About CHDI

Wizdom Powell, PhD, MPH

Wizdom Powell, PhD, MPH Chief Social Impact and Diversity Officer, Headspace Health
Associate Professor of Psychiatry, UConn Health

Wisdom Powell is a psychologist, tenured professor, and nationally recognized expert on racial trauma, healing, and health equity. She currently serves as the Chief Social Impact and Diversity Officer at Headspace Health and Associate Professor of Psychiatry at UConn Health. She also serves as the President-Elect of the American Psychological Association, Division 51 Men and Masculinities, and is an honorary professor at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban South Africa.

Prior to joining Headspace Health, Dr. Powell served as Director of The University of Connecticut Health Disparities Institute and Associate Professor of Psychiatry at UConn Health. Her global health research investigates the interplay between stress (e.g., race-related), social constructions of masculinity, and Black male health disparities. In 2011-2012, she was appointed by President Obama to serve as a White House Fellow to Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta. In addition to being a White House Fellow, she is an American Psychological Association (APA) Minority, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Kaiser Permanente Burch Leadership, Institute of African American Research, and Ford Foundation Fellow. Dr. Powell was awarded a 2017 academic writing residency at the Bellagio Center from the Rockefeller Foundation.
Dr. Powell serves on the CHDI Board of Directors' Program, Equity, and Communications Committee.
Read Dr. Powell's testimony at the Committee on Ways and Means hearing on “America’s Mental Health Crisis” on February 2, 2022.