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Wizdom A. Powell, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.S., B.A.

Professor/Clinical
Director, Health Disparities Institute
Academic Office Location:

UConn Health Disparities Institute
241 Main Street
Hartford, CT 06106
Phone: 860-679-3990
Email: wpowell@uchc.edu
Education
DegreeInstitutionMajor
B.A.John Jay College of Criminal JusticeForensic Psychology/African-American Studies
M.S.University of MichiganClinical Psychology
M.P.H.University of MichiganHealth Behavior Health Education/Women's & Reproductive Health
Ph.D.University of MichiganClinical Psychology

Awards
Name of Award/HonorAwarding Organization
Health Innovator FellowshipAspen Institute
Academic Writing Residency at BellagioRockefeller Foundation
Extramural Loan Repayment Program Award RecipientNIH/NIMHD
Artistic and Scholarly Achievement by Young FacultyPhillip and Ruth Hettleman Prize
Faculty FellowUNC Institute for African American Research
Distinguished Professional Service AwardAmerican Psychological Association
Burch Minority Leadership AwardKaiser Permanente
Delta OmegaHonorary Society in Public Health
Summer Institute FellowFamily Research Consortium
Addiction Research Training FellowNational Institute of Drug Abuse
Loren Frankel Dissertation of the Year AwardAmerican Psychological Association
Minority Fellowship Summer Institute FellowAmerican Psychological Association
Dean's AwardUniversity of Michigan School of Public Health
Ruth Mott Health ScholarUniversity of Michigan School of Public Health
Centers for Disease Control Travel AwardNational Cancer Institute
Pre-doctoral FellowFord Foundation
Minority FellowAmerican Psychological Association
Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program Alumnae of the YearRonald E. McNair
Psi Chi, International Honor Society in PsychologyJohn Jay College of Criminal Justice
Name & DescriptionCategoryRoleTypeScopeStart YearEnd Year
Chair Search Committee, School of Medicine, Department of Community Medicine & HealthcareOtherUConn HealthUniversity2019
Research Council, School of Medicine, University of Connecticut HealthResearch CommitteeExternalUniversity2018
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Interdisciplinary Research Leaders ProgramAdvisory CommitteeNational Advisory Committee MemberExternalNational2018
Connecticut Health Equity Advisory CouncilAdvisory CommitteeChair, Structural Racism WorkgroupExternalState2018
Ethnicity & HealthProfessional/Scientific JournalAssociate EditorNational20162018
Emerging AdulthoodProfessional/Scientific JournalEditorial Board MemberNational2016
Developmental PsychologyProfessional/Scientific JournalEditorial Board MemberNational2015
Movement of YouthCommunity ServiceAdvisory Board MemberExternalNational2015
Interdisciplinary Association for Population Health Science (IAPHS)Professional/Scientific OrganizationApplication Committee MemberExternalNational2015
My Brother's Keeper InitiativeCommunity ServiceCo-ChairExternalNational2015
Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority PsychologyProfessional/Scientific JournalEditorial Board MemberNational2014
African American Researchers Working Group, National Institutes of Drug AbuseProfessional/Scientific OrganizationMemberExternalNational2014
Hampton University Regional Transdisciplinary Collaborative Center on Minority Men's HealthProfessional/Scientific OrganizationExternal Advisory Board MemberUniversity2013
American Psychological Association Working Group on Health Disparities in Boys and MenProfessional/Scientific OrganizationChairNational2013
Social Science and MedicineProfessional/Scientific JournalReviewerInternational2012
American Journal of Public HealthProfessional/Scientific JournalReviewerNational2011
Journal of Health Disparities Research and PracticeProfessional/Scientific JournalReviewerNational2011
Race and Social ProblemsProfessional/Scientific JournalReviewerNational2011
Social Science QuarterlyProfessional/Scientific JournalReviewerNational2011
Psychology of Men and MasculinityEditorial BoardExternalNational2010
Sex RolesProfessional/Scientific JournalReviewerNational2010
Mental Health, Religion, & CultureProfessional/Scientific JournalReviewerNational2010
Journal of the National Medical AssociationProfessional/Scientific JournalReviewerNational2010
Annals of Behavioral MedicineProfessional/Scientific JournalReviewerNational2010
The Aging MaleProfessional/Scientific JournalReviewerNational2008
Morehouse College Male InitiativeAdvisory CommitteeMemberUniversity2007
Faculty of 1000 MedicineInternational2007
American Psychological AssociationMemberNational
Society of General Internal MedicineMemberNational
American Public Health AssociationMemberNational
Interdisciplinary Association for Population Health ScienceMemberInternational

