Health & Wellness Design
Kent State University, Postdoctoral Research in Medical Neuropsychology, 2015
IUPUI, Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, 2013
IUPUI, M.S. Clinical Psychology, 2009
Indiana University, B.S. Psychology, Neuroscience, 2007
Grants, Awards, and Honors
- NIH/NIDDK - K23DK103941 Cognitive and Self-regulatory Mechanisms of Obesity Study (The COSMOS Trial (Role: PI)
- NIH/NIGMS - P20GM109097 Neurotrophic Indicators of Cognition, Executive Skills, Plasticity, and Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (NICE SPACES) (Role: Research Project Leader)
- NIH/NIGMS - U54GM104938 - Pilot of Weight Reduction in Under-represented Populations (POWER-UP Trial) (Role: PI of Pilot Project)
- NIH/NHLBI - F31 HL152620 Acute Inflammatory Effects of Weight Stigma in Overweight/Obesity (Role: Primary Mentor/Sponsor)
- NIH/NIA - R36 AG072342 - Differential Impact of ACEs and Aging on Brain Health (Role: Primary Mentor)
- Recipient and Ambassador of the NIH Loan Repayment Program – National Institutes of Health
- Scholar of the 2018 Health Disparities Research Institute – National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities
- Fellow of the 2015 NIH Summer Institute on Randomized Behavioral Clinical Trials – National Institutes of Health
- Scholar of the 2014 Young Investigator Colloquium – American Psychosomatic Society
Dr. Hawkins is a clinical health psychologist and behavioral medicine researcher on a mission to understand the relationships between cognitive factors (e.g., executive function), emotional factors (e.g. depression), chronic diseases (e.g., obesity, cardiovascular disease) and health behaviors (e.g., eating, exercise) -- as they exist in and are impacted by larger socioeconomic contexts.
She was the recipient of a K23 Career Development Award from NIDDK to examine cognitive factors related to behavioral weight loss interventions and was a Research Project Leader on a project examining neurotrophic factors related to early life adversity and obesity funded by the NIGMS. She has a thriving partnership with Cherokee Nation (Talequah, OK) to examine behavioral weight loss interventions in Indigenous populations and completed a funded pilot of acceptance-based weight loss therapy in collaboration with the Oklahoma Shared Clinical and Translational Research center.
Dr. Hawkins has a commitment to mentoring trainees from under-represented and disadvantaged background (she is a first generation college student herself) and has helped her mentees secure NIH funding for their dissertation work (e.g., R36 from NIA, F31 from NHLBI).
Hawkins, M.A.W., Keirns, N.G., Baraldi, A., Layman, H., Smith, C.E., Stout, M.E., Gunstad, J., Hildebrand, D., Vohs, K.D. & Lovallo, W.R. (2021). Baseline associations between biomarkers, neurocognitive function, and self-regulation indices in the Cognitive and Self-regulatory Mechanisms of Obesity Study (COSMOS). Obesity Science and Practice, 1-13.
Hawkins, M.A.W., Layman, H., Ganson, K.T., Tabler, J., Ciciolla, L., Tsotsoros, C., Nagata, J. (2021). Adverse childhood events and cognitive function among young adults: Prospective results from The National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health. Child Abuse & Neglect, 115, 105008.
Hawkins, M.A.W., Colaizzi, J.M., Cole, A.B., Keirns, N.G., Smith, C.E., Stout, M.E., Chaney, J., Sawhney, M., & Gahn, D. (2021). Pilot trial of acceptance-based behavioral weight loss and neurocognition among American Indians. Behavior Therapy, 52, 350-364.
Gunstad, J. Sanborn, V. & Hawkins, M.A.W (2020). Cognitive dysfunction as a risk factor for overeating behaviors and obesity. American Psychologist, 75, 219-234.
Hawkins, M.A.W., Ciciolla, L., Colaizzi, J., Keirns, N.G., Smith, C.E., Stout, M.E., Addante, S.M., Armans, M., & Erato, G. (2020). Adverse childhood experiences and cognitive function among adults with excess adiposity. Obesity Science & Practice, 1-10.
Hawkins, M.A.W., Keirns, N.G., & Helms, Z. (2018). Cognitive function and carbohydrates. Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolic Care, 21, 302-307.
Hawkins, M.A.W., Colaizzi, J., Gunstad, J., Hughes, J.W., Mullins, L.L. Betts, N., Smith, C.E., Keirns, N.G., Vohs, K.D., Moore, S.M., Forman, E., Lovallo, W.R. (2018). Cognitive and Self-regulatory Mechanisms of Obesity Study (COSMOS): Study protocol for a randomized controlled weight loss trial examining change in biomarkers, cognition, and self-regulation across two behavioral treatments. Contemporary Clinical Trials, 66, 20-27.
Hawkins, M.A.W., Gunstad, J., Calvo, D., & Spitznagel, MB (2016). Higher fasting glucose is associated with poorer cognition among healthy young adults. Health Psychology, 35, 199-202.
Hawkins, M.A.W., Alosco, M.L., Spitznagel, M.B., Strain, G., Devlin M., Cohen, R., Crosby, R.D., Mitchell, J.E., & Gunstad, J. (2015). Reduced inflammation is not associated with cognitive gains after bariatric surgery. Psychosomatic Medicine: Special Issue 'Diabetes, Obesity, and the Brain,' _77, 688-696.
Hawkins, M.A.W., Gunstad, J., Dolanksy, M., Redle, J.D., Josephson, R., Moore, S.M., & Hughes, J.W. (2014) Greater body mass index is associated with poorer cognitive functioning in male heart failure patients. Journal of Cardiac Failure, 20, 199-206.