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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
Distinguished Contribution to the Science of Psychology Award-Connecticut Psychological AssociationConnecticut Psychological Association
Community-Engaged Health Research Excellence AwardThe Institute for Collaboration on Health, Intervention, & Policy (InCHIP)
100 Women of Color HonoreeJune Archer/Eleven 28 Entertainment
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 CommitteeUConn HealthUniversity2018
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
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
Journal of Health Disparities Research and PracticeProfessional/Scientific JournalReviewerNational2011
Social Science QuarterlyProfessional/Scientific JournalReviewerNational2011
Psychology of Men and MasculinityEditorial BoardExternalNational2010
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

Editorials

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;
  • Breath, Eyes, Memory: Transforming Health Systems and Advancing Public Health Policies for Radical Healing.
    Powell, W., Adames, H.Y., Lewis, J.A., Mosley, D.V., Chavez-Dueñas, N., Anderson, R., & Neville, H.
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 Problematic Substance Use Among Black Emerging Adult Males”.Talk2019National Institutes of Drug Abuse, Bethesda, MD
Let's Talk About It: Behavioral Health & Emotional Wellness in the Black CommunityPlenary LectureHartford Healthcare2019Hartford, CT
Moving Black Fathers and Men ForwardPlenary LectureCongressional Black Caucus Foundation2019Washington, DC
Breath, eyes, memory: Optimizing emotional well-being among boys and men of colorPlenary LectureHofstra University2019Long Island, NY
Speak to the Wounds: Unpacking racial trauma and developing healing-centered responses for Boys and Men of ColorPlenary LectureKennedy Krieger Center2019Baltimore, MD
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
Disrupting the single story: How whole truths help to build more sustainable health equity agendasTalkUniversity of Connecticut, Health Disparities Institute2016Hartford, CT
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
African American men's mental Health, medical mistrust and HIV prevention.Other119th Annual Conference of the American Psychological Association2011Wash
Psychological impact of prostate cancer on African American survivors and their partners.Other119th Annual Conference of the American Psychological Association2011Washington, D.C.
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
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
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