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Hayden Dawes

Ph.D. Student
Research Assistant

Hayden Dawes


Tate-Turner-Kuralt Building

Suite 400

325 Pittsboro Street

Chapel Hill, NC 27599

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Hayden Dawes is a third-year doctoral student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His work focuses on promoting the mental health and social well-being of LGBTQIA+ People of Color by improving mental health services, systems, and policies. Hayden currently works as a research assistant with Dr. William Hall, with whom he works on various projects related to LGBTQIA identity, mental health, and social development. Before arriving at UNC-Chapel Hill, Hayden served as a clinical social worker for over five years, working within multiple sectors, including community mental health/substance abuse, veterans’ health, and private practice. He has also served the profession as a board member of the North Carolina Society for Clinical Social Work. In 2020, he was selected for the Robert Wood Johnson’s Health Policy Research Scholars program. He plans to translate his work into structural and clinical interventions alongside policymakers and critical stakeholders.

Degrees and Licenses

MSW, North Carolina State University
BM, University of North Carolina at Greensboro


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Research and Professional Interests

LGBTQIA+ Mental Health
BIPOC Mental Health
Substance Use Disorders
Mental Health and Behavioral Health Systems Research

Recent Publications

Hall, W. J., & Dawes, H.C. (2019). Is fidelity of implementation of an anti-bullying policy related to student bullying and teacher protection of students?. Education Sciences, 9, 112. doi:10.3390/educsci9020112

Hall, W. J., Dawes, H. C., Forte, A. B., Hirst, L. E., & Mora, D. (forthcoming). Health policies and programs for children and youth. In W. J. Hall, P. Lanier, J. M. Jenson, & M. W. Fraser (Eds.), Social policy for children and families: A risk and resilience perspective (4th ed.). Sage.

Presentations, Workshops and Media

Experiences of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer, People of Color in Mental Health Services and Substances Abuse Services: A systematic review. [Paper presentation] Society for Social Work Research Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA.

Anti-Racist, Anti-Oppressive Mental Health - Hayden Dawes, LCSW. Podcast guest. Doin’ The Work: Frontline Stories of Social Change. Host: Shimon Cohen

Doing the work: talking racism, self-compassion, and radical permission. Podcast guest. Smart Sex, Smart Love. Host: Joe Kort

Attending to the needs of LGBTQIA+ Clients of Color in Clinical Practice: Cultural Humility & Intersectionality. Houston Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. Virtual Training/Houston, TX

Examining the Experiences of LGBTQ+ Clients of Color in Behavioral Health Treatment. National Association for Social Workers – North Carolina Chapter, Fall Conference. Virtual Training/Raleigh, NC.