Dietra Hawkins, PsyD

Clinician; Clinical Director of Dixwell/Newhallville Community Mental Health Services

Research Organizations

Recovery and Community Health, Yale Program for

Yale Program for Recovery and Community Health

Extensive Research Description

My primary research interests address racial and ethnic health care disparities; systems change and system transformation, recovery and resiliency -oriented practice and the critical dimensions of cultural competency and spirituality in psychology. My consultative work seeks to bring research and practice together, with a focus on providing culturally competent services and outreach into the community. As a consultant to state and community-based agencies, and forensic institutions, I have worked to develop programs that reduce health disparities among ethnic and racial low-income populations, increase cultural competency and promote recovery. I am also a facilitator and steering committee member of the Healing Racism Coalition. My long standing interest in addressing racism takes place through my community presentations on Black Hair and Slavery; and facilitating Chicago Dinners, a race dialogue program that brings strangers together for a dinner party in which the topic is race.

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