Dr. Jaclynn Hawkins is an Associate Director of the Gender and Health Research Lab and an Assistant Professor at Michigan State University in the Department of Social Welfare. She received her masters and BA in social welfare from the University of California, Berkeley and her PhD from the University of Michigan in the Joint Program of Social Work and Sociology.
Jaclynn’s recent research agenda is broadly focused on the social determinants of health behavior in African Americans and Latinos with diabetes. Specifically, it includes the examination of the influence of gender on health behaviors in persons of color with diabetes. She is particularly interested in factors that contribute to access to and utilization of care, diabetes self-management and community-based interventions targeting low-income African American and Latino men. Jaclynn received an NIH/NIDDK Diversity Supplement to conduct research with African American and Latino men with diabetes. Her dissertation, entitled “Social Determinants of Diabetes Self-Management, and Diabetes Health Care Utilization in African American and Latino Men with Type 2 Diabetes” utilized data from REACH Detroit, and the National Health Interview survey.