Bethany Hedden

Bethany Hedden

Project Coordinator, Center for Behavioral Health and Justice

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

Bethany Hedden


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 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 PhD student in the Social Work and Anthropology (SWAN) doctoral program studying how white supremacy, nationalism, moral personhood, and belonging are made and unmade through the practice of yoga.


Bethany serves as a project coordinator for the Center for Behavioral Health and Justice. Her primary projects focus on crisis response, dispatch services, and harm reduction. Responsibilities include regular communication, data collection, and ongoing collaboration and coordination with behavioral health and criminal justice stakeholders and project coordination.

Bethany is the project coordinator for a Centers for Disease Control & Prevention RO1 grant that studies how law enforcement drug seizures effect overdose in the surrounding community. She also supports the evaluation of harm reduction street outreach teams and in the writing of manuscripts.

Degrees and Certifications

  • MSW, University of Michigan 
  • BFA, 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 Hedden is a doctoral student in the Social Work and Anthropology (SWAN) program. Drawing from the interdisciplinary framework of EcoJustice Education, her research investigates how a Detroit-based theatre company creates arts aimed at repairing harm caused by interconnected forms of social and ecological violence. She is interested in the realities that are possible through confronting the deep cultural roots of oppression while healing through pleasurable surrender, mutuality, and care.

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