Krystal Hays, PhD

Assistant Professor of Social Work
Program Director, Doctor 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

  • Academic Areas & Scholarly Interests

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

  • Teaching Experience at Institutions Other than CBU

    University of Southern California

  • Research, Presentations, & Publications

    1. Costello, J., Hays, K., & Gamez, A. M. (2020). Using mental health first aid to promote mental health in churches. Journal of Spirituality in Mental Health, 1-12.
    2. Hays, K., Shepard-Payne, J. (2020). Lived experience, transparency, help, and humility: Four characteristics of clergy responding to mental and emotional problems. Journal of Pastoral Care & Counseling
    3. Hays, K. (2018). Reconceptualizing church-based mental health promotion with African Americans: A social action theory approach. Journal of Religion & Spirituality in Social Work: Social Thought, 1-22.
    4. Hays, K. (2017) A Risk Typology for Depression in African Americans. Issues in Mental Health Nursing.
    5. Hays, K. & Lincoln, K. D. (2017) Mental Health Help-seeking Patterns among African Americans: Exploring the Influence of Religion. Race and Social Problems. 9(2), 127-138
    6. Hays, K. & Gilreath, T (2017) Profiles of Depression Help Seeking among African Americans: A latent class approach. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease.
    7. 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.
    8. Hays, K. (2015) Black Churches’ Capacity to Respond to the Mental Health Needs of African Americans. Social Work and Christianity, 42(3). 296-312.
    9. Hays, K. & Aranda, MP (2015) Faith-Based Mental Health Interventions with African Americans: A Review. Research on Social Work Practice. 1-13.
    10. Djaladat, H., Burner, E., Parikh, P. M., Beroukhim Kay, D., & Hays, K. (2014). The Association between Testis Cancer and Semen Abnormalities before Orchiectomy: A Systematic Review. Journal of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology, 3(4), 153-159.

  • Church Membership & Activities

    Transformation Church (formally Praise Tabernacle Bible Church)

  • Community Service & Involvement

    Advocates for African American Elders