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School of Community Health & Policy

Lenwood Hayman

Dr. Lenwood Hayman

Associate Professor, School of Community Health & Policy

Office: Portage 204
Phone: 443-885-4012

2014 Postdoctoral Training, Center for Human Growth & Development, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Specializations: Emotional Eating & Stress Eating

2012 Postdoctoral Training, School of Public Health, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Specializations: Health Behavior/Health Education, Health Disparities

2011 Ph.D., Psychology, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan
Specializations: Social Psychology, Health Psychology

2008 M.A., Psychology, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan
Specializations: Social Psychology, Quantitative Methodology

2002 B.S., Psychology (with Honors), Morgan State University, Baltimore, Maryland

As a teacher, Dr. Hayman works to inspire social-justice-minded scholars to ask questions to enhance their focus on the health issues situated in the communities from which they come. His research focuses on addressing the social, psychological, structural, and environmental influences of emotional arousal in under-privileged and marginalized populations. From his time spent training as an undergraduate research fellow with the National Institutes of Mental Health at Morgan State University, to his training as a social-health psychologist at Wayne State University, stress reduction has consistently been at the center of his scholarship platform. Specifically, Dr. Hayman's research primarily focuses on

1) Assisting Black men living in the United States to engage in conversations about their mental health with other Black men or others who dwell within their social environments and
2) The influence of stress on academic achievement in first generation and non-traditional college students.

Being born and raised in Talbot County on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, Dr. Hayman became interested in social justice activism as a teenager, and focused his time not spent on his studies and lettering in varsity sports as a voice for upward mobility and positive growth for marginalized peoples. Although Dr. Hayman has been primarily restricted to helping amplify the voices of the marginalized through his scholarship, he uses his training in mindfulness and contemplative practices to create safe spaces for engaging in meaningful dialog between the well-resourced and the under-resourced - both inside the classroom and out in the community.

Refereed Journal Articles
Hayman, L. W., Jr., Jong, H., Miller, A., & Lumeng, J. C. (2014). Low-income women's conceptualizations of emotional- and stress-eating in themselves and their preschool-aged children. Appetite, 83, 269-276.

Hayman, L. W., Jr., Lucas, T., & Porcerelli, J. (2014). Cognitive appraisal versus exposure-based stress measures: Links to physical and mental health in low income Black women. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 202 (11), 807-812.

Hayman, L. W., Jr., McIntyre, R., & Abbey, A. (2014). The bad taste of social exclusion: The effects of ostracism on the eating behaviors of African American women. Psychology & Health, 30 (5), 518-533.

Kodjebacheva, G., Blankenship, J., Hayman, L. W., Jr., & Parker, S. (2016). Demographic differences and annual trends in childhood and adolescent cancer incidence and mortality in Michigan during the period 1999-2012. Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice, 9 (4), Article 14. DOI:

Lucas, T., Hayman, L. W., Jr., Blessman, J., Azabigi, K., & Novak, J. (2016). Gain versus loss-framed messaging and colorectal cancer screening among African-Americans: Perceived racism, racial identity, and culturally-targeted dual messaging. British Journal of Health Psychology, 21, 249-267. DOI: 10.1111/bjhp.12160.

Lucas, T., Manning, M., Hayman, L.W., & Blessman, J. (2018). Targeting and tailoring message-framing: The moderating effect of racial identity on receptivity to colorectal cancer screening among African Americans. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 41 (6), 747-756. DOI:

Malika, N., Hayman, L. W., Jr., Miller, A., & Lumeng, J.C. (2015). Low-income women's conceptualizations of food craving and food addiction in themselves and their preschool-aged children. Eating Behaviors, 18, 25-29.

Refereed Book Chapter
Mendieta, M., Hayman, L.W., Farag, M., Szafron, M., & Buckingham, R.W. (2016). Emerging and exciting opportunities in public health in the 21st Century. In Public Health for the Curious: Why Study Public Health? Canberra, Australia: The Curious Academic Publishing.

Working Manuscripts
Hayman, L. W., Jr. (In progress). Peaceful protest as a contemplative practice to cope with the cognitive dissonance associated with embodied vicarious experiences of trauma.

Hayman, L. W., Jr. (In progress). Radical love as a public health initiative: Enhancing social cohesion to reduce violence in marginalized communities.