Jaclyn "Jaci" Hawkins

As the Director of Direct Services, Jaclyn oversees initiatives for: Health Education, Mental Health & Well-being, Resource Navigation & Wayfinding, Sexual & Reproductive Health, Substance Use & Recovery, and Wellness Coaching. Her professional background spans over several functional areas in higher education and student affairs. Some of those experiences focus on social justice education, mental health counseling, residence life, and leadership development. In addition, she has served as an instructor for both undergraduate and graduate populations.

Jaclyn grew up in the Golden State, California, and is excited to support student health and well-being through a trauma-informed and intersectional lens. When not at work, Jaclyn enjoys spending time with her fur-child, Captain, and watching mockumentaries.


  • M.A., Clinical Psychology, Teachers College, Columbia University 
    • Concentration/Certificate: Spirituality, Mind, & Body 
  • M.Ed., College Student Affairs Administration, University of Georgia
  • B.A., Sociology, Minor in Applied Psychology, University of California, Santa Barbara

Certifications and Licensure:

  • Tobacco Treatment Specialist
  • Real Balance Global Wellness Services Inc. Licensed WM360°™ Trainer 
  • National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach (NBC-HWC)
  • Certified Wellness & Health Coach (CWHC)
  • First Episode Psychosis in Transition-Age Youth Certified

Professional Experience:

  • Associate Director, Health Education & Prevention Services, Columbia University
  • Health Promotion Specialist, Columbia University
  • Instructor, University of Georgia  
  • Program Coordinator for LeaderShape, University of Georgia 
  • Residence Life Coordinator, Duke University Talent Identification Program
  • Resident Director, Music Academy of the West
  • Instructor, University of California, Santa Barbara  
  • Assistant Resident Director, University of California, Santa Barbara 

Awards and Honors:


  • NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education
  • ACPA: College Educators International
  • American College Health Association

Published Articles

  • Coleman, R. D., Wilkinson, K., Entsuah, P.R., Hawkins, J.M., Orlando, G. (2021). Supporting the health and well-being of a diverse student population. In J.A. Vaughn & A.J. Viera (Eds.), Principles and practice of college health. (pp. 133-147). Springer.
  • Entsuah, P., Gorman, K., Hawkins, J. ., & Coleman, R. (2021). ROARing 20’s: Cultivating Responsible, Optimal, Authentic, and Resilient Students. Journal of College Orientation, Transition, and Retention, 28(2). https://doi.org/10.24926/jcotr.v28i2.3732