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Lenwood Hayman, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Dr. Hayman earned his Ph.D. from Wayne State University in Psychology with specializations in Social and Health Psychology, where he was funded as a National Institutes of Health – Initiative for Maximizing Student Diversity Graduate Research Fellow. He has received additional training in Health Disparities, Health Behavior, and Health Education as the Paul B. Cornely Postdoctoral Fellow in the Center for Research on Ethnicity, Culture, and Health (CRECH) in the School of Public Health at the University of Michigan.

Dr. Hayman was also trained in qualitative research methods as a postdoctoral fellow in the Center for Human Growth and Development (CHGD) at the University of Michigan, funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Development. In addition to research interests, Dr. Hayman greatly enjoys teaching and mentoring.

Research Interests

A key component of Dr. Hayman’s research agenda is to engage students in research that focuses on health issues situated in the communities from which they come. Via this methodology, Dr. Hayman works to inspire social-justice minded scholars to join him in addressing the social, psychological, structural, and environmental influences of emotional arousal in under-privileged populations. Stress reduction is at the center of Dr. Hayman’s scholarship platform, which is supported by three legs of research, individually focusing on the influence of stress on 1) the disparate rates of obesity in African American women and low-income families, 2) negative mental health outcomes in African American men, and 3) academic achievement in first generation and non-traditional college students. Dr. Hayman’s rationale is that by engaging various stress-reducing methodologies, this three-legged agenda will work to support positive mental and physical health outcomes.

Teaching Interests

Undergraduate Level: Public Health Statistics (introductory biostatistics)

Graduate Level: Social Determinants of Health, Psychosocial Aspects of Health, and Qualitative Research Design

Community Engagement

Dr. Hayman is the Principal Investigator for the Flint Man Up Man Down focus group project in which he works with colleagues from Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine in Flint to study how African American men discuss mental health with each other, and how they help each other to cope with stress and other mental health outcomes.

Dr. Hayman is also involved with the Flint Resiliency in Communities After Stress & Trauma (ReCAST) Program as a project evaluator. In this role, he works with the Flint ReCAST team to assess the efficacy of the various initiatives that operate under this umbrella in reducing the effects of the stress and trauma resulting from the various threats to the public health of the Flint community.

Lastly, Dr. Hayman has conducted workshops on the efficacy of mindfulness practices in team building for the Crim Fitness Foundation and McLaren-Flint Hospital.