical (i.e., individual, group and family therapy), school social work, and administrative experience with high risk youth and their families.

Professional Interests:

Familial risk and protective factors related to emotional and behavioral problems among culturally diverse, underserved youth
The role of fathers and co-parenting in the prevention of youth aggression, depression and suicide
The development and evaluation of prevention interventions with fathers and children

Teaching Experience:

SocW 430 Practice I: Generalist Practice with Individuals, Families, and Groups
SocW 431 Practice II: Genrealist Practice with Task Groups, Organizations, and Communities
SocW 410 Human Behavior and the Social Environment

Selected Publications


Doyle, O., Cryer-Coupet, Q., & McLeod, B.A. (2022). “All about how you couch it:” African American fathers’ visions of interventions for their sons.” Journal of Child and Family Studies.

Doyle, O., Weller, B. E., Goldston, D. B., Breland-Noble, A. M., Estroff, S. E., Daniel, S. S., Curry, J. F., & Wells, K. C. (2021). Coping with the aftermath of teen suicide attempts: A comparison of Black and White mothers. Family Relations, 70, 77-89.

Doyle, O., Goings, T., Cryer-Coupet, O,. Lombe, M., Stephens, J., Nebbitt, V. (2017) Paternal Caregivers’ Parenting Practices and Psychological Functioning among African American Youth Living in Urban Public Housing. Family Process. doi: 10.1111/famp.12221.

Goldston, D. B., Erkanli, A., Daniel, S. S., Heilbron, N., Weller, B. E., Doyle, O., & Mayfield, A. (In Print). Developmental trajectories in suicidal thoughts and behavior from adolescence through young adulthood. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Doyle, O., Clark, T. T., Cryer-Coupet, Q., Lombe, M., Stephens, J., & Nebbitt, V. E. (In Print). Paternal Caregivers’ Parenting Practices and Psychological Functioning among African American Youth Living in Urban Public Housing. Family Process.

Doyle, O., Magan, I., Cryer-Coupet, Q. R., Goldston, D. B., Estroff, S. E. (2016). “Don’t wait for it to rain to buy an umbrella:” The transmission of values from African American fathers to sons. Advance Online Publication. Psychology of Men and Masculinity. doi:

Weller, B. E., Faulkner, M., Doyle, O., Goldston, D. B., & Daniel, S. S. (2015, February 17). Impact of patients’ psychiatric hospitalization on caregivers: A systematic review. Advance Online Publication. Psychiatric Services. doi: 10.1176/appi. ps.201400135

Doyle, O., Clark, T. T., Cryer-Coupet, Q., Nebbitt, V. E., Goldston, D. B., Estroff, S. E., & Magan, I. (2015). Unheard voices: African American fathers speak about their parenting practices. Psychology of Men and Masculinity, 16(3), 274-283.

Doyle, O., Pecukonis, E. V., & Lindsey, M. (2015). Correlates and consequences of father nurturance in an African American college sample. Journal of Family Issues, 36(7), 880-901. doi: 10.1177/0192513X13501665

Goldston, D. B., Daniel, S. S., Erkanli, A., Heilbron, N., Doyle, O., Weller, B. E., Sapyta, J., Mayfield, A., & Faulkner, M. (2015). Suicide attempts in a longitudinal sample of adolescents followed through adulthood: Evidence of escalation. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 83(2): 253-264.

Doyle, O., Dzirasa, E., Goldston, D. B., Fontes, M., Estroff, S. E., & Burris, A. (2014). “You gotta have a good help mate:” African American fathers’ co-parenting experiences. Psychology of Men and Masculinity, 15(4), 377-386. doi: 10.1037/a0034732

Clark, T. T., Doyle, O., & Clincy, A. (2013). Age of first cigarette, alcohol, and marijuana use among monorace/ethnicity and biracial/ethnic youth. Addictive Behaviors, 38(9), 2450-2454. doi: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2013.04.005

Pecukonis, E. V., Doyle, O., Acquavita, S., Aparicio, L., Vanidestine, T., O’Reilly, N., & Gibbons, M. A. (2013). Interprofessional leadership training in MCH social work. Social Work in Health Care, 52(7):625-41. doi: 10.1080/00981389.2013.792913.

Goldston, D. B., Weller, B. E., & Doyle, O. (2013).  Suicide.  In G. Nagayama-Hall, L. Comas-Diaz, V. McLloyd, & J. Trimble (Eds.),  APA handbook of multicultural psychology.  Washington, DC:  American Psychological Association Press.

Nebbitt, V. E., Lombe, M., Doyle, O., & Vaughn, M. G.      (2013). Modeling variation in paternal encouragement and monitoring among African American adolescents living in urban public housing: A latent profile analytic approach. Journal of African American Studies, 17(3): 253-274. doi: 10.1007/s12111-012-9214-5

Doyle, O., Joe, S., & Caldwell, C. (2012). Ethnic differences in mental illness and mental health service use among Black fathers. American Journal of Public Health, 2(102): S222-231. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2011.300446

Doyle, O., Pecukonis E. V., & Harrington, D. (2011). The Nurturant Fathering Scale: A confirmatory analysis with an African American sample of college students. Research on Social Work Practice, 21(3), 319-327. doi: 10.1177/1049731510377635

Esposito-Smythers, C., Miller, A., Weismoore, J., Doyle, O., & Goldston, D. B. (2011). Suicide.  In R. Brown & M. Prinstein (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Adolescence. New York: Elsevier.

Pecukonis, E. V., Doyle, O., & Bliss, D.  (2008). Reducing barriers to interprofessional training:  Promoting interprofessional cultural competence.  Journal of Interprofessional Care, 22(4), 417-428. doi: 10.1080/13561820802190442

Editorial Reviews

Reviewer, Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conferences, 2011-Present
Reviewer, Journal for the Society of Social Work and Research, 2009-Present
Ad Hoc Reviewer, Social Work Research, 2015
Ad Hoc Reviewer, Psychology of Men and Masculinity, 2014-2016
Ad Hoc Reviewer, Journal of Family Social Work, 2015
Ad Hoc Reviewer, Social Work in Mental Health, 2014
Ad Hoc Reviewer, Suicide and Life Threatening Behaviors, 2013
Ad Hoc Reviewer, International Journal of Men’s Health 2012-2013
Ad Hoc Reviewer, American Journal of Public Health, 2011


BS, Towson University
AM, University of Chicago
MHS, Duke University
PhD, University of Maryland, Baltimore

Professional Memberships

Fathers, Families, and Healthy Communities (FFHC, Consultant)
Emerging Scholars Interdisciplinary Network (ESIN)
Scholars’ Network on Black Masculinity
Society for Social Work Research (SSWR)
Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)
Phi Kappa Phi, Chapter 22, University of Maryland, Baltimore

Research Currently in Progress

Principal Investigator, Voices ‘n Visions Study (PI): A pilot study exploring the parenting experiences of African American fathers of pre-adolescent male youth at risk for aggression and depression.

Co-Investigator, (Dr. David B. Goldston, PI; MH081947):Impact of Adolescent Suicide Attempters on Parents Study: An NIH funded, longitudinal, mixed-method, multi-site study (IMPACT) investigating the impact of youth suicide attempts on mothers.

Co-Principal Investogator, Diversity Supplement, A supplemental pilot study exploring racial and ethnic differences in mothers’ reactions to youth suicide attempts.

Co-Principal Investigator, Fathers’ Administrative Supplement:  A supplemental pilot study exploring fathers’ reactions to youth suicide attempts.