Jaclyn "Jaci" Hawkins

As the Director of Direct Services, Jaclyn oversees initiatives for mental health and well-being, alcohol and other drugs (AOD), health education and wellness coaching. Jaclyn initially joined the Alice! Health Promotion team as a Health Promotion Specialist in 2018. 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, 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 being out and about exploring all that the community has to offer!


  • 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
  • Assistant Resident Director, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Resident Director, Music Academy of the West
  • Residence Life Coordinator, Duke University Talent Identification Program
  • Program Coordinator for LeaderShape, University of Georgia
  • Instructor, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Instructor, University of Georgia

Awards and Honors:

  • Unsung Heroine Award, Professional Women’s Association (PWA)
  • Advisor of the Year, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • PACURH NRHH Regional Residence Life Faculty/Staff of the Month Award Winner


  • 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