Leon Caldwell

We complain about what kids don’t know, but we never complain about what we don’t teach them.”

Leon Caldwell, Ph.D., is a research associate professor in the Psychology Department of Rhodes College, and director of the Center for the Advancement of Youth Development. His research areas include African-American mental health promotion with an emphasis on African-American males, youth development, mental health service delivery and fatherhood. Prior to Rhodes, he served on the faculty of the University of Memphis and the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. He earned a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Penn State with an emphasis on multicultural counseling, as well as master’s degree in secondary school counseling and bachelor’s degree in economics from Lehigh University. In addition to preparing the special lesson filmed for “I Am a Man” at the Soulsville Charter School, Mr. Caldwell served as one of the project’s consultants, helping to guide its focus to the strike’s underlying issues of character and family.