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Krystal Hays, PhD

Associate Professor of Social Work
Program Director, Doctor of Social Work

Office Phone: (951) 552-8145
Office Location: James 132
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 1
    Social Research
    Advanced Clinical Practice
    Direct Practice with Cultural Humility
    Community Engagement and Social Innovation
    Research Dissemination and Scholarship
    Project Development and Implementation
    Community Based Participatory Research Methods

  • 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

    2. Ellis, R., Hays, K., Hamilton, J., and Reyes, L., (in-press). Spiritual Outcomes of a Faith-Based Camping Program for Children of Incarcerated Parents. Under review at the Journal of the Christian Society for Kinesiology, Leisure and Sports Studies

    3. Hays, K., & Costello, J. (2021). Churches as agents of community change: An introduction to the issue. Journal of Prevention & Intervention in the Community, 1-6.

    4. Hays, K., Flores-Carter, K., Costello, J., & Ellis, R. (2021). Enhancing supports to children of incarcerated parents: Introducing trauma informed training to church mentors. Journal of Prevention & Intervention in the Community, 1-17.

    5. Hays, K., & Costello, J. (2021). Exploring the Cultural Appropriateness and Feasibility of Mental Health First Aid in Uganda: A Case Study. Psychological Services

    6. 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.

    7. 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

    8. 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.

    9. Hays, K. (2017) A Risk Typology for Depression in African Americans. Issues in Mental Health Nursing.

    10. 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

    11. Hays, K. & Gilreath, T (2017) Profiles of Depression Help Seeking among African Americans: A latent class approach. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease.

    12. 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.

    13. Hays, K. (2015) Black Churches’ Capacity to Respond to the Mental Health Needs of African Americans. Social Work and Christianity, 42(3). 296-312.

    14. 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

    Church Member: Transformation Church (formally Praise Tabernacle Bible Church)
    Pre-Academy (preschool) Leader: Transformation Church
    Bridge Team Leader (wellness ministry): Transformation Church

  • Community Service & Involvement

    Advocates for African American Elders
    CBU Social Work Assessment Committee, 2019-present
    Journal Reviewer for Counseling Psychology Quarterly, 2019
    Journal Reviewer for Advances in Social Work, 2019
    Chair of CBU Social Work Curriculum Committee, 2018-present
    Journal Reviewer for Religion and Spirituality in Social Work, 2018-presnt
    Reviewer for Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 2018-presnt
    Journal Reviewer for Public Health Nursing, 2018-present
    Journal Reviewer for Race and Social Problems, 2016-present
    National Association of Social Workers, 2016-present
    American Public Health Association, 2014-2015
    Society for Social Work and Research, 2013-2017
    Council on Social Work Education, 2013-Present
    Pomona Valley Interfaith Collaboration on Mental Health, 2011-2013
    National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, Pomona Valley, 2011-present
    Licensed Clinical Social Worker, California, 2010-Present
    Mental Health First Aid Certification, 2012
    Non-violent Crisis Intervention Training, 2010, 2011
    Black Social Work Caucus-University of Southern California, 2006-2008

  • Interests & Hobbies

    Home DIY projects
    Certified resource/foster family

  • Personal Philosophy

    "God made my life complete when I placed all the pieces before him. [...] God rewrote the text of my life when I opened the book of my heart to his eyes" Psalm 18: 20 & 24