Betsey R. Bush Endowed Professor in Children and Families at Risk
Michael Mason, PhD
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