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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

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

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

Professor Emeritus

Charles Glisson, PhD

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

Professor

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

Assistant Professor

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

Research Scientist

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

 
 

Paul Erwin

Faculty Affiliate

Paul Campbell Erwin, MD, PhD
Phone: 865-974-5252
E-mail: perwin@utk.edu

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.

Dr Erwin’s Vita

Aaron Brown

Graduate Research Assistant

Aaron Brown
Phone: 865-974-9143
E-mail: abrown89@vols.utk.edu

Aaron Brown is a current PhD student at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville College of Social Work. Aaron works as a graduate research assistant at the Center. He has worked in the community mental health field for over a decade in a variety of roles such as group home manager, case manager, applied behavioral analyst, outpatient therapist, and clinical supervisor. Aaron’s research interests include psychosocial interventions, substance abuse treatment, opioid dependence, and mindfulness.

Aaron Brown’s Vita
 
 

Ashley Howdeshell

Business Manager

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

Coordinator II

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

Coordinator II

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

Coordinator I

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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