Dietra D. Hawkins, PsyD
Assistant Clinical Professor
Dietra D. Hawkins, PsyD is a licensed Clinical Psychologist who consults nationally and internationally with state and local government organizations, schools and behavioral health agencies. Dr. Hawkins is a published author and frequent speaker for workshops addressing Appreciative approaches toward system change; Asset Based Community Development (ABCD), steps for strategic planning and community inclusion, and the Healing of Racism. Dr. Hawkins holds a faculty appointment as an Assistant Clinical Professor at Yale University, Program for Recovery and Community Health, School of Medicine. Prior to her consultation practice, she served as the Director of Consultation and Training at Yale Program for Recovery and Community Health. Dr. Hawkins consulting work has recently taken her to Alameda County, CA; the Douglas Institute in Montreal; Philadelphia, PA and NY/NJ Veteran Administration VSIN 3. Dr. Hawkins primary research interests address racial and ethnic health care disparities; systems change and transformation; HIV prevention/interventions; qualitative and community based participatory research, and the critical dimensions of cultural competency and spirituality.
Dr. Hawkins has extensive experience with family, child, adult and community behavioral health. She has served as a provider, administrator and evaluator in various settings including hospitals and schools. Dr. Hawkins has worked to develop innovative, culturally responsive and recovery -oriented services and programs, and provided supervision for BA, MA and doctoral level students. She has worked closely with Parent and Consumer Advocacy organizations. Dr. Hawkins is currently working with Saint Thomas’s Day School in New Haven, CT to facilitate a series of Chicago Dinners with the administration, students, teachers, parents and community stakeholders; and serving as an advisor for an initiative to revise their curriculum to better reflect and celebrate America’s diversity.
Dr. Hawkins was designated as a Health Disparities Scholar by the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities, and has additionally been selected as a HOPE Regional HIV-trainer, and Behavioral and Social Science Volunteer (BSSV) with the American Psychological Association.