Nakia Hamlett

Nakia Hamlett

Interim Dean of Equity and Inclusion
Director of Faculty Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging
William Meredith Assistant Professor of Psychology

Joined Connecticut College: 2017

Ph.D., State University of New York, Albany
M.Ed., University of Maryland-College Park
B.A., University of Maryland-College Park


Child, adolescent and young adult mental health

Complex trauma

Ethnic minority and underserved populations

Child development and developmental psychopathology

Personality disorders

Psychological assessment

Clinical risk assessment and management

Positive behavioral support plans

As Director of Faculty Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging, Nakia will serve as a member of the Dean of the Faculty Office staff collaborating with the Dean and Associate Dean and the ombuds to continue, and deepen, work on equity and full participation and to develop policies, practices, and interventions, which reflect and intentionally promote best practices in creating inclusive communities that aim to improve the sense of belonging of faculty from minoritized identities and/or cultures. Nakia’s work will focus on studying and addressing equity, access, and inclusion in the culture and practices of the division of academic affairs–most specifically in classrooms and departments, and faculty committees. In addition, she will collaborate with the DEI Division to fully realize and implement the Institutional Equity and Inclusion Action Plan goals on Curriculum, Teaching, and the Faculty Experience and the Anti- Racist Education and Action.

Hamlett's long-term areas of research include child, adolescent, and young adult mental health; complex trauma; ethnic minority and underserved populations; child development and developmental psychopathology; personality disorders; psychological assessment; clinical risk assessment and management; and positive behavioral support plans.

Hamlett has received several awards: Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award, Psychology Section, Department of Psychiatry, Yale University School of Medicine (2015); Early Career Initiative Award, Division 39, American Psychological Association (2015); and the Division 39 Scholars Award, Division 39, American Psychological Association (2015).

Hamlett has previously taught courses that include Introduction to Psychotherapy, Topics in Inpatient Mental Health Care, Introduction to Counseling, Abnormal Psychology, Child Behavioral Disorders, Psychology of Human Development and Psychology of Human Sexuality.

Recent publications by Nakia Hamlett

  • Garland, B. and Hamlett, N. (2017). A proposed model of mental health transition for emerging adults. APA Division 53: Society for Children and Adolescent Psychology Quarterly Newsletter Insight.
  • Carr, E., Hillbrand, M., & Hamlett, N. (2016) Expanding traditional paradigms: An integrative approach to the psychotherapeutic treatment of psychosis. Journal of Psychotherapy Integration.
  • McMahon, T., Hamlett, N., Olezeski, C., Flanagan, D., & Harris, N. (2016). Children, adolescents, and young adults in the publicly funded systems of care. In S. Jacobs & J. Steiner (Eds.), Yale Textbook on Public Psychiatry, New York: Oxford University Press.
  • McMahon, T. & Hamlett, N. (2016). What role does child and adolescent psychology play in professional training programs? APA Division 53: Society for Children and Adolescent Psychology Quarterly Newsletter Insight.
  • Hamlett, N., Carr, E., & Hillbrand, M. (2015). Positive behavioral support planning in the inpatient treatment of severe disruptive behaviors: A description of service features. Psychological Services, 13(2), 178-82.

Recent conferences

  • Invited Presentation: American Psychological Association Annual Conference, Denver, CO (2016), 'Are we there yet? Ethical and legal issues facing emerging adults in clinical systems of care during the transition to adulthood'.
  • Planning Committee Member & Conference Moderator: Yale-Austin Riggs Conference on Developmental Psychopathology, Family Process, and Social Context, Stockbridge, MA. (2016), 'Psychosocial treatments delivered in complex systems of care'
  • Invited Presentation: National Association of Social Workers (NASW), Westport, CT (2016) 'Difficult dialogues: Contemporary strategies for engaging clients around issues of race and culture in psychotherapy'.
  • Invited Presentation: Yale-Austin Riggs Conference, New Haven, CT (2015), 'Freud Meets Skinner in New Haven: Behavioral interventions in the context of psychodynamic psychotherapy'.
  • Invited Symposium Chair and Presenter: Society for the Exploration of the Integration of Psychotherapy Annual Conference, Baltimore, MD (2015), 'Knowing what we know and what we don't: Sense and meaning- making in the provision of intensive psychiatric services to emerging adults with serious psychiatric impairment.'

Hamlett's personal interests include cooking, culinary adventures, traveling, creative writing and reading.

Major or minor in psychology.

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Mailing Address

Nakia Hamlett
Connecticut College
Box # PSYCHOLOGY/Bill Hall
270 Mohegan Ave.
New London, CT 06320


315B Bill Hall