Powell Hammond: Helping African-American men live longer, healthier lives

May 07, 2013
Dr. Wizdom Powell Hammond

Dr. Wizdom Powell Hammond

When Wizdom Powell Hammond, PhD, was nine years old, she lost her grandfather to a preventable cancer. The impact of that loss on Powell Hammond and her family has shaped her academic life.

Now a clinical psychologist and assistant professor of health behavior at the Gillings School of Global Public Health, Powell Hammond studies the psychological factors that lead to disparities in health outcomes, particularly for African-American men.
From 2005 to 2007, Powell Hammond served as a Health and Society Scholar through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). The Scholars program provides two years of support to postdoctoral fellows to address determinants of population health and contribute to policy change.
On May 1, RWJF posted a profile article as a tribute to Powell Hammond and her work. The article is available on the Foundation website.




Gillings School of Global Public Health contact: David Pesci, director of communications, (919) 962-2600 or dpesci@unc.edu.