Crystal Hayes

First Year Fellow

Crystal Hayes is a doctoral student at the University of Connecticut. She completed a bachelor’s degree at Mount Holyoke College and a master’s of social work at Smith College. Ms. Hayes currently works with young women and their children in a clinical setting and teaches at  Smith College and North Carolina State University. Ms. Hayes has experience in nonprofit leadership and management as the former director of Racial Justice and Maternal Child Wellness at the YWCA Greater Triangle in Raleigh, North Carolina. Her research focuses on the childbearing experiences and perinatal health needs of incarcerated pregnant women in an effort to reduce health disparities and promote trauma-informed and gender-specific health care for imprisoned pregnant women. After completing her doctoral degree, Ms. Hayes hopes to secure a tenure-track teaching and research position, developing and leading a research agenda on the perinatal health needs of incarcerated pregnant women. Posttenure, Ms. Hayes is interested in a social work administrative dean or director position in which she can develop policies that create pipelines and mentorships for the next generation of minority scholars in the field.