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Wizdom Powell is Director of the Health Disparities Institute and associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Connecticut (Health) Dr. Powell was formerly on faculty at the University of Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health. Dr. Powell is also a faculty member at UNC’s Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and Director of the UNC’s Men’s Health Research Lab. Her community-based research focuses on of the role of modern racism and gender norms on African American male health outcomes and healthcare inequities. In 2011-2012, she was appointed by President Obama to serve as a White House Fellow to Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta. Wizdom is also a recipient of numerous fellowships and awards, including the American Psychological Association Minority Fellowship, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Health & Society Scholars program, the Kaiser Permanente Burch Leadership Development Award, the UNC Institute of African American Research Fellowship, and the Ford Foundation’s Pre-doctoral Fellowship. She earned her PhD and M.S. in Clinical Psychology and her MPH from the University of Michigan. She serves as chair of the American Psychological Association’s workgroup on Health Disparities in Boys and Men and co-chair of the Health Committee for President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Initiative in Durham County. In 2015, she received the prestigious Phillip and Ruth Hettleman Prize for Outstanding Artistic and Scholarly Achievement by Young Faculty. Most recently, the Rockefeller Foundation awarded her an academic writing residency at the Bellagio Center. Wizdom is a Fellow of the second class of the Health Innovators Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.