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InCHIP Lecture Series: Wizdom Powell 9/7/17

Please join us for our first event in the Fall 2017 InCHIP Lecture Series!

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

Wizdom Powell, Ph.D.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

12:30 – 1:30pm

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 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.


Co-Sponsored By:

  • UConn Allied Health Sciences
  • UConn Center for Environmental Health and Health Promotion
  • UConn College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • UConn Department of Communication
  • UConn Department of Human Development and Family Studies
  • UConn School of Business
  • UConn School of Medicine
  • UConn School of Social Work


For directions and maps, see directions to InCHIP.  Accessibility: elevator available in the building lobby on the ground floor.

Web Stream

You can view this lecture streamed live or afterwards at the InCHIP Lecture Series Website.


About the InCHIP Lecture Series

The InCHIP Lecture Series provides an invaluable forum for researchers – at InCHIP, throughout the UConn community and beyond – to learn about new work in development by leading figures in health behavior change. The InCHIP Lecture Series also provides a venue for researchers to share late-breaking findings and identify emerging trends in health behavior research. For the current semester schedule, visit InCHIP 2017 – 2018 Lecture Series.

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