The University of Tennessee, Knoxville


Freida Herron

Freida B. Herron, DSW, LCSW

Clinical Assistant Professor


  • University of Tennessee in Knoxville, DSW
  • University of Tennessee in Knoxville, MSSW
  • Georgia State University (Atlanta, GA), MBA,
  • Wayland University (Plainview, TX), BA

Research Interests:

Suicide prevention in rural communities and with high risk populations such as LGBT youth; stigma reduction for persons diagnosed with mental illness.

Clinical Practice

2006–Present — Psychotherapist and founder of BalancePoint Counseling in Maryville, Tennessee

Community Activities

  • Co-chair, Blount County Mental Health Awareness and Suicide Prevention Alliance, 2008 through 2016
  • Recipient of the 2014 Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network award for East Tennessee
  • Certified QPR Suicide Prevention Educator
  • Family Promise Coordinator, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Maryville, TN
  • University of Tennessee Chancellor’s Associates


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