Laurel M. Hicks
Laurel is PhD candidate pursing a dual-title degree in Clinical Social Work and Infant Mental Health. Her primary research interest is the utilization and effectiveness of mindfulness-based interventions in improving mental health, and parent-infant outcomes in urban pregnant women and new parents. A secondary interest is understanding the effects of trauma on physiological and psychological stress responses and how this effects the health of both mothers and fathers during antenatal and postnatal periods.
- Clinical Interventions
- Perinatal Mental Health
- Infant Mental Health
- Mindfulness Interventions
- Yoga Interventions
- Birth Trauma
Perinatal mental health, infant mental health, child welfare, mindfulness interventions, physiological effects of stress, trauma-informed care, secondary trauma
Mindfulness Based Interventions in the Perinatal Period
Mindfulness for Stress Reduction
SW 6991: Mind, Body, Spirit Approaches in Social Work Practice
Ph.D. in Social Work (Clinical Concentration) and Infant Mental Health (expected graduation May 2017)
Master of Social Work, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
Bachelor of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering, University of Windsor, Windsor, ON
· 09/2016 – Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting Education Professional Training
· 07/2015 – Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Training
· 06/2014 – Respiratory Sinus Arrhythmia – Data Collection and Analysis
· 09/2013 – Working Model of the Child Interview Coding Training
· 08/2013 – Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy
· 05/2013 – Mindful Schools Curriculum Training
· 10/2012 – Non-Violent Communication Training
· 09/2011 – Non-Violent Crisis Intervention Training
· 09/2011 – Alive! Canada Suicide Prevention Training
· 09/2011 – Therapeutic Story Telling for Children
· 05/2010 – Teaching Yoga to At-Risk Populations Training, taught by Hala Khouri LC
· 02/2008 – Off the Mat into the World, Leadership Training Intensive, NYC by Seane Corn
· 09/2008 – Reiki Training and Certification – Level 1 (Healing Touch Therapy)
BlueCross BlueShield of Michigan - Student Research Award "Improving Mental Health, Birth and Maternal Outcomes in Detroit Mothers - A Mindfulness-Based Intervention"
2016, 2015, 2014 Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute Predoctoral Fellow, Wayne State University.
2016 Mind Life Summer Research Institute Research Fellow
2015 1st place poster – Wayne State University Graduate Exhibition
2014 Wayne State University, School of Social Work Travel Award
2015, 2014 Merrill Palmer Skillman Travel Award
2014 Blackstone Launch Pad, Mobile App Competition: Best Non-WSU based app, Wayne State University
2014 Thomas C. Rumble Fellowship Development of Research and Scholarship Award, Wayne State University. Presented to doctoral student who shows high promise in research and scholarship. Provides tuition and $16,000 stipend.
2014 Wayne State Graduate School External Funding Application Award
2013 Thomas C. Rumble Fellowship Recruitment Award, Wayne State University. Presented to outstanding new doctoral recruit. Provides tuition and $16,000 stipend.
2011 Graduate Professional Scholarship, Wayne State University. Presented to outstanding academic graduate students who show promise in research.
2011 Metro Canadian Scholarship
2011 Elizabeth Brehler Scholarship Finalist
2011 Yale Child Study Centre Post-Grad MSW Fellowship Finalist
2011 Phi Alpha Honor Society – Chapter Omicron Omicron
2011 Golden Key International Honor Society
Dayton, C., Matthews, W., Hicks, L. M., Malone, J. (2017). The expression of music throughout the Lives of expectant Detroit parents. Journal of the Psychology of Music.
Brown, S., Victor, B., Hicks, L. M., & Tracy, E. M. (2016). Recovery support mediates the relationship between parental warmth and quality of life among women with substance use disorders. Journal of Quality of life research, 1-9.
Brown, S., Hicks, L. M., & Tracy, E. M. (2016). Parenting Efficacy and Support in Mothers with Dual Disorders in a Substance Abuse Treatment Program. Journal of dual diagnosis(just-accepted), 00-00. doi:10.1080/15504263.2016.1247998
Dayton, C. J., Buczkowski, R., Muzik, M., Goletz, J., Hicks, L., Walsh, T. B., & Bocknek, E. L. (2016). Expectant fathers’ beliefs and expectations about fathering as they prepare to parent a new infant. Journal of Social Work Research, 40(4), 225-236. doi:10.1093/swr/svw017
Gonzalez-Prendes, A. A., Hicks, L. M. (2016). “Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.” Oxford Bibliographies in Social Work. Ed. Edward J. Mullen. New York: Oxford University Press.
Hicks, L. M., Dayton, C. J., Brown, S., Muzik, M. (revise and resubmit). Dispositional Mindfulness Moderates Depression and Quality of Parental Bonding in Urban Expectant Parents. Journal of Mindfulness.
Dayton, C. J., Johnson, A., Hicks, L. M., Goletz, J., Green, K., Primuse, T. Sex Differences in the Social Ecology of Breastfeeding: A Mixed Methods Analysis of Breastfeeding Views of Expectant Mothers and Fathers. Submitted to Journal of Parenting: Science and Practice 02/2017.
Day, A., Curtis, A., Paul, R., Chenyang, S., Hicks, L. M., Quist, L, Jianrattanasawat, L. Predictors of Early Pregnancy, Access to Timely and Adequate Prenatal Care and Delivery Services among Female Youth in Foster Care: An Analysis of Medicaid Claims Data. Submitted to Journal of Pediatrics 02/2017.
WORKS IN PREPARATION
Hicks, L. M. Mental Health and Mindfulness in Low-SES Expectant Parents.
Hicks, L. M. Trauma History, Mindfulness and Potential for Future Child Abuse in Parents-to-be.
Hicks, L. M. Connections between Mindfulness and Expectant Parents’ Physiological Stress Response to a Baby’s Cry.
Hicks, L. M., Dayton, C., Muzik, M. (invited for publication) Mind-body Interventions in Trauma Exposed Populations. Will submit before July 2017 to Integrative Medicine Insights.
Muzik, M., Hicks, L. M., Brookens-Harvey, B. Mindful yoga in pregnancy. In I. Ivtzan, The Handbook of Mindfulness-Based Programs: Every Established Intervention, from Medicine to Education: Routledge Press.
Dayton, C., Hicks, L. M., Martinez-Torteya, C., Basu, A., Muzik, M., Brown, S. Cortisol response to a parenting stress stimulus in violence-exposed expectant mothers and fathers.
Brown, S., Dayton, C. J., Hicks, L. M., MacWilliams, M. J., Junquist, A. Making It Real: Prenatal, Relationship-Based Interviews with Pregnant Women Exposed to Environmental Risk.
Brophy-Herb, H., Stacks, A., Hicks, L. M., Wong, K. Reflective Functioning, Mind-Mindedness and Mindfulness.
Dayton, C., Hicks, L. M., Swain, J. The implications of new parenting neurobiology findings on infant mental health practice.