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Denzel Dukes

Associate Director

Denzel Dukes, MSSW
Phone: 865-974-1707
E-mail: ddukes@utk.edu

Denzel Dukes has managed the Center for Behavioral Health Research’s operations and worked directly on various Center research projects for over twenty years. He previously served in management positions in a number of community nonprofit organizations. Mr. Dukes has been closely involved in developing the ARC organizational change strategy since its initial pilot testing in the mid-1990s.

Denzel Dukes’s Vita

Michael Mason

Michael Mason, PhD
Phone: 865-974-9148
E-mail: mmason29@utk.edu

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.

Michael Mason’s Vita

Charles Glisson

Charles Glisson, PhD
Professor Emeritus

Charles Glisson, Professor Emeritus, is the founding director of the Center. He has 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.

Charles Glisson’s Vita
 
 
 
 

John Wodarski

John Wodarski, PhD
Phone: 865-974-9154
E-mail: jwodarsk@utk.edu

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.

John Wodarski’s Vita

 
 
 
 

Lisa Reyes Mason

Lisa Reyes Mason, PhD
Phone: 865-974-6544
E-mail: mason@utk.edu

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.

Lisa Reyes Mason’s Vita

 
 

Philip Green

Philip Green, PhD
Phone: 865-974-9131
E-mail: pgreen@utk.edu

Philip Green, Research Scientist, is responsible for the collection, analysis, and interpretation of research data, and he is involved in the ongoing development of the Center’s Organizational Social Context Measure. He holds a doctorate in experimental psychology from the University of Tennessee.

Philip Green’s Vita

 
 
 
 

Ashley Howdeshell

Ashley Howdeshell
Phone: 865-974-9156
E-mail: ahobby4@utk.edu

Ashley Howdeshell, Business Manager, develops the Center’s budgets, facilitates contracts and subcontracts, and monitors expenditures to ensure budgetary and regulatory compliance. She has over ten years combined experience in grant funding administration and accounting in higher education and the business sector.

 
 
 
 

Connie Armstrong

Connie Armstrong
Phone: 865-974-9154
E-mail: cwarmstr@utk.edu

Connie Armstrong coordinates large research projects and is responsible for developing budgets and monitoring expenses for those projects. She also provides administrative support for preparing and submitting grant proposals, publications, and reports.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Shauna Cook

Shauna Cook
Phone: 865-974-0633
E-mail: cooks@utk.edu

Shauna Cook coordinates large research projects and the submission of grant proposals, publications, and reports. She also develops project budgets and monitors expenditures.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Claire Van Riper

Claire Van Riper
Phone: 865-974-0840
E-mail: cvanripe@utk.edu

Claire Van Riper provides project support for Center staff and is a liaison between the Center and organizations implementing ARC. She has over ten years of experience in program coordination.

 
 
 
 
 

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