Krystal Hays, PhD

Assistant Professor of Social Work

Office Phone: (951) 552-8145
Office Location: James 273
Office Hours: By appointment

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
PhD Social Work University of Southern California 2017
MSW Social Work University of Southern California 2008
B.A. Psychology and Social Behavior University of California, Irvine 2006
  • Courses Taught

    Introduction to Social Work
    Social Work Practice
    Social Research
    Advanced Clinical Practice
    Field Practicum

  • Academic Areas & Scholarly Interests

    Mental Health Promotion
    Church-Based Interventions
    African American Health
    Health Disparities

  • Teaching Experience

    University of Southern California

  • Research, Presentations, & Publications

    1. Hays, K. & Lincoln, K. D. (in press) Mental Health Help-seeking Patterns among African Americans: Exploring the Influence of Religion. Race and Social Problems.
    2. Hays, K. (2017) A Risk Typology for Depression in African Americans. Issues in Mental Health Nursing.
    3. Hays, K. & Gilreath, T (2017) Profiles of Depression Help Seeking among African Americans: A latent class approach. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease.
    4. Shepard-Payne, J & Hays, K (2016) A Qualitative Exploration of Pastors' Candid Discussions on Mental Health and Healing, Mental Health, Religion, and Culture. 1-13.
    5. Hays, K. (2015) Black Churches’ Capacity to Respond to the Mental Health Needs of African Americans. Social Work and Christianity, 42(3). 296-312.
    6. Hays, K. & Aranda, MP (2015) Faith-Based Mental Health Interventions with African Americans: A Review. Research on Social Work Practice. 1-13.

  • Church Membership & Activities

    Praise Tabernacle Bible Church

  • Community Service & Involvement

    Advocates for African American Elders