Journal Articles

Book Chapters

  • Everyday racism as a threat to the masculine social self: Framing investigations of African American male health disparities.
    Hammond, W.P., Fleming, P.F., Villa-Torres, L. APA Handbook of Men and Masculinities 259-284
  • Positive Psychology in African Americans
    Mattis, J.S., Grayman Simpson, N., Hammond, W.P., Anderson, R.E., Mattis, J.H., & Kimbro, L. Positive psychology in racial and ethnic minority groups: Theory, research, and practice. 83-107
  • Racial discrimination, identity, and health risk behavior among African American adolescent males.
    Hammond, W.P., Agyemang, A., Seaton, E.K., Neblett, E.W., Jr. The Psychology of Black Boys and Adolescents 381-403
  • Social determinants of medical mistrust among African American men.
    Hammond, W.P. & Siddiqi, A.A. Social Determinants of African-American Men's Health 135-160
  • The gender role strain paradigm.
    Levant. R.L. & Hammond, W.P. The Psychology of Men and Masculinities 15-43
  • The role of paternal health socialization in preadolescent African American male health behavior, beliefs, and outcomes.
    Hammond, W.P., Matthews, D., Cooper, S.M., Johnson, S., Caldwell, C.H. The Psychology of Black Boys and Adolescents 405-423
  • They can't breathe: Why neighborhoods matter for the health of African American men and boys.
    Powell, W., Taggart T.T., Richmond, J., Adams, L.B., Brown, A.L. Boys and Men in African American Families 227-242

Other

  • Health Disparities Racial/Ethnic and Sexual Minority Boys and Men
    Powell, W., Blume, A., Cook, S., Courtenay, W., Griffith, D., Halkitis, P., Johnson, W., Mankowski, E., Marcell, A., Quinones-Maldonado, R. Thorpe, R., Watkins, D. Report from the APA Working Group on Health Disparities in Boys and Men. American Psychological Association. 2019 Jun;
  • Key Elements for Advancing Clinical-Community Integration.
    Powell, W. Policy Brief, Connecticut Health Foundation 2018 May;
  • Masculinities Matter: The Role of Masculinities in Depression, Suicide, and Substance Abuse Among African American, Hispanic/Latino, and Alaska Native/American Indian Boys and Men.
    Powell, W., & Adams, L.B. Report, RISE For Boys and Men of Color 2016 Nov;
Title or AbstractTypeSponsor/EventDate/YearLocation
Speak to the Wounds: Unpacking Racism and Its Impact on the Socio-emotional Well-Being of Boys and Men of ColorTalkSalem State University2019Salem, MA
They Can’t Breathe: Neighborhoods, Daily Racism-Related Stress, and Substance Use Among Black Emerging Adult MalesOtherInternational Convention of Psychological Science2018Paris, France
Speak to the Wounds: Gendering Clinical Medicine and Public Health Engagement Strategies for Boys and Men of Color.TalkNational Medical Association2018Orlando, FL
Speak to the Wounds: Gendering Treatment Engagement Interventions for Boys and Men of Color.Plenary LectureAmerican Psychological Association2018San Francisco, CA
Stakeholders Perceptions of Black Men’s Depression and Health Care Engagement: A Concept Mapping Approach.TalkAcademyHealth2018Seattle, WA
Psychosocial Correlates of Frequent Emergency Room Use Among Black Men.TalkAcademyHealth2018Seattle, WA
Non-healthcare factors impacting male health disparities: What healthcare providers need to knowTalkFoundation for Community Health2018Lakeville, CT
Speak to the Wounds: What fathers need to know about behavioral health of boys and young men of color.Plenary LectureNational Healthy Start Association2018Washington, DC
Disrupting the single stories about Black male health equity.LectureYale University2018New Haven, CT
Disrupting the single story: How whole truths help to build more sustainable health equity agendasTalkUniversity of Connecticut, Health Disparities Institute2016Hartford, CT
Disrupting the Single Story: The whole truths we need told to create health equity among Black boys and men.Other48th Annual Association of Black Psychologists Meeting2016Crystal City, VA
They can't breathe: Neighborhoods, racial-profiling, and the health of young adult African American menTalkSociety for General Internal Medicine2016Hollywood, FL
They can't breathe: How neighborhoods impact masculinity enactment and substance abuse risk among African American men.TalkPenn State's 23rd Annual Symposium on Family Issues2015State College, PA
Working in the shadows of Eunice Rivers: Spreading me-search, re-membering history, and eliminating Black male health inequalitiesOtherMeharry Medical School2015Nashville, TN
The contribution of masculinity to behavioral health equity among boys and men of colorPlenary Lecture66th Annual Society for Public Health Education Meeting2015Portland, OR
The contribution of masculinity to behavioral health equity among boys and men of colorOtherAPA/SAMHSA Pathways to Behavioral Health Equity among Boys and Men of Color2015Washington, D.C.
Working in the shadows of Eunice Rivers: Spreading me-search, re-membering history, and eliminating Black male health inequalitiesOtherPitzer College2015Claremont, CA
Mapping therapeutic landscapes for African American males: Unpacking the roles of neighborhood contexts in health outcomesOtherSymposium on Race, poverty, and change in America: The persistent dilemmas2015Pennsylvania, PA
Masculine (Dis)Advantage: Understanding determinants of health disparities in vulnerable boys and men.Other142nd Annual American Public Health Association Meeting2014New Orleans, LA
Masculine (Dis)Advantage: Understanding determinants of health disparities in vulnerable boys and men.OtherAcademy Health Annual Meeting2014San Diego, CA
Black, male, and blue: Unpacking the mental health consequences of everyday racism, masculinity, and emotional stoicism among Black men.OtherAnnual Conference of the American Studies Association2013Washington, D.C.
Personal growth initiative as a mediator of the relationship between racial discrimination and depression among African American malesOther121st Conference of the American Psychological Association2013Honolulu, HI
Psychological impact of prostate cancer on African American survivors and their partners.Other119th Annual Conference of the American Psychological Association2011Washington, D.C.
African American men's mental Health, medical mistrust and HIV prevention.Other119th Annual Conference of the American Psychological Association2011Wash
Social isolation and psychological distress increase risk of incident heart failure: Findings from the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Study.Other33rd Annual Meeting of the Society of General Internal Medicine2010Minneapolis, MN
Buffering effect of neighborhood social cohesion on the relationship between racial discrimination and depressive symptoms among African American men.137th Annual Conference of the American Public Health Association2009Philadelphia, PA
Does religious coping moderate the impact of racism-related stress on depressive symptoms among African American men.137th Annual Conference of the American Public Health Association2009Philadelphia, PA
Psychosocial contribution of masculinity and sense of mastery to prostate cancer screening among African American men.Other137th Annual Conference of the American Public Health Association2009Philadelphia, PA
Racial discrimination and depressive symptoms among African American men: The mediating and moderating roles of masculine self reliance and John Henryism.Other137th Annual Conference of the American Public Health Association2009Philadelphia, PA
Made Men: The social production of masculinity and sexual risk behavior in hip-hop videos.Poster137th Annual Conference of the American Public Health Association2009Philadelphia, PA
Early-life health socialization and African American male health status.Other117th Annual Conference of the American Psychological Association2009Toronto, Canada