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InCHIP Lecture Series: Wizdom Powell

Thursday, September 7, 2017
12:30pm – 1:30pm

Storrs Campus
J. Ryan Building

"They Can’t Breathe: Neighborhoods, Racialized Stress, and Substance Use Among Young Adult African American Men"

Wizdom Powell, PhD

Associate Professor of Psychiatry, UConn School of Medicine and Center Director, Health Disparities Institute, UConn Health

***About the Speaker***

Wizdom Powell is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at UConn’s School of Medicine and the Director of the Health Disparities Institute within UConn Health. Formerly, Dr. Powell was an Associate Professor of Health Behavior at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, Research Associate Professor in UNC’s Department of Social Medicine, Associate Director of the Center for Health Equity Research, Faculty member at UNC’s Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Director of the UNC’s Men’s Health Research Lab. She received her Ph.D. and M.S. in Clinical Psychology and M.P.H. from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. Her community-based research focuses on of the role of modern racism and gender norms on African American male health outcomes and healthcare inequities. In addition to her numerous publications, peer-reviewed articles, and book chapters, Dr. Powell’s work has helped to inform national policy under the Obama administration. She was invited in 2009 to give official testimony to the President’s Cancer Panel about clinical experiences of communities of color. In 2011-2012, she was appointed by President Obama to serve as a White House Fellow to the then Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, and provided subject matter expertise on Military Mental Health. She has been the recipient of several awards including: the Phillip and Ruth Hettleman Prize for Outstanding Artistic and Scholarly Achievement by Young Faculty in 2015. She is currently an academic writing resident at the Bellagio Center from the Rockefeller Foundation and a member of the Aspen Institute’s 2016-2018 class of Health Innovators Fellows, dedicated to improving the health and well-being of Connecticut residents.

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