The University of Tennessee, Knoxville


Lisa Reyes Mason, PhD

Lisa Reyes Mason, PhD
Assistant Professor

Biographical Statement

Dr. Lisa Reyes Mason received her Ph.D. and M.S.W. from the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis and her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania. Her 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. Dr. Mason's research is multidisciplinary and community engaged. She collaborates regularly with colleagues in Engineering and Geography.

Dr. Mason is funded by the National Science Foundation, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and Institute for a Secure and Sustainable Environment. She has published in major social work, health, and climate journals. Dr. Mason also directs the Environment and Social Development initiative at the Center for Social Development at Washington University in St. Louis.



  • BA, University of Pennsylvania
  • MSW, Washington University
  • PhD, Washington University

Courses Taught:

  • Intro to Macro Social Work Practice (SW512)
  • Advanced Policy Practice (SW548)
  • Research III: Funded Research Grant Writing (SW603

Research Interests:

  • Vulnerability and adaptation to climate change
  • Water and society
  • Gender and development
  • Asset and resource inequalities




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