Julia F. Hastings, M.S.W., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor    

Research Associate
Center for the Elimination of Minority Health Disparities

School of Public Health
Department of Health Policy, Management, & Behavior 
One University Place, GEC 183
Rensselaer, NY  12144
Phone: (518) 402-0293
Fax: :    (518)402-0414
Email: jhastings2@albany.edu

School of Social Welfare
Richardson Hall, Suite 203
135 Western Avenue
Albany, NY  12222
Phone: (518) 591-8751
Fax:     (518) 442-5380  


B.A. Psychology and Business Administration, University of California, Los Angeles, 1991
M.S.W. Social Work, University of Washington, 1993
Ph.D. Social Welfare, University of California, Los Angeles, 2000  
*Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Training Fellowship, University of Michigan, 2003
*Certificate in Epidemiology, School of Public Health, University of Michigan, 2005

Courses Frequently Taught

HPPM 660/RSSW 781 Poverty, Behavioral Health, & Health Policy

Research Interests

Dr. Hastings 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.

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.