Hayden Dawes, LCSW, LCAS, has been a professional public speaker and consultant since 2014. He provides dynamic continuing education seminars on race and racism within mental health practice and the importance of self-tending practices while working in mental health and healthcare settings. After years of providing mental health treatment to diverse populations in various settings, including inpatient, outpatient, and the community, Dawes decided to pursue a PhD at the UNC-Chapel Hill School of social work, where he teaches research and practice courses. His research interest primarily lies in improving mental health treatment for people of color and LGBTQIA+ individuals. He currently has a private practice, Courage(Inside)Out, PLLC, to serve this population.
Regarding leadership, he has been on the board of directors and vice president of the North Carolina Society for Clinical Social Work. Hayden currently serves on the executive council of the American Academy of Psychotherapists. In 2020, Hayden became a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation – Health Policy Research Scholar, a competitive, prestigious nationwide fellowship to support the next generation of scholars committed to creating health equity. When not reading, writing, conducting research, or practicing therapy, Hayden enjoys mindless scrolling on Instagram or Twitter. He’s also picked up another hobby of doing stand-up comedy.