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Crystal M. Hayes, MSW

Crystal M. Hayes, MSW

Crystal M. Hayes, MSW

Clinical Assistant Professor

Crystal M. Hayes, MSW, is Clinical Assistant Professor of Social Work at Sacred Heart University. Her research and practice focuses on gender and trauma informed reproductive justice approaches to incarcerated women’s health and implications for policy, research, and prison reform.


  • Incarcerated women’s reproductive healthcare
  • Gender and trauma informed care
  • Community-based mental health
  • Maternal and pediatric mental health

Degrees and Certifications

  • A.B.D., Ph.D. Social Work, University of Connecticut, School for Social Work 2020
  • M.S.W, Smith College, School for Social Work, 2006
  • B.A., Mount Holyoke College, 2004

Teaching Responsibilities

  • Social Welfare Policy, I and II
  • General Social Work Practice

Research Interests and Grants

  • Reproductive Healthcare for Incarcerated Women
  • Maternal and Infant Health
  • Racial, Social, Gender, and Economic Justice
  • Mass incarceration at the intersections of Human Rights and Mental Health
  • Gender and Women’s Studies
  • Anti-Colonial Feminist Research and Scholarship
  • Prison Reform and Advocacy
  • Social Welfare History and Policy
  • Community Organizing and Activism

Awards and Fellowships

  • Vivian Michaelson Fellowship, University of Connecticut
  • White House Collaborative on Equity in Research on Women & Girls of Color Research Grant, University of Connecticut
  • Council on Social Work Education, Minority Fellows Program
  • Five College Women's Studies Research Associateship, Mount Holyoke College

Contact Information
Phone: (203) 396-6337
Email: hayesc5@sacredheart.edu