Asani Seawell, PhD

Associate Professor | Co-Director of Health Psychology Emphasis
UC Box 
HPC-2, Room 290

Roles and Interests


  • Health Psychology
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Couples Psychotherapy
  • Human Diversity

Practicum I Supervisor
Dissertation Chair

Clinical and Research Interests

Obesity, type 2 diabetes, and chronic illness in African Americans and other at risk, community-based samples, positive health psychology with emphasis on the psychology of forgiveness and forgiveness-based interventions, qualitative methodologies related to these topics.


  • 2007 Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University at Albany, State University of New York (SUNY), Albany, New York
  • 2003 M.A., Clinical Psychology, University at Albany, State University of New York (SUNY), Albany, New York
  • 2000 B.A., Psychology, Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey

Professional Membership

  • American Psychological Association Division 38 (Health Psychology)
  • Association of Black Psychologists
  • Association of Women in Psychology

Selected Recent Publications (* denotes student author)

 *Hurt, T. R., Seawell, A. H., Cutrona, C., Camp, R., Duran, R., Elderts, R.,... & Pattee, J. (2017). Black women's recommendations for developing effective type-2 diabetes programming. Global Qualitative Nursing Research, 4, 1-12. doi: 10.1177/2333393617715335

*Hurt, T. R., Seawell, A. H., & Shirley, M. (2015). Developing effective diabetes programming for Black men. Global Qualitative Nursing Research, 2, 1-9. doi:10.1177/1557988315580132

*Seawell, A. H., Hurt, T. R., & Shirley, M. (2015). The influence of stress, gender, and culture on type-2 diabetes prevention and management among Black men: A qualitative analysis. American Journal of Men’s Health, 10(2), 149-156. doi: 10.1177/1557988315580132

Wagner, J., Tennen, H., Finan, P., Feinn, R., Burg, M. M., Seawell, A. H., & White, W. B. (2015). Exposure to racial discrimination and ambulatory blood pressure in women with type 2 diabetes. Stress and Health, 32: 337–345. doi: 10.1002/smi.2622.

*Seawell, A. H., Toussaint, L., & Cheadle, A. C. D. (2014). Prospective associations between unforgiveness and physical health in a nationally representative sample of older adults, Psychology and Health, 29, 375-89. doi: 10.1080/08870446.2013.856434

Selected Recent Presentations (* denotes student author)

*Soucy, M. S., Reigeluth, C. S., & Seawell, A. H. (2019, March). “Masculinity” and its impact on the healing and recovery of male sexual assault survivors: A review of the literature.” Poster presented at the Conference on Masculinities and Gender: Research, Practice, and Community Activism to Promote Social Change, Pacific University, Hillsboro, OR.

*Tweet, R., Elder, K. A., & Seawell, A. H. (2019, March). The effect of patient BMI and stigma on type 2 diabetes. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, Washington, DC.

Seawell, A. H. (2018, December). Staying the course: Moving from diversity fatigue to diversity resilience. Training given at the Portland Comprehensive Health Clinics, Pacific University, Portland, OR.

Glasgow, C., Seawell, A. H., Sengkhammee, J., Yin, L. (2018, November). Mental health is not just for white people. Panel presentation made at the 15th annual Ray Warren Symposium on Race and Ethnic Studies, Lewis and Clark College, Portland, OR.

*Fry, M., Seawell, A. H., Wong, I., Truong, C., Patel, R., Guov, J., Smith, J., & Farris, K. (2018, May). MeRIT Project: Community pharmacy perspectives on the use of quality improvement methodologies: A qualitative study. Poster presented at the virtual poster symposium of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy.

*Pawar, S., Antick, J., & Seawell, A. H. (2018, April). Does adding natural elements to a pain clinic waiting room influence patient’s anxiety, pain ratings, or perception of their health experience? Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Western Psychological Association, Portland, OR.

*Stierley, D., Michael, P. G, & Seawell, A. H. (2018, April). A meta-analysis examining social engagement interventions impact on cognitive function. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Western Psychological Association, Portland, OR.



Asani Seawell, co-director of the health psychology track, was featured on The Fragmented Whole, a podcast about how the brokenness in ourselves is reflected in the world around us.