Dr. Hawkins completed her undergraduate career at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) where she received a BA degree. After graduating from college, she devoted one year to completing clinical research in collaboration with UCLA and Charles Drew University seeking to improve quality of life for postmenopausal women with socioeconomic barriers to receiving quality care. Dr. Hawkins then attended both medical school and graduate school at the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine where she received her MD and MPH degrees from their Physician Leadership Development Program. During medical school, she was awarded a competitive Helping Hands Grant from the American Psychiatric Association/American Psychiatry Association Foundation (APA/APAF) to develop and implement a parenting and safer sex education program for parenting and pregnant homeless youth to promote safer sex and repeat pregnancy prevention. Dr. Hawkins then completed her adult psychiatry residency training at the University of Southern California in association with Los Angeles County (LAC+USC) and child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship training at UCLA in association with Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Hawkins has received several awards including the LAC+USC Intern of the Year Award, APA/APAF Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship, APA/APAF Diversity Leadership Fellowship, AACAP Education Outreach Program Award, and USPHS Excellence in Public Health Award.
Dr. Hawkins has extensive experience in both psychopharmacologic and psychotherapy treatment modalities. She places an emphasis on crafting holistic treatment plans to best fit the unique needs of each patient and their family. She takes great pride in working alongside her patients to empower and work collaboratively to reach desired treatment goals.