Bethany Hedden-Clayton

Bethany Hedden-Clayton

Federal Grants Manager, Center for Behavioral Health and Justice

Expert in ethnographic methods, racial disparities, and forms of embodiment and belonging

Bethany Hedden-Clayton


Bethany (she/her) has worked in a variety of settings: behavioral health, community development, housing, education, movement, and the arts. Her work has been published at the American Journal of Public Health, Drug and Alcohol Dependence, and OMEGA – Journal of Death and Dying and has been presented at the Society for Social Work Research, Society for Applied Anthropology, National Alliance on Mental Illness Michigan, Henry Ford Hospital’s Global Health Symposium, and the Michigan Association of Community Mental Health Boards. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Social Work and Anthropology (SWAN) doctoral program.


Bethany serves as manager of federal grants at the Center for Behavioral Health and Justice. She is responsible for the effective, efficient, and coordinated management of federal and out-of-state grants including a Center for Disease Control and Prevention RO1 grant focused on the impact of law enforcement drug seizures on overdose in the surrounding community; the evaluation of harm reduction street outreach teams; and the National Institute of Mental Health P50 center, the National Center for Health and Justice Integration for Suicide Prevention, focused on suicide prevention for those in the criminal/legal and behavioral health systems.

Degrees and Certifications

  • M.S.W., University of Michigan 
  • B.F.A., Wayne State University 
  • Registered Yoga Teacher (200 Hour) 
  • Summer Intensive at Moscow Art Theatre School 
  • Technology of Participation: Strategic Planning & Facilitation Methods

Research Interests

Bethany's dissertation focuses on understanding personhood, social relations, and the embodied dimensions of race, nation, gender, and religion in the context of the wellness industry.


Victor, G., Hedden-Clayton, B. J., Lister, J., Lee, G., Huynh, P., & Ray, B. (2023). Community overdose surveillance: Fentanyl involvement in overdose deaths in rural Michigan. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 7.

Ray, B., Mohler, G., Huynh, P., Carroll, J. J., Korzeniewski, S. J. del Pozo, B., Victor, G., & Hedden, B. J. (2023). Spatiotemporal analysis exploring the effect of law enforcement drug market disruptions on overdose, Indiana, 2020-2021. American Journal of Public Health, 113(7), 750-758.

Willis, T., Kern, L., Hedden, B. J., Nelson, V. Comartin, E., & Kubiak, S. (2023). The impact of Crisis
Intervention Team (CIT) training on police use of force. Journal of Offender Rehabilitation.

Grant, V., & Hedden-Clayton, B. J. (2023). Substance use and violence victimization among women: A review of relevant literature. Violence & Victims, 38(1).

Ray, B., Hedden, B. J., Carroll, J. J., del Pozo, B., Wagner, K., Kral, A. H., O’Donnell, D., Victor, G., & Huynh, P. (2022). Prevalence and correlates of incarceration following emergency medical services response to overdose in a state with limited Good Samaritan Laws. Drug and Alcohol Dependence.

Ray, B., Kunkel, T., Bryant, K., Hedden, B., Andraka-Christou, B., O’Neil, B., & Huynh, P. (2022). Client attitudes towards virtual treatment court. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 140.

Kheibari, A., Hedden, B. J., Comartin, E., Kral, M., & Kubiak, S. (2021). Law enforcement and suicide calls for service: A mixed-methods study of suicide attempts and deaths. OMEGA - Journal of Death and Dying, 003022282110294.

Hedden, B. J., Comartin, E., Hambrick, N., & Kubiak, S. (2021). Racial disparities in access to and utilization of jail- and community-based mental health treatment in 8 US midwestern jails in 2017. American Journal of Public Health, 111(2), 277–285.



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