Julia F. Hastings

Julia F. Hastings

Health and mental health disparities among ethnic minority populations, African American mental health, welfare participation dynamics, and ethnic minority women’s health issues.

The World Within Reach
Julia F. Hastings
Assistant Professor
 

School of Social Welfare
Co-Director of the Research Training Core

Center for the Elimination of Minority Health Disparities
Address:

Richardson Hall

Phone:
518-591-8751

 

Education

B.A.      (1991) University of California, Los Angeles
M.S.W. (1993) University of Washington
Ph.D.    (2000) University of California, Los Angeles
 
Postdoctoral Fellowship Training  (September 2000 – August 2003)
Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Poverty, the Underclass, and Public Policy
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Ford School of Public Policy, School of Social Work, and Program for Research on Black Americans. 
 
Certificate in Epidemiology (2005) School of Public Health, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

 

 

Research Interests

Dr. Julia F. Hastings is assistant professor in the Schools of Public Health and Social Welfare at the University at Albany, SUNY.   Her research interests cover health and mental health disparities among ethnic minority populations, African American mental health, welfare participation dynamics, and ethnic minority women’s health issues. My research projects focus on the interrelationships between race, mental health outcomes, health conditions, risk and protective factors, and poverty.  I have published on culturally competent research methods within African American communities, welfare participation, depression, diabetes and depression comorbidity, and body weight. My research grant portfolio includes funding from the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities, NIMH, the Ford Foundation, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  Currently, I am PI for a NIMHD K-22 award from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities.

Publications

Julia F. Hastings, M.S.W., Ph.D., assistant professor in the Schools of Public Health and Social Welfare at the University at Albany, recently co-authored a book titled African Americans and Depression: Signs, Awareness, Treatments, and Interventions. The book examines the realities of depression among African Americans, and the various ways in which sufferers and their families address, or don’t address, it. The authors provide guidance for understanding the illness, suggestions on how to heal and recover holistically, and pathways for getting help.

With a primary focus on the psychological, social, and medical needs of African Americans, the authors explore and offer an overview of clinical depression among African Americans, discuss the signs of and cultural myths surrounding depression, outline the mental health help-seeking process for African Americans, and suggest potential barriers and strategies for healing. Further, they discuss community-based interventions and innovations in service programs.

Co-authors include Lani V. Jones, M.S.W., Ph.D. who is an associate professor at the University at Albany, in the School of Social Welfare and Pamela P. Martin, Ph.D., who is the associate dean in the College of Juvenile Justice and Psychology and Professor in the Department of Psychology at Prairie View A&M University.

Hardcover copies available: June 16, 2015. For more information, see: https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781442230323/African-Americans-and-Depression-Signs-Awareness-Treatments-and-Interventions#

Additional Selected Publications

Hammond, W.P., Mohottige, D., Chantala, K., Hastings, J. F., Snowden, L. R., & Neighbors, H. W. (2011). Determinants of Usual Source of Care Disparities among African American and Caribbean Black Men: Findings from the National Survey of American Life. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 22(1), pp (TBD).

Hastings, J. F. & Hawkins, J. M. (2010) “Health Insurance and Diabetes among Multiracial Men: The Mediation Effects of Usual Source of Care.” American Journal of Men's Health,4(3), 207-217.

Hastings, J. F., & Snowden, L. (2009) “Increasing Body Weight and the Transition From Welfare to Work: Findings from the National Survey of American Life (NSAL)”. Ethnicity and Disease, 19(1), 13-17.

Snowden, L. R., Hastings, J. F., & Alvidrez, J. (2009). “Overrepresentation of Black Americans in Psychiatric Inpatient Care.” Psychiatric Services, 60(6), 779-785.

Hastings, J. F. (2009) “Cross Cultural Issues in Substance Addictions Research including Black Americans and Latinos”. In A. Browne-Miller (Ed.) Faces of addiction, then and now Praeger International Collection on Addictions. (Volume I), pp. 17-36. Westport, CT: Praeger-Greenwood.

Unick, G. J., Snowden, L. S., and Hastings, J. F. (2009). Heterogeneity in Comorbidity between Major Depressive Disorder and General Anxiety Disorder and its Clinical Consequences. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 197(4), 215 -224.

Hastings, J.F. & Hawkins, J. M. (2008). “Body Weight and Goal Setting among Multiracial Young Women: California Health Interview Survey (CHIS)”. Journal of African American Studies, 13(1), 14-28. (special health disparities issue).

Refereed Published Book Chapters
Hastings, J.F. & Keefe, R. H. (November 2012). Health insurance and access in the United States. In APHA Social Work Section (Ed.), Handbook for Public Health Social Work (pp.317-336). New York, NY: Springer.

Hastings, J. F., Caldwell, C., & Kromei, H. (2012). Conducting Quantitative Research with African American and Caribbean Black Adult and Adolescent Populations: Strategies for Training Interviewers from Experiences with the National Survey of American Life (book chapter) In James S. Jackson, Cleopatra Howard Caldwell, and Sherrill Sellers (Eds) Research Methods in Studies of Race and Ethnic Minority Populations. (Chapter 10). Oxford Press.