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Michael Mason

Betsey R. Bush Endowed Professor in Children and Families at Risk

Michael Mason, PhD
Phone: 865-974-9148

Michael Mason is the Betsey R. Bush Endowed Professor in Children and Families at Risk in the College of Social Work. Prior to coming to the University of Tennessee, Dr. Mason was an Associate Professor of Psychiatry, and Director of the Commonwealth Institute on Child and Family Studies, in the School of Medicine, at Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr. Mason completed his undergraduate degree at Pepperdine University, his masters at San Diego State University, and his doctorate from Oregon State University. He completed a National Institute on Mental Health postdoctoral research fellowship at Johns Hopkins University, School of Public Health, Department of Mental Hygiene.

Dr. Mason’s work seeks to understand and test the idea that substance use is a developmentally contingent social practice that is constituted within the routine social-environment of individuals’ lives. His work is funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and state foundations.

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John Wodarski


John Wodarski, PhD
Phone: 865-974-9154

John Wodarski is a Professor in the College of Social Work. He has served as a principal investigator on multiple projects funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and foundations. His interests include substance abuse, HIV/AIDS and evidence-based treatments.


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Lisa Reyes Mason

Assistant Professor

Lisa Reyes Mason, PhD
Phone: 865-974-6544

Lisa Reyes Mason is an Assistant Professor in the College of Social Work and faculty director of the Environment and Social Development initiative at Washington University in St. Louis. She is funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and Institute for a Secure and Sustainable Environment. Through community engagement, her multidisciplinary research examines social vulnerability and adaptation to problems at the nexus of society and the environment such as climate change, water security, urban pollution, and severe weather.

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Professor Emeritus

Charles Glisson, PhD

Charles Glisson, Professor Emeritus, is the founding director of the Center. He directed multiple interdisciplinary mental health services research projects since founding the Center in 1988. His research focused on organizational culture and climate, and their impact on client and other outcomes in child welfare and mental health services.



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Paul Erwin

Faculty Affiliate

Paul Campbell Erwin, MD, PhD
Phone: 865-974-5252

Paul Campbell Erwin, MD, DrPH, is professor and head for the Department of Public Health. He joined the faculty at UT in 2007 to establish the Center for Public Health, which served as the springboard for establishing the Department of Public Health in 2010. Before joining the University of Tennessee, he worked with the Tennessee Department of Health for 16 years, with the last 12 years spent as the director of the East Tennessee Regional Health Office. During that time, he focused extensively on community-based health assessment and planning, engaging local county health councils, faculty, and students at the University of Tennessee. He was a member (and later chair) of the national work group which produced MAPP (Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships), including the local tool of the National Public Health Performance Standards Program.

Prior to serving with the Tennessee Department of Health, he spent two years as a fellow in international health at the Aga Khan University in Karachi, Pakistan. He is boarded in internal medicine and public health and preventive medicine and is a fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine.

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J. Douglas Coatsworth

Faculty Affiliate

J. Douglas Coatsworth, PhD
Phone: 970-491-0662

J. Douglas Coatsworth, PhD is a professor of human development and family studies at Colorado State University and director of the Colorado State University Prevention Research Center (PRC). His training is in clinical psychology and prevention science and his research expertise focuses primarily on community-based interventions with special attention to family-based interventions to promote health and resilience for children and adolescents. He is a co-author of the Mindfulness-enhanced Strengthening Families Program (MSFP 10-14) that is designed to teach parents and youth strategies for brining mindfulness into their relationship. His work with the team and the CSU PRC centers around building collaborative partnerships with community agencies to develop and/or evaluate programs and practices that support healthy development across the lifespan.

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