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Jaclynn M. Hawkins

Associate Professor of Social Work, Director, Vivian A. and James L. Curtis Center

Jaclynn M. Hawkins

Dr. Jaclynn Hawkins received her BA and MSW from the University of California, Berkeley, and her PhD in Sociology and Social Work from the University of Michigan School of Social Work. She is currently an associate professor in the School of Social Work, associate director of the Vivian A. and James L. Curtis School of Social Work Center for Health Equity Research and Training and affiliated as an assistant professor within the Treatment Innovation and Dissemination Lab at U-M. Her research focuses on identifying the causes of physical health disparities between Black men and non-Hispanic white men, and creating and evaluating diabetes health interventions with an emphasis on addressing the unique needs of Black men. Her PhD training was supported by a National Institutes of Health Research Supplement to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research. Much of her work focuses on the intersection of race, age and gender in diabetes diagnosis and self-management in Black men. She has extensive experience conducting research on disparities in health care experiences and outcomes specifically for Black men. Hawkins has authored several peer-reviewed research articles focused on Black men’s T2D self-management health behaviors, chronic disease communication, and psychosocial and physical well-being. Hawkins is the principal investigator of the Michigan Men’s Diabetes Project, a pilot/feasibility randomized control study of a peer-led diabetes self-management and support intervention targeting Black men with T2D (PI: Hawkins; 1-R21-DK11733901-A1). She was also co-investigator on a 33-month, mixed methods cluster randomized controlled trial in 21 African American churches that aims to assess the sustainability of improvements observed following education services vis-à-vis three parallel approaches to self-management support (R01DK104733-02). Hawkins is co-director of the Michigan Center for Diabetes Translational Research Pilot/Feasibility Program.

Research Interests/Focus

African American and Latino men's health; Social determinants of health/health disparities; Factors that contribute to access to and utilization of care; Diabetes self-management; Community-based interventions targeting low-income African Americans and Latinos


Year Degree   School
2015 PhD Social Work & Sociology University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
2009 MSW Health University of California, Berkeley
2007 BSW Sociology University of California, Berkeley

Year Description
2022 Hawkins, J., Kolsciek, N., Funnel, M., Nwankwo, R., & Piatt, G. (2021). Diabetes Distress, Depressive Symptoms, and Gender Disparities in Glycemic Control among African Americans with Type 2 Diabetes. Poster presented at the American Diabetes Association’s 81st Scientific Sessions.
2021 Hawkins, J., Provenzano, A., Kloss, K., Funnel, M., Nwankwo, R., Hall, D. & Piatt, G. (2022). Qualitative Results from a Peer-Led Diabetes Self-Management and Support Program with African Americans. Poster presented at the American Diabetes Association’s 82nd Scientific Sessions.
2021 Hawkins, J. (2021). Type 2 Diabetes in African American Men: Lessons Learned and the Road Ahead. Oral presentation for Diabetes Research Centers Virtual Seminar Series, National Institutes of Health.
2021 Hawkins, J. (2020). A Type 2 Diabetes Peer-Led Diabetes Support Intervention for Older Black Men. Behavioral Research in Diabetes Group Exchange 34th Annual Conference.
2021 Hawkins, J. (2020). Older Black Men's Perspectives on Factors That Influence Type 2 Diabetes (T2D) Self-Management and Peer-Led Interventions. Paper presentation at the 41st Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions of the Society of Behavioral Medicine.
2021 Hawkins, J., Kolsciek, N., Funnel, M., Nwakwo, R., & Piatt, G. (2021). Diabetes Distress, Depressive Symptoms, and Gender Disparities in Glycemic Control among African Americans with Type 2 Diabetes. Poster presented at the American Diabetes Association’s 81st Scientific Sessions.
2019 Jones, L.M., Hawkins, J., Rios-Spicer, R., Wright, K., Cuffee, Y. & Giordani, B. (2019). Health Social Networks: Who Do African American Women With Hypertension Discuss Blood Pressure Self-Management With? Competitive Symposium Session Moving the Science Forward: Current and Future Avenues of Self-Care Research, 2019 MNRS 43rd Annual Research Conference, Kansas City, MO.
2019 Hawkins, J. (2019). Type 2 Diabetes Self-Management in Older African American Men: Piloting Cultural and Gender-Specific Interventions Poster presentation in the 23rd Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) in San Francisco, CA.
2018 Sinco, B., Keiffer, E., Hawkins, J., Palmisano, G., Piatt, G., and Spencer, MS. (2018). Using Path Analysis and Linear Regression to Test for Gender and Participation Effects in a Culturally Tailored Diabetes Intervention for Latino/as.” Paper presented at the American Public Health Association Conference 2018 in San Diego, CA.

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