Dr. Elizabeth Hawkins, PhD MPH

Dr. Elizabeth Hawkins is a clinical psychologist, behavioral health researcher, and a food allergy mom and advocate. She works with individuals and communities on a variety of emotional, social, and health issues. She holds a doctorate in child clinical psychology and a MPH in Health Services from the University of Washington, where she received advanced instruction and practice in addictions, co-occurring disorders, public/community health, and indigenous health practices.

Dr. Hawkins is licensed and maintains a private therapy practice in the states of Washington and Oregon. Her approach is broadly rooted in cognitive-behavioral therapies. She provides evidence-based treatments that incorporate theories and strategies of mindfulness, acceptance, compassion, attachment, and behavioral skills training. She believes strongly that mental and emotional wellbeing rest on a foundation of healthy nutrition, movement, sleep, and social connections and includes these elements in her work with clients. One area of specialization is working with food allergy families to manage the accompanying stress, anxiety, and traumatic experiences.

Dr. Hawkins is also the mother of two. Her youngest daughter was severely allergic to more than twenty different foods, including seven of the nine top allergens, and suffered from severe eczema. Some of her allergies were outgrown, some have been successfully treated with two of the treatments described in the book and are now included in her daily diet, and she is currently undergoing treatment for others. Dr. Hawkins notes that managing and treating anxiety is very similar and shares a lot of the same terminology as managing and treating food allergies. She combines her experience and education into a powerful and practical chapter on maintaining the healthy emotional development of children living with food allergies.


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PhD, Child Clinical Psychology, University of Washington
MPH, Health Services, University of Washington
MS, Child Clinical Psychology, University of Washington
BA, Psychology, University of California at Berkeley
BA, Ethnic Studies, University of California at Berkeley

Professional Memberships
American Psychological Association
Oregon Psychological Association
Society of Indian Psychologists
Association for Contextual Behavioral Science

Selected Publications 

Hawkins, E. H., & La Marr, C. J. (2012). Pulling for Native Communities: Alan Marlatt and the Journeys of the Circle.  Addiction Research and Theory, 20, 236-242.

Hawkins, E. H.  (2009).  A tale of two systems: Co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders treatment for adolescents.  Annual Review of Psychology, 60, 197-227.

Hawkins, E. H., & Walker, R. D. (Eds).  (2006).  Best practices in behavioral health for American Indians and Alaska Natives.  Portland, OR: One Sky Center, Oregon Health & Science University.

Mail, P. D., Hawkins, E. H., Radin, S., La Marr, C. J., Blume, A., Chan, K. C., Larimer, M., Chastain, C., & Goines, M. A.  (2006). Insights from urban Indian teens on staying healthy: Data from focus groups.  American Journal of Health Studies, 20, 99-105.

Hawkins, E. H., Cummins, L. H., & Marlatt, G. A.  (2004).  Preventing substance abuse in American Indian and Alaska Native adolescents: Promising strategies for healthier communities.  Psychological Bulletin, 130(2), 304-323.

Marlatt, G. A., Larimer, M., Mail, P. D., Hawkins, E. H., Cummins, L. H., Blume, A. W., Lonczak, H. S., Burns, K. M., Chan, K. K., Cronce, J. M., La Marr, C. J., Radin, S., Forquera, R., Gonzales, R., Tetrick, C., & Gallion, S.  (2003).  Journeys of the circle: A culturally congruent life skills intervention for adolescent Indian drinking.  Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, 27(8), 1327-1329.

Hawkins, E. H., & Blume, A. W.  (2002).  Loss of sacredness: Historical contexts of health policies for indigenous people in the United States.  In P. D. Mail, S. Huertin-Robers, J. Howard, & S. E. Martin (Eds.), Alcohol use among American Indians and Alaska Natives: Multiple perspectives on a complex problem.  Rockville, MD: National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

Larimer, M. E., Marlatt, G. A., Baer, J. S., Quigley, L. A., Blume, A. W., & Hawkins, E. H. (1998). Harm reduction for alcohol problems: Expanding access to and acceptability of prevention and treatment services.  In G. A. Marlatt (Ed.), Harm reduction: Pragmatic strategies for managing high-risk behaviors. New York: Guilford Press